Buffalo Academy Of Science Charter School


The Board of Trustees provides competent stewardship and oversight of the school while implementing and maintaining policies, systems and processes to ensure academic success, organizational viability and faithfulness to the terms of its charter.





The Board of Trustees meets at 190 Franklin Street at 6:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. 


August 25, 2016

September 15, 2016

October 20, 2016

November 17, 2016

December 15, 2016

January 19, 2017

February 16, 2017

March 20, 2017

April 20, 2017

May 25, 2017 

June 27, 2017

July 10, 2017

August 17, 2017 Annual Meeting


Dr. Murat Demirbas

DR. MURAT DEMIRBAS is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Murat received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 2004 and completed his post-doctorate at the Theory of Distributed Systems Group at MIT in 2005. His research interests are in distributed and networked systems, cloud computing, distributed algorithms and self-stabilizing fault-tolerance. Murat received an NSF CAREER Award in 2008 and the UB Exceptional Scholars Young Investigator Award in 2010.

Dr. Tevfik Kosar

DR. TEVFIK KOSAR (Board Treasurer) is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, and worked as a tenure track faculty at Louisiana State University between 2005 and 2010. Dr. Kosar has received numerous research grants and awards from federal agencies such as NSF, DOE, NOAA and ONR including the very prestigious NSF CAREER Award to apply his novel research ideas in advanced science and technology. He has more than 60 scholarly publications in top journals and conferences in his research area. Dr. Kosar is very enthusiastic about integrating his research into K-12 education as much as possible. Dr. Kosar also has more than 10 years of experience with charter schools and other non-profit educational organizations, where he served in the governing boards at different capacities. He also has served as a volunteer at numerous elementary and secondary school activities such as science fairs, robotics clubs, math competitions, and student programming projects. Dr. Kosar's experience will be of crucial importance in developing new strategies for the improvement of quality of education at BASCS.

Dr. Mustafa Gokcek

DR. MUSTAFA GOKCEK (Board Secretary) joined the Board of the Buffalo Academy of Science in 2009 and was re-elected for a second term in 2012. Dr. Gokcek is currently an Associate Professor of History at Niagara University. He completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on trans-imperial intellectual interactions in the early 20th century. He regularly teaches courses on the history of the United States since 1945, Russia, the Middle East and Central Asia. He also serves as the Director of the master’s program in Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Gokcek has been involved with charter schools in various capacities since 2004. He believes strongly in the contribution that charter schools make to our education system. For Dr. Gokcek, a strong focus on STEM education, preparing students for college and beyond, and strong cooperation of the student-teacher-parent triad is critical for the prosperous future of our society.

Dr. David J. Banks

DR. DAVID J. BANKS is a Professor of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Banks earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research interests include social anthropology, kinship, culture, historical methods, contemporary social change and studies of Southeast Asia and Malaya.

Dr. Selcuk Acar

DR. SELCUK ACAR is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the leadership minor program at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College. His research and teaching interests include creativity, leadership and gifted education. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia, where he studied creativity, divergent thinking and the education of the gifted and talented. Before that, he received his M.A. in Gifted Education from Istanbul University, in Turkey. Dr. Acar studied leadership skills of the gifted students in his master's thesis. Dr. Acar presented his research at the major conferences and published many of them in the peer-reviewed journals. Most of his studies utilized quantitative methods and he is interested in applying advanced quantitative methods in his research.