Dr. Bahar is an Assistant Professor of Gifted and Creative Education (GCE) in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia. After graduating from Bilkent University with a degree in Industrial Engineering, he completed his Ph.D. in Special Education with a focus on Gifted Education and minor in Mathematics Education at the University of Arizona. He served as the teacher of gifted students and mathematics teacher for several years at Arizona public schools. His research interests include mathematical creativity, problem solving, mathematical ability, and talent development.
Before his position at UGA, Dr. Bahar was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, served as the coordinator of graduate programs in Gifted Education and directed youth programs including Youth in College and STEM for Young Scholars. Dr. Bahar is the recipent of numerous awards including, Math Hero of the Year Award (national recognition by Raytheon Co & MathMovesU in 2009, United States) and Edith May Sliffe - Distinguished Teaching Award (nation-wide recognition by Mathematical Association of America in 2010).