Metin Sitti is the President of Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey since fall 2023. Beforehand, he was the director of the Physical Intelligence Department at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany (2014-2023), professor at ETH Zurich in Switzerland (2020-2024), honorary professor at University of Stuttgart, Germany since 2017, tenured professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA (2002-2014), and a research scientist at UC Berkeley, USA (1999-2002). Between 2011-2012, he was a visiting professor at Harvard University, EPFL and Sorbonne University. He received his BSc (1992) and MSc (1994) degrees from Boğaziçi University, Turkey in electrical and electronics engineering, and PhD degree from University of Tokyo, Japan (1999) in electrical engineering. His research interests include wireless medical devices, small-scale mobile robotics, bio-inspired adhesives, and physical intelligence.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in USA and an IEEE Fellow. He received the Highly Cited Researcher recognition (2021, 2022, 2023), Breakthrough of the Year Award in the Falling Walls World Science Summit (2020), ERC Advanced Grant (2019), Rahmi Koç Medal of Science (2018), SPIE Nanoengineering Pioneer Award (2011), and NSF CAREER Award (2005). He received over 15 best paper and video awards at major conferences. He has supervised 71 (21 current) PhD students and 83 (14 current) postdocs, where over 50 of his group alumni are professors around the world. He has published 2 books and over 400 journal articles and has over 12 issued and 18 pending patents. He founded Setex Technologies Inc. in 2012 to commercialize his lab’s gecko-inspired microfiber adhesive technology. He is the editor-in-chief of Progress in Biomedical Engineering and Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics and associate editor in Science Advances journal.