Speaker Ozan Varol’s Key Accomplishments Include…
Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor, author, and podcaster. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Ozan moved to the United States by himself at 17 to attend university. He became a rocket scientist and served on the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers project that sent two rovers to Mars. He built stuff that went to the red planet and wrote code that snaps photos of the Martian surface.
Ozan then pivoted and became a law professor to influence others to make interplanetary leaps on Earth. He graduated first in his class from law school, earning the highest grade point average in his law school’s history. He has written numerous award-winning articles that are taught in colleges and graduate schools. He’s the author of The Democratic Coup d’Etat, published by Oxford University Press.
Ozan’s work has been featured in various domestic and foreign media, including Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, BBC, TIME, CNN, and Washington Post. Bestselling authors with large followings—including Tim Ferriss, Adam Grant, Daniel Pink, Susan Cain, among many others—have featured Ozan in their weekly newsletters.
Ozan’s forthcoming book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist, will be published in Spring 2020 by the Hachette Book Group in the United States and by Penguin Random House in several foreign markets.
Ozan blogs weekly on his website, ozanvarol.com. He’s a regular contributor to Ladders and Heleo. His work is also frequently featured on Flipboard. Through these platforms, his articles reach millions of readers each month. Ozan’s podcast, Famous Failures, was selected by iTunes for inclusion in the top 25 podcasts in the business category.
Ozan is a sought-after speaker. He’s given countless radio and television interviews, and delivered keynote speeches both to small and large crowds at major corporations, nonprofits, and government institutions.