Didem Unat joined Koç University in September 2014 as a full time faculty. Previously she was at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and worked at the Exascale Combustion Co-design center. She is the recipient of the prestigious Luis Alvarez Fellowship in 2012 at the Berkeley Lab.
Her research interest lies primarily in the area of high performance computing, parallel programming models, compiler analysis and performance modeling. She is currently working on designing and evaluating programming models for state-of-the-art computer architectures. She received her Ph.D under Prof. Scott B. Baden's research group at University of California-San Diego. In her thesis, she developed the Mint programming model and its source-to-source compiler to facilitate GPGPU programming. She holds a B.S in computer engineering from Boğaziçi University.