Ayse Devrim Atauz received her B.S. in Industrial Design in 1994 from the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey). Her interest in Archaeology led her to continue her education and research in this field, and she received her M.A in Archaeology and History of Art from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) in 1997, having completed her thesis on the detailed investigation and research of an underwater site in Turkish waters.
Specializing further on underwater archaeology, Ayse Atauz completed her PhD at Texas A&M University Nautical Archaeology Program in 2004. Fieldwork conducted by Dr. Atauz includes underwater archaeology projects in Turkey, Norway, Portugal, Malta, USA, Bulgaria, Italy and England.
Her specialty is the development of ship construction between the fourteenth and the sixteenth centuries.