Dr. Faruk Taban is the President of the Turkic American Alliance (TAA), a broader umbrella organization covering nationwide Turkic-American institutions with its head office in Washington, D.C. Before his appointment to the TAA, Dr. Taban’s career included posts in the academic world. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada in 2002 and taught at Western Nevada College. Until 2009, he was a faculty member at the University of Denver. He occasionally teaches at the Catholic University of America. Dr. Taban currently serves at the White House Ethnic Committee.