Istem Ozen

Humanities and Sciences


Born and raised in Turkey and based in Austria, Istem Özen is a materials scientist PhD with experience in both academia and industry. Özen's scientific work has focused on environmental applications such as photo-catalysis and photo-voltaics. Özen took her research and laboratory skills further during her post-doctoral stay at the synchrotron radiation facility in Italy.

With her extended art and science practice, Özen has participated in group exhibitions at notable venues. Most recently, she has been tackling nano-materials as artistic landscapes to experience. In 2022, she received her MA degree from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. With more than 10 years of experience in teaching and supervision, she joined ArtCenter in Fall 2021 as a Keck Fellow in Humanities and Sciences to contribute to developing the Materials Science Minor and the Science Laboratory further. In addition, she collaborates with various organizations on STEAM education projects focused on sustainability.


  • HSCI-306-01: Adventures in Materials
  • HSCI-320-01: Matter of Life: Earth Outbound