Professor Atlar obtained BSc/MSc degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul, after which he completed a PhD in ocean engineering in Glasgow University. He then worked in British Maritime Technology Ltd as a senior/principal researcher for almost five years before joining in Newcastle University in 1994, where he held a personal chair in Ship Hydrodynamics and also directed the Emerson Cavitation Tunnel in the School of Marine Science and Technology. In May 2016 he moved to the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering in Strathclyde University of Glasgow to take a post a research professor where he is also the director of research.
Prof Atlar is a member of the current ITTC Advisory Council and served in the last 5 ITTC committees in the capacity of chair, secretary and technical committee member. His main interest lies in the field of naval hydrodynamics with specific emphasis on the powering of ships including fouling and antifouling coating performance. He was also the champion of the recent Research Vessel Replacement Project and designer of the current research catamaran of Newcastle University, “The Princess Royal”.