Dr. Mustafa Verşan Kök was born in 1960. He attended the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic for his primary education. Upon graduation from Ankara Atatürk High School in Turkey, he was admitted to Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program at METU where he received his B.Sc. degree in 1983 and his Ph.D. degree in 1990.
Dr. Kök worked for SHELL Petroleum company as a well-site operation engineer between 1986-1987. He joined CNRS-INSA de LYON (Institiute National Des Sciences Appliquees, Laboratoire de Thermochimie Minerale) of France in 1993 and ELF Petroleum company research center in 1994. Dr. Kök worked as a Visiting Professor in the UK, Germany and Hungary for more than 1.5 years between 1995 and 2000.
Between 2001-2006, Dr. Kök served as the Adviser to the President of TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). His position at TÜBİTAK included Turkey’s membership related to the EU’s 6th Framework Programme (FP6), which is listed under the priority of Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems (SUST) and Joint Research Center (JRC). Dr. Kök worked for CNRS-ICARE of France in Orleans as a Visiting Professor from December 2015 to May 2016.
Dr. Kök’s more than thirty years of academic life is devoted to energy, drilling and production technologies as well as the enhancement of oil recovery techniques and fossil fuel characterization. Dr. Kök’s academic works included 216 articles in SCI journals and 83 international conference papers. These papers received more than 5400 citations and his Web of Science (WoS) h-index is 45. Dr. Kök has been involved in more than 35 national and international projects, through which Dr. Kök received 2 Science, 24 Research, Achievement and Promotional awards granted by several national and international institutions. These achievements and awards include National Foundation for Development of Mining Science Award in 2007 and Prof. Dr. Mustafa Parlar Foundation Science Award in 2008. In the same year, Dr. Kök was awarded the International Leader Scientist and Engineer by OIC. On February 28, 2019, Kazan Federal State University bestowed on Dr. Kök an Honorary Doctorate title.
Dr. Kök worked as the Chair of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department at METU and was selected the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in November 2015. Dr. Mustafa Verşan Kök was appointed the President of Middle East Technical University in July 2016 and continues to serve in this role.
Dr. Kök is the Principal Member of Turkish Academy of Science (TÜBA).