Alev Yaraman was born in Antakya, Turkey. She received a BA in Chemistry from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, before completing an MA in Technical Science Degree in Glass Technology from the University of Sheffield in the UK, in 1971.
Alev began her career with SISECAM as a Research and Development Engineer. She was appointed as the Research and Design Manager in 1977 and promoted to be the Vice President of Research and Technology in 1984. She became the Chief Executive of the Glassware Group in 1991 and then served as Chief Executive of the Flat Glass Group between 1998 and 2007. She was also served as Executive Vice President on the Management Committee of Şişecam between 1991 and 2007. Between 2008 and 2015, she worked as Vice Chair and a member of the Board of Directors at Şişecam. She is a fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, UK and a member of the American Ceramic Society.
Throughout her career, Alev has authored and co-authored scientific papers in major national and international glass periodicals, and has chaired and participated in numerous worldwide glass science and technology conferences.
Alev has also been the recipient of national and international awards including the 1999 Phoenix Award for Glass Person of the Year. Also in 1999, she received the M. Parlar Education and Research Foundation’s Service Award at the Middle East Technical University for her contributions to glass technology. In 2007, Alev was awarded the ICG’s President’s Award for promoting the advancement of glass science and technology.
Most recently, Alev received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the University of Sheffield.