Aerospace Engineering

Faculty Members

Demiral Akbar  

Prof. Dr. Demiral AKBAR


Prof. Demiral AKBAR completed his Bachelor's (1993) and Master's (1996) degrees in the field of Plasma and High Energy Physics in Mosul University. In 2006, he received his PhD in Plasma and High Energy Physics from METU. Between 2006 and 2010, Prof. Akbar worked as a researcher and expert in many national and international projects. Since 2007, Prof. Akbar has been actively involved in the development and installation of many solar energy and renewable energy and energy storage systems for national and international companies. Prof. Akbar worked in many national and international projects: Turkish Accelerator Center Project (TAC), Ankara; Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH-Germany Research Center (TEXT); and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-ROSSENDORF (FEL-Free Electron Laser) are some of the centers where these projects. Prof. Akbar has been developed many projects in digital Industry, IoT system, smart cities and smart organized industrial zone.


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.

Youde Han  

Assist. Prof. Dr. Akif HACINECİPOĞLU


Dr. Akif Hacınecipoğlu received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2009. After graduation, he worked as teaching and research assistant in the same department from 2010 until 2018. He received his M.Sc. degree with a thesis on development of a tele-operated semi-autonomous ground vehicle in 2012 and his Ph.D. degree with development of predictive human-aware navigation systems for mobile robots in 2019 from Mechanical Engineering department of METU. He founded Milvus Robotics Ltd in 2011 where, with his co-founders, he developed Turkey’s first autonomous mobile robots for material handling needs in factories and warehouses. He also worked as a researcher and project manager in different robotics projects funded by TUBITAK and various associations. His main research areas are robotics, robot vision, autonomous systems, path planning and navigation.


Assist. Prof. Dr. Çağıl Merve TANIK


Dr. Çağıl Merve Tanık completed her undergraduate education at Hacettepe University Mechanical Engineering Department in 2011. She received his master's and doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 2014 and 2020 respectively. As a master's thesis, she discussed a compliant version of the universal joint, which has great importance in machine design. The theoretical capacity of the world's first compliant cardan joint made of steel is introduced by simulations and some original approaches. In the doctoral thesis, a fully compliant slider-crank mechanism is designed that has large displacement ability. The mechanism is produced and theoretical results are compared with experimental results. During her graduate and doctorate education, she worked as a research assistant in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University for more than 8 years. In 2020, she worked as a part-time lecturer at Çankaya University. Her main areas of study are flexible mechanisms, solid mechanics and finite element analysis.


 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. Birce Nil UZAY


Birce Nil Uzay obtained her BSc Degree in mechanical engineering from Istanbul University in 2008, and her MSc and PhD degrees from Gazi University in 2012 and 2018. Numerical Methods, thermo-fluidic sciences, and prototyping constitute Dr. Uzay’s academic and professional interests. For 12 years, she has worked in the private sector and she oversaw numerous projects from multi-disciplined engineering projects. Currently, alongside her academic duty, she is the CEO of a company of she owns.


Research Assist. Mehmet Can TÜRK


Mehmet Can Türk received his BSc degree from Firat University Mechanical Engineering Department in 2018 and started his MSc studies at Fırat University, Mechanical Engineering Department, Theory of Machines and Dynamics Branch in 2019. His areas of interest are as follows: robotics, automation systems, artificial intelligence, 3D printing technologies and rocket science. As the BSc thesis, he studied on a six degree-of-freedom robotic manipulator (robotic arm) in which; 3D design, kinematic analysis and real-time simulation via Matlab-Simulink have been covered. For his MSc thesis, he currently studies on a physical six degree-of-freedom robotic manipulator (Staubli RX160) where the aim is to control the manipulator via Matlab.





Part-Time and Guest Faculty Members



Prof. Dr. Yunus A. ÇENGEL


Yunus Çengel is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA and the founding dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Adnan Menderes University in Aydin, Turkey. He received his Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in USA. Before joining ADU in 2012, he held the position of the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Yildiz Technical University YTU and as Advisor to President at Scientific and Technological Research Council TUBITAK on international cooperations. He also served as the advisor to several government organizations and private companies on energy efficiency, energy policies, and education reform. Professor Çengel is the author or coauthor of the widely adopted textbooks such as Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences, Heat and Mass Transfer: Fundamentals and Applications, Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications published by McGraw-Hill and translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian, Greek, and French


Assist. Prof. Enes TAMDOĞAN


Enes Tamdoğan obtained his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Uludağ University in 2009 and completed his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus in 2011 with his thesis on “Numerical Study On Swirling Flows in a Pulverized Oxy-Coal Burner (Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology)”. There, he also focused on sustainable energy supply techniques beside of CCS Technologies. Then, he pursued his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Özyeğin University with research interests of cooling technologies (Direct-Indirect Liquid Cooling, etc) in electronics, heat transfer on structured surfaces, CFD analysis and experimental studies for single and multi phase Natural&Forced Convection problems. He also has worked as visiting researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta for three different projects.
Thereafter, he has joined to TAI and established a heat transfer group working for TFX Engine and then moved
with his group to TR Motor Propulsion Inc. Currently, he is working on gas turbine engine cooling technologies and dedicated his complete focus on turbine blade cooling problems.