Cihan Cobanoglu is an associate professor of Hospitality Information Technology at the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Hotel and Restaurant Management specializing in Information Technology. He is a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) commissioned by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals and Educational Institute of American Hotel and Lodging Association.
Dr. Cobanoglu has over 5 years of industry experience. He worked as System Manager for Ramada International Mersin, a five-star luxury hotel with 350 rooms. He is a Certified Micros/Fidelio programmer. Before working at Ramada, he worked in different segments of the industry including hotels, restaurants, blue voyage yachts, and clubs in different positions.
His research involves the use and impact of technology in hospitality industry. Dr. Cobanoglu published in scholarly journals such as Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, International Journal of Hospitality Information Technology and International Journal of Market Research. He has made over 100 presentations in national and international conferences, such as HITEC, FSTEC, MURTEC, and HFTP Annual Convention. Professional affiliations include Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, Hospitality Information Technology Association, and Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education. Dr. Cobanoglu also serves the hospitality industry as an IT consultant.