Mustafa Özdal received his PhD degree in Computer Science from Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining Bilkent, he was a research scientist in the Strategic CAD Labs of Intel, Oregon. He has served in the executive and the technical program committees of several conferences. He is a recipient of the IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Award, ACM SIGDA Technical Leadership Award, TUBITAK Postdoctoral Reintegration Fellowship, and the European Commission MSCA Individual Fellowship.

His current research interests include algorithms for large-scale problems, high performance computing, parallel and heterogeneous computing, computer-aided design algorithms, and hardware/FPGA accelerators for big data applications.