Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Chairman’s Introductory Speech

Mechanical Engineering, one of the classical branches of engineering, has undergone significant changes in recent years to undertake the challenges in the modern world. Our department, as opened its doors in the Fall of 1996 admitting its first class of undergraduate students, is furnished with faculty members that meets the needs of the future mechanical engineers in response to these changes. Mechanical Engineering education covers both the fundamentals and practice; builds essentials for the problem-solving engineer as well as provides strategic methods for the applied scientist. The curriculum we offer includes thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, machine design, and manufacturing methods as essential core courses, and also provides courses from mechanical engineering practice such as refrigeration techniques, priciples of heat exchangers, internal combustion engines and machine tool design. In addition, courses related to recent advances in bio-fuels, renewable and green energy applications are also offered.

Mechanical Engineering is the profession that bridges fundamental sciences to the needs of common society and individuals. As such, an educated engineer knows and understands how to apply the fundamentals, but a mechanical engineer also understands the human needs and the society, and is able to articulate and solve their problems. The first principle in our mechanical engineering program is to educate the candidates by following this philosophical track.

Mechanical Engineering graduates may find employment in various branches of industry, that may include production, maintenance, quality control, design and management, and in companies providing engineering services and consultancy such as in power plant technology, in the field of accessing sources of energy such as petroleum, gas, in solar energy and wind energy, in metal production and forming plants and foundaries and many others.

Mechanical Engineering department also offers MSc and PHD degree programs in addition to BSc degree program. In fact, considering mechanical engineers working at site, MSc degree program in our department provides non-thesis option as well as master program with thesis. All of our academic personel are members of recognized engineering institutions and have long term experience in the fields of Heat Exchanger Design, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Bio-Materials, and in Biofuels. With this elaborately skilled faculty members, our department proceeds with doctorate program and welcomes PHD candidates holding MSc-degree with thesis in mechanical engineering.

Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ahsen SAVAŞ
Chairman of Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Program Objectives

As individuals and members of a competitive team, the graduates of the Department of Mechanical Engineering will have:

  • A solid mathematical and scientific background necessary to comprehend the fundamentals of engineering.
  • A strong foundation in engineering areas relevant to current industry needs to allow them to successfully compete for demanding and high quality jobs.
  • An ability to apply design procedures as required by the discipline which will allow them to produce resourceful and innovative engineering solutions.
  • An ability to communicate effectively and to act with social, ethical, and professional responsibility to fulfil their commitment inside and outside the engineering profession.
  • An ability to use computers as a tool for analysis, design, simulation, and control.
  • Strong laboratory skills that will allow them to design and conduct experiments with systems and instruments of various complexity in the field.
  • An understanding of a life-long learning and critical thinking required for entrepreneurship, competitiveness, leadership, and adaptation to new challenges.
  • An understanding of social, business, industrial, and human aspects as a complement to their engineering background.

Foundation
The Department of Mechanical Engineering was founded by Prof. Dr. Kaşif Onaran, in 1996. By the year 2004 the number of students in the department reached to 200 students and remained around this number since then. Physics, Chemistry and PC Laboratories were present at the year of foundation in the Engineering Faculty. Further more beside a fully equipped Machine Shop, Material Testing and Stress Analysis, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics Laboratories, and also Solar Energy and Biofuels Reaserch Laboratories were established in time where students find extensive training and research facilities. Since 2008 the Department of Mechanical Engineeringhas been continuing its education in the new Engineering Faculty building which is about 7700 m2 and fully air-conditioned for the comforts of the students as well as academic and administrative staff.

Chronological order of the chairpersons of the Department of Mechanical Engineering:

1996-2003 Prof. Dr. Kaşif ONARAN
2003-2015 Assist. Prof. Dr. Ali EVCİL
2015-2016 Prof. Dr. Nuri KAYANSAYAN
2016- Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ahsen SAVAŞ

Aims and Goals
The aim of the mechanical engineering department is to prepare engineering candidates for various branches of industry with an improved self-confidence and individual initiative. Students are educated to have scientific systematic approach in solving engineering problems, sound engineering base, life-long learning habits and research abilities.

Its Strengths
Mechanical Engineering Department was founded in 1996. The aim of the mechanical engineering department is to prepare engineering candidates for various branches of industry with an improved self-confidence and individual initiative. Students are educated by young, dynamic, proactive, academic personnel with industrial experience to have scientific systematic approach in solving engineering problems, sound engineering base, life-long learning habits and research abilities.

Mission
To support and lead the nation’s requirements and technological developments, to be able to conduct international projects and to have an authority in research areas. To perform research studies and to educate engineers equipped with technical “know-how”, creative thinking and being able to try and research new technologies to achieve required goal.

Vision
The vision of the department is to have respect and authority in engineering activities and to gain acceptance through research projects, support to the nation and delivering high quality engineers.

Information on Education
Educational Programs (graduate, postgraduate studies)
Undergraduate program of Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science program of Mechanical Engineering
PhD program of Mechanical Engineering

Language of Instruction
The language of all instructional programs is English.

English Preparatory Program
Students registering to the undergraduate program of the department are required to have a certificate in English proficiency or must qualify from English proficiency examination held by the university. Otherwise they have to follow a one-year English preparatory program.

Job Opportunities
Graduates of the Department of Mechanical Engineering can find employment in industry, in the departments including production, maintenance, quality control, design and management, in companies giving engineering services and mechanical consultancy, in power plants, in the field of accessing sources of energy such as petroleum, gas, sunlight and wind, in metal production plants and foundries and many others.