Özdemir Bayraktar’s name will live on in the science center of his hometown of Trabzon.

Arrival in Trabzon under various programs Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technologythe pioneer of the ideal National Technology Move and national SİHAs, who bid farewell to Istanbul yesterday at the award ceremony of the TÜBİTAK high school students’ research project competition held at the Atatürk Cultural Center from Karadeniz Technical University (KTU). Ozdemir BayraktarHe wished for mercy.

Stating that Bayraktar is a person who sets an example for everyone with his conviction and position with his character, determination and works, Varank said, “He was a truly exceptional person who dedicated his life, his health and existence to the ideal and cause of an independent Turkey. I, Vecihi Hürkuş, recommend that they take these names as an example in their lives. Here, our brother Özdemir Bayraktar is a person who believed in a cause like them, fought for it and went even further and realized its beliefs.He will continue to serve this nation and this land even after his death.used the phrases.

Underlining that they took the decision to keep the name of Özdemir Bayraktar living in Trabzon, Minister Varank said: “When we arrived in the morning, we consulted with our governor and our mayor. Currently, we have started a science and art center project in Trabzon in order to orient our children towards science and technology. “Currently, its foundations are dug. We have decided to name this science center Özdemir Bayraktar. that the Trabzon Özdemir Bayraktar Science Center will bring good luck to our city and to Turkey.” he said.

Emphasizing that while the ministry, Özdemir Bayraktar and people like him are trying to instill their struggle and determination to set an example for all, and that is why they are setting up organizations from different parts of the country, Varank said that children and young people should receive training in new technologies, from an early age, and provide material and moral support.

“We will build Turkey, which is not the market but the producer of critical technologies, with their scientific projects”

In this context, Varank said that he has organized the world’s largest space aviation and technology festival, sky observation events to explore the universe and science festivals, and said: “The commonality of it’s all about our young people leading them. really expensive to see our young people running in the lead in this relay race.” It is an inestimable happiness. Because when you look into the eyes of our young people, you see this light and you feel this enthusiasm. economic independence and technology of our country with these talents. We will build Turkey, which is not the market but the producer of the critical technologies, with their scientific projects.

Explaining that TÜBİTAK is a pioneer in this field and that it both arouses students’ sense of curiosity and encourages scientific studies with the competitions it organizes, Varank said that they organized the award ceremony prize of the 15th TÜBİTAK High School Student Research Project Competition.

Stating that more than 15,000 entries were submitted for the competition and more importantly that entries came from all 81 provinces, Varank congratulated all the young people who won prizes after the final round and said, “Our students are- they rewarded financially? “I asked. They showed me the figures, but I found these figures insufficient. I say that we should at least increase the financial rewards of our students who reached the final and received prizes of 1000 lira each. Our children make the best use of this money and invest in the projects they will carry out next year.” he said. These words of Minister Varank received loud applause in the hall.

Stating that today is called the information age and there is very tough competition, Varank said:

“The determinant of this competition is no longer just prices, but now competition is through scientific and technological research and new products developed. That is why we, as a ministry, continue to work day and night to train human resources who have acquired a scientific background and culture of research from an early age.” Scientific studies not only create high added value for countries’ economies, but also trigger countries’ technological transformations. We, as a country, are determined and determined to increase our power among the countries of the world by achieving this transformation in all aspects.”

“We offer a wide range of opportunities and support for local scientists”

Noting that they carry out various activities in this context, Varank continued as follows:

“One of the most important applications we have launched is the International Leading Researchers program. We allow leading scientists from the international community to bring their work to our country for this program, which we opened in 2018 We provide many opportunities and support to When we announced this program, they said to us: “Don’t dream, who comes to Turkey, who does scientific research in Turkey? They tried to suppress our efforts with such rhetoric. I’m sure they ignore the facts in Turkey. We have supported our scientists, like others, not with slogans, but with concrete actions, and we will continue to support them following our call , 152 of them were Turkish. As a result of these applications, we brought 127 top researchers from 21 different countries to our country, they brought to Turkey the experience they gained from research universities, global R&D companies such as Amazon and Apple, and they are currently operating in Turkey, and besides, each of them is training 5 PhD students so that they can make more serious contributions to scientific studies in Turkey. »

Noting that they achieved great success in the ISEF International Science and Engineering Competition and the European Union Young Scientists Competition this year, Varank said, “10 of our 14 projects in the ISEF competition and 5 of our 6 projects in the EU Young Scientists competition deserve This success is the greatest success we have achieved in recent years. I sincerely believe that our children here will successfully represent themselves and our country in international scientific circles in the future. he said.

“Our successes are not limited to these.” Using the phrase Varank said, “We have won 5 gold, 19 silver, 30 bronze and 2 honorable mentions at the science Olympics held on the international stage alone in 2021. Our brilliant science-loving youth, which makes us proud of these achievements, will take great and mighty Turkey much further. Thanks to our scientific and research ecosystem, which is living its golden age, we will witness similar successes together and many more.” mentioned.

Varank said that everything in the field of science and technology starts with dreams and that it is not possible to design without dreaming, to innovate in the field of science and technology and to produce something something new.

Explaining that it is very important that young people turn to scientific studies from an early age, Varank said:

“I would like to thank our colleagues from TÜBİTAK who fulfill an important mission in this field. We have only one request from you. We have only one request from you, to continue your scientific studies without ceasing to dream, no matter what obstacles I am 100% sure that my younger brothers here will do very successful work in the future.I am sure that our Nobel laureates will be among you in the future, but our professor Aziz Sancar reminded us: “You are doing a scientific study, you have to do it for the good of humanity, for the good of your country. You should do this work for the good of your When you do it, when you work with this sincerity, they already give you the Nobel.’ He said: I am 100% sure that my young brothers here will work with this sincerity.

TÜBİTAK President Hasan Mandal noted that 7-8,000 applications were submitted in 2017 for the 15th competition, and today that number has doubled and 15,000 applications have been received.

Stating that they received applications from all over Turkey, Varank drew attention to the fact that the applications did not only come from certain towns and cities, and that around 5,000 of the 15,000 projects came from Van.

After the speeches, Minister Varank presented prizes to the students who graduated from the competition.

After the ceremony, Varank visited a few stalls, chatted with the students and had his picture taken.

The ceremony was attended by Governor of Trabzon, İsmail Ustaoğlu, Mayor of Trabzon Metropolitan Municipality, Murat Zorluoğlu, Rector of KTU, Prof. Dr. Hamdullah Çuvalcı, students, parents and teachers were also present.

Trabzon Ozdemir Bayraktar Science Center

The Trabzon Özdemir Bayraktar Science Center, the construction of which was initiated by the Eastern Black Sea Development Agency (DOKA), TÜBİTAK and the Trabzon Metropolitan Municipality, will be located in Ortahisar district.

It is believed that the science center in Trabzon Özdemir Bayraktar will have sections such as a flight simulator, exhibition areas, a vehicle and a sundial on Mars, and design, nature, space and science workshops. aviation, mathematics and technology.

The center, which will also house a planetarium, is expected to be completed in 2022.

Ozdemir Bayraktar

Bayraktar, who was born in the village of Garipçe in 1949 as the son of fisherman Lütfi Reis, originally from Trabzon Sürmeneli, graduated from the mechanical engineering department of Istanbul Technical University and worked as a technical director during the creation and new investments of many factories which have taken a prominent place. role in the Turkish industrial sector. In 1984, he helped found Baykar Makina to help with localization efforts for the automotive industry.

Bayraktar led the studies conducted with the soldiers in the southeastern Anatolia region in 2005-2009, when R&D studies were conducted on Bayraktar’s mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the first vehicle unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Baykar for the TAF.

Özdemir Bayraktar was also the owner of the original designs that gave character to the Unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (SİHA) Bayraktar TB2 and Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA.

Bayraktar was awarded the Order of Karabakh by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in 2021, for the contribution of the Bayraktar TB2 SİHA, which were domestically developed and originally by Baykar, to the liberation of Karabakh of the occupation of Armenia.

Özdemir Bayraktar, who died on October 18 in the hospital where he was being treated, said goodbye to his last trip yesterday.

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