Prof. Dr. Sıddıka Semahat Demir was born in Istanbul and completed her education at Hasan Ali Yücel Elementary School and Robert College. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Istanbul University, she received her master's degree in two different fields, from Boğaziçi University in Biomedical Engineering and from Rice University in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Subsequently, she received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University and did her postdoctoral work in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She has been lecturing as a professor in Turkey and in the United States in Biomedical, Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has been a speaker in more than 680 international conferences in more than 30 countries and has 131 publications. She has been chosen to participate in academic leadership programs in Turkey as well as internationally. She has directed numerous research and product development initiatives, including long-term projects funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. She has also led the diplomacy of science between Turkey and the United States. She has been serving as the rector of Kültür University since 2012.