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BTN LiveBIG: From Turkey to West Lafayette, Purdue professor fuels research

Through a long and winding journey that took her from Turkey to West Lafayette and many places in between, Gozdem Kilaz hasn’t forgotten what’s most important in her teaching. “It’s all about the students,” said the assistant professor at Purdue’s school of engineering technology. “They continue to amaze me. They’re so savvy, so enthusiastic and can do so much. People think the professors are the ones who go to the labs and everything, but we’re more like the fire chiefs — make sure they don’t hurt themselves.” Still, Kilaz has quite a bit to teach them. In addition to her