- Rahmi Akcelik
- Mark Besley
- Harry Cai
- Sabine Boukamp
- Ben Greene
- Tony Phan
- Sevim Akcelik
- Umut Akcelik
- Amanda Savage
- Nilgun Safak
- Ayda Akcelik
- Danielle Ward
Dr Akçelik (pronounced Ak-chelik) is a Director at Akcelik & Associates (trading as SIDRA SOLUTIONS). He is a leading scientist and software developer with over 300 technical publications in his area of expertise. Dr Akçelik leads the SIDRA SOLUTIONS software development team and contributes to software design and technical specifications, user training and technical support.
He graduated as a Civil Engineer from Istanbul Technical University (1968), and received a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from Leeds University, England. He migrated to Australia in 1975. He worked as a traffic engineer-planner with the National Capital Development Commission, Canberra (1975-79), and as a researcher with ARRB Transport Research, Melbourne (1979-1999). In 1999, Dr Akçelik established Akcelik and Associates Pty Ltd as a research and software company specialising in the area of road traffic operations, traffic engineering, management and control.
Awards received by Dr Akçelik include the 2014 Roads Australia Award for Technical Excellence in recognition of the exceptional achievement of an individual in a technical or scientific area relevant to transport, the 1999 Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award for outstanding commitment and contribution to the application of science and technology in Australia, the 2008 Institute of Transportation Engineers Australia and New Zealand Section Contribution to the Transportation Profession Award, and the 1986 Institute of Transportation Engineers (USA) Transportation Energy Conservation Award in Memory of Frederick A. Wagner for research into energy savings from urban traffic.
Dr Akçelik served as member of the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committees on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service (HCQS), and Traffic Signal Systems. He made various contributions to the US Highway Capacity Manual. He has trained several thousand professionals in over 250 workshops, courses and seminars.
Mark Besley is a scientist and software specialist who has worked in the traffic management area during the last three decades. Mark was born and grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He studied applied mathematics at Monash University, and worked as a researcher with ARRB Transport Research (1980-1999). In 1999, Mark Besley joined Akcelik and Associates Pty Ltd as a Director.
Mark has been involved in many aspects of research on traffic operations including incident detection, traffic network models, fuel consumption estimation, traffic data collection and analysis. He has made a significant contribution to the development of the SIDRA SOLUTIONS software in collaboration with Dr Akçelik over a long period. His contributions include software design and programming, user training and technical support.
Licheng (Harry) Cai is a Software Engineer at Akcelik & Associates. He completed Master of Applied IT and Master of IT (Minor Thesis) degrees at Monash University. During his studies, he was involved in research for a Collision Warning System which enhances intersection safety. Harry joined Akcelik and Associates Pty Ltd in 2008. He contributes to the development and support of SIDRA SOLUTIONS software products.
Sabine Boukamp is a Software Engineer at Akcelik & Associates. She graduated as a Civil Engineer with specialization in Computer-aided Civil Engineering from the Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany in 2001. During 2002-2009, she worked for a major US engineering company, where she was involved in the development and implementation of bridge engineering software systems. Sabine joined Akcelik & Associates in 2010. She contributes to the development of SIDRA SOLUTIONS software products.
Ben Greene is a Software Developer at Akcelik & Associates. He has industry experience developing and maintaining mapping and geographic data capture software products across multiple platforms and technologies. He studied at La Trobe University towards Bachelor of Network Engineering degree. Ben joined Akcelik & Associates in 2010. He contributes to the development of SIDRA SOLUTIONS software products.
Thanh Tung (Tony) Phan is a Software Engineer at Akcelik & Associates. Tony graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy in Vietnam with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Informatics in 2007. He worked as a high school teacher in IT before coming to Melbourne for further study. He completed Master of IT and Master of Business Administration degrees at La Trobe University in 2010. Tony joined Akcelik & Associates in 2011 to contribute to the development of SIDRA SOLUTIONS software products.
Sevim Akçelik is Manager Operations at Akcelik & Associates. She held various management positions over two decades including her role as the the Chief Executive Officer of a leading service organisation providing support to the Medical, Health and Aged Care sectors in Victoria before joining Akcelik & Associates in 2004. Sevim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural Studies, Diploma in Financial Management, Graduate Diploma in Management, and Master of Business and Administration. Strong academic/technical foundations have seen her career evolve through Research, Training, Accountancy and Management roles in Turkey, England and Australia. Her in-depth understanding of government processes and organisational dynamics is supported by proven managerial capabilities and effectiveness. Sevim developed the Integrated Management System for Akcelik & Associates culminating in ISO 9001 quality system accreditation.
Umut Akcelik is Marketing Director at Akcelik & Associates. He joined the company in 2007 bringing a broad range of experience and skills in the field. He successfully completed a Bachelor of Business in Marketing at Swinburne University of Technology and a Master of Arts in Advertising at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Umut has been responsible for company rebranding, authoring a comprehensive brand identity model for SIDRA SOLUTIONS, and developing an integrated marketing communications plan for SIDRA INTERSECTION and SIDRA TRIP. He used his online marketing savvy to design and implement the eCommerce system for the business which was successfully launched in 2009. He currently working on branding and marketing comms for SIDRA INTERSECTION 7.
Amanda Savage joined Akcelik & Associates in 2007 as Sales Administrator and has since moved into the position of Assistant Manager. She is responsible for the maintenance of the company's Integrated Management System as well as assisting the Marketing Manager and Operations Manager with the running of the organisation. Amanda has her Diploma of Management and Certificate II in Business.
Nilgun Safak joined Akcelik & Associates as an e-Learning developer in 2011. She is responsible for the development of tutorial videos for SIDRA SOLUTIONS software products. She is an experienced educator in the field of physics, mathematics and learning technologies. She gained Bachelor of Science in Physics, Mathematics and Bachelor of Education degrees at Middle East Technical University in Ankara,Turkey. She completed a PostGraduate Diploma in Computer Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Nilgun has been a life-long learner with special interests in researching the developments of educational technologies, one-to-one computing and web design. For over twenty years, she worked at Methodist Ladies College as a Mathematics, Physics, Pastoral Care teacher and Learning Technology Consultant, and as the Director of Learning Technologies at the Korowa Anglican Girls' School, in Melbourne. Nilgun has presented on topics related to teaching and learning technology at various conferences in Australia and overseas, and she has created many e-learning resources for teachers and students for online delivery.
Danielle Ward joined Akcelik & Associates as Sales Officer in 2015. Danielle has held various management roles in the Telecoms Industry and Forex and Futures Market as well as holding positions in Accounting and Local Government. Danielle also lived internationally for a number of years in South Korea and Japan, gaining a valuable understanding and respect for different cultural nuances and the subleties of doing business in a global environment.