Aerospace Engineering

Faculty Members


Prof. Dr. Birol KILKIŞ


Dr. Kilkis received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with high honors from Middle East Technical University and graduated in 1972 from von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium with Honors. Dr. Kilkis has been working on heat transfer, unified heat transfer theory, high-performance buildings, quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat pumps, energy strategies, hydrogen energy with renewable energy systems, hydrogen cities, 5th generation Net-zero exergy cities, district energy systems, aerodynamics, exergy analysis, combined heat and power, tri-generation, green airports, sustainable aviation, integrated solar PV systems, and energy simulations. He is the co-author of a most recent book on Cogeneration with Renewables. In total, he has published more than 600 papers in several journals and proceedings on a large variety of topics. Since 1972, he has been the principal investigator of several industrial projects, including a NATO Science for Stability project on a de-centralized, co-generating 1.5 MW fluidized-bed power plant. He had been a contractor to DOE, Morgantown Energy Technology Center in West Virginia twice on fluidized bed heat transfer modeling. Between 1998 and 1999, he acted as the project principal for snow melting systems for Air Force bases, heat tracing of fighter jet aircraft during freezing periods, and snow/ice melting of helicopter pads on Navy Vessels. He taught at METU, Gannon University and University of Missouri Rolla in the USA, and Baskent University. Currently he is the Regional Distinguished Lecturer of ASHRAE and the vice-chair, and WP 1 Leader in ETIP Renewable Heating and Cooling in the European Union, Brussels.


Assist. Prof. Hikmet BAL


Dr. Hikmet Bal graduated with bachelor degree from Mechanical Engineering Department of Gazi University Engineering Faculty in 2002. He gained his MSc degree in 2006 in the same department with a study on vision system. In 2019, he received his PhD degree in Mechanical Dynamics and Theory field by his study on the vibration behavior of shaft-bearing systems from Mechanical Engineering Department of Gazi University. He gained a multidisciplinary work experience by working as a technical staff and project engineer on information technology systems and HVAC projects in government and private sector for a long time. He worked as a tactical unmanned air vehicle operating technical staff and expert engineer in government and private sector as well. He conducts research in the areas of multibody dynamics and vibration of mechanical system, vision system and signal processing, unmanned air vehicles.


Assist. Prof. Hüseyin Gökmen AKSOY


Hüseyin Gökmen Aksoy received his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees from Istanbul Technical University in the field of mechanical engineering in 1998, 2001 and 2008, respectively. In 1999, he was a visiting researcher in Institute of Fluid Mechanics at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Germany. He attended the diploma program of the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department of the Von Karman Fluid Dynamics Institute in Brussels-Belgium between 2001-2002. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the Israel Institute of Technology-Technion between 2010-2011 and studied on wave propagation. He worked as a lecturer at different universities in Turkey. Besides his academic studies, Hüseyin Gökmen Aksoy worked as a project engineer and quality assurance engineer in the industry. He continues his studies on wave propagation and mechanical behavior of materials both experimentally and theoretically.


Research Assist. İbrahim Soner BİLYAZ


He is graduated from Mechanical Engineering Department at Middle East Technical University in January 2019. After taking some courses from the Aerospace Engineering Department at the same university as a special student, he started his Master's Degree at the same department in January 2020. His research interests are experimental aerodynamics, propulsion systems and turbomachinery. For his thesis study, he is currently working on aerodynamic performance investigation of the boundary layer ingested propulsion systems.



Part-Time and Guest Faculty Members


Assist. Prof. Bahri KESİCİ


He worked in the General Directorate of Civil Aviation for more than 11 years and retired as Director General. He previously served as the Mayor of Kavak District, worked in a company in Ankara OSTİM for a while, and worked as an independent management consultant for a while. During the officer period; he served at Eskişehir, 4th Main jet Base, USA WPAFB, MSB and Turkish Air Force Headquarters. He worked as an engineer, manager and project manager in the TUAF headquarters. He worked in the USA as the F-16 Project Manager. During his professional life, Board member of Kavak OSB, Board Member of PTT, PTT Technology and PTT Anadolum. He is also a member of ECAC CC and D-8 Aviation Group President, and he is still acting as GTÜ rector advisor. On behalf of our country, he also made many civil aviation negotiations and concluded MOU’s in Turkey and abroad. He is currently working at Girişim 2023 Consulting company