In 2019, Assistant Professor of Finance Serdar Aldatmaz was recognized as Faculty of the Year by the MS in Management class. It has been one of his most memorable experiences since coming to the School of Business in 2013. But, for Aldatmaz, even the small, personalized moments have been gratifying.
“There is no greater feeling than receiving thank you letters from my students showing their appreciation for my class and newly found interests in finance,” says Aldatmaz. “Inspiring my students and helping them find their passion is highly rewarding and is the reason I continue to teach at Mason each year.”
Separately from teaching, Aldatmaz is passionate about research. His primary research area is empirical corporate finance, with a focus on private equity, venture capital, initial public offerings (IPOs) and international capital flows. In his current work, Aldatmaz studies international private equity investments with a focus on their implications on industry spillovers and the real economy as well as the determinants of international buyout capital flows. His other line of research is in the area of initial public offerings, where he investigates topics like post-IPO innovation performance and IPO underpricing. Each year, Aldatmaz has run the school’s finance seminar series, where top researchers from top-tier institutions across the country would gather and share their expertise.
Aldatmaz holds a PhD in Finance from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and bachelor’s of arts degrees in both Economics and Business Administration from Koc University in Istanbul, where he is originally from.
Aldatmaz can’t wait to get back to the days (after the on-going pandemic) where he can take coffee break walks around the Fairfax campus with his finance colleagues. When he is not teaching or on campus, Aldatmaz’s days and nights are filled by his two little girls, Maya and Alya, ages three and five. He and his family have enjoyed traveling the world. They particularly enjoy spending time at the beach on the various Caribbean Islands.