Ekmel Özbay, Professor Bilkent University
Prof. Dr. Ekmel Ozbay received M.S. and Ph. D. degrees from Stanford University in electrical engineering, in 1989 and 1992. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Stanford University and he worked as a scientist in Iowa State University. He joined Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) in 1995, where he is currently a full professor in Department of Electrical-Electronics Engineering. His research in Bilkent involves nanophotonics, nanometamaterials, nanoelectronics, nanoplasmonics, nanodevices, photonic crystals, GaN/AlGaN MOCVD growth, fabrication and characterization of GaN based devices, and high speed optoelectronics. He is the 1997 recipient of the Adolph Lomb Medal of Optical Society of America and 2005 European Union Descartes Science award. He worked as an editor for Optics Letters, Photonics and Nanostructures and IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics journals. He has published 330 articles in SCI journals. His papers have received 8700+ citations with an h-index of 44. He has given 100+ invited talks in international conferences.

Ömer Soykasap, Professor Afyon Kocatepe University
Ömer Soykasap is Professor of Material Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Afyon Kocatepe University (AKU). He graduated from Istanbul Technical University with B.Sc. degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1989. Then he became a research assistant at the Department of Aeronautical Engineering. He took M.Sc. degree at the same department in 1992. He started Ph.D. programme in 1993 at the department after completing Research and Development Training Program at CASA (Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A.) in Spain for ten months. He continued his Ph.D. at School of Aerospace Engineering , Georgia Tech. in USA, having been awarded a scholarship from The Undersecretariat for Defence Industries of the Turkish Republic . He completed his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech. in 1999. After returning his country, he was appointed to a University Lectureship at the Department of Mechanical Education, Afyon Kocatepe University in 1999, and promoted to an Assistant Professorship at the same department in 1999. In 2002-2005, he was research associate and senior research associate in Deployable Structures Group at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. In 2005-2006, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Education, Afyon Kocatepe University. He was promoted to an Associate Professorship at the same department in 2006. After transformation of the Faculty of Technical Education to Faculty of Technology at AKU, he worked at the Department of Mechanical Engineering between 2010-2011 as Deputy Head of Department. He was appointed as Director of International Relation Office, AKU, in April 2011, and became the head of Department of Mechanical Education in June 2011. He joined the Department of Material Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering in April 2012.

Hasan Mandal, Professor Sabancı University
Hasan Mandal (Prof. Dr.) received his BSc in Metallurgy from Middle East Technical University (Turkey) in 1987 and PhD in Ceramic Materials from University of Newcastle (UK) in 1992. He stayed at same university as postdoctoral research associate during the period of 1992-1996 with the funding given by Cookson Technology Centre (Oxford/UK) and EPSRC/UK. In the period of 2007-2008, Dr. Mandal was at Karlsruhe University as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.

In 1996, he joined the Department of Ceramic Engineering at Anadolu University. He became the Head of Department (1999), Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Anadolu University (2004), Chairperson of Turkish Engineering Deans Council (2006), Chairperson of Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC-2009), Vice Rector of Anadolu University (2010). He is currently is Vice President and also the Director of Research and Graduate Policies at Sabanci University/Istanbul.

He has co-authored over a 125 publications (70 SCI publications, about 900 citations, h-index: 15), six patents about science and technologies on Si3N4 based ceramics including phase relationships, structure-property relations and applications, specifically on cutting tools. He has also contributed in the field of education and university-industry relations. Because of these achievements, he was honored by twenty awards including TUBITAK (Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council) Science Award and European Ceramic Society, Stuijts Award in 2005 and The Chinese Ceramic Society Award in 2009.

As a scientific expert, he served in several positions including the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (Board Member), National Boron Institute (Board Member), Eskisehir Technological Development Park (Board Member), Ceramic Research Center Co (CEO), European Ceramic Society (President), President of JECS Trust (Journal of the European Ceramic Society) and The First Vice President of International Federation of Engineering Education Societies.

Prof. Mandal has been currently serving as a Board Members in Gebze Technological Development Park and Inovent (Innovative Ventures Co), Technology Transfer Mechanisms Support Group of TUBITAK, USIMP (University-Industry Collaboration Centers Platform). He has been also one of the founders the MDA Advanced Ceramics Ltd, which is an active R&D company on Ceramic Materials in Turkey. He is a member of World Innovation Foundation and World Academy of Ceramics.

Ferhat Kadıoğlu, Associate Professor University of Turkish Aeronautical Association
Before starting his duty as an academician in the University of Turkish Aeronautical Association, Dr. Ferhat KADIOĞLU worked in the EU Education Programme of State Planning Organisation as a specialist, made Post-Doc in Oxford University, worked as chief expert in TUBITAK and lastly worked as a consultant in private companies, between the years 2004-2011, rerpectively. He completed his Master’s and PhD Degrees in Bristol University in 2000, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Gaziantep University, Mechanical Engineering Department in 1994. Dr. KADIOĞLU is a member of SAMPE and Materials Institute. .

Murat Demiral, Assistant Professor University of Turkish Aeronautical Association
Dr. Demiral received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University (2005) and M.Sc. degree in Computational Mechanics from Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München) (2007). After he received his Ph.D. from Loughborough University, UK in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (2012), he started working as a post-doctoral research fellow first in this university, then in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology for 2 years till he joined to the University of Turkish Aeronautical Association as an assistant professor in July 2014.

Ufuk Yavuz, Chief of Certification and Configuration Department, TSI Seats
Ufuk Yavuz received his BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (Turkey) in 2002 and MSc in Design and Manufacturing Engineering from Gebze Institute of Technology in 2005.

TSI AVIATION SEATS (Kocaeli) Certification and Configuration Chief Engineer, Engineering Department
HABOM A.Ş. (Istanbul)
Senior Design Engineer, Design, Development and Projects Department
Research & Development Engineer, Engineering Department
Expert Certification Engineer, Certification Department
FORD OTOSAN A.Ş. (Kocaeli)
Research & Development Engineer, Gebze Engineering Center
Research Assistant (CAD/CAE), Design and Manufacturing Engineering Department


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Melih Papila
Melih Papila received his B.S. (1990) and M.S. (1995) degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Papila participated in a training program and worked as an engineer in structural testing department of CASA, Madrid (1992). He then worked at Roketsan, Ankara (1993 - 1997) as an R&D engineer and assumed full responsibility in a multi-national and –institutional research and technology project on high performance structural composites. He started his PhD studies (1997) and received his degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville (2001), as a member of Multidisciplinary and Structural Optimization group.

Dr. Papila is currently a faculty member as an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at Sabancı University (SU), Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to joining SU in 2004, he was a Postdoctoral Associate jointly in Interdisciplinary Microsystems and Multidisciplinary and Structural Optimization Groups at the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering of University of Florida (2002 – 2004). Dr. Papila is a recipient of EU FP7 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship. He joined Composites Design Group as a visiting professor in Aeronautics & Astronautics Department at Stanford University (2010-2012).

Dr. Papila has developed expertise in design of experiments and surrogate modeling, manufacturing, testing, analysis and design of advanced composite materials and structures. His current research aims to integrate the nano-scale materials into applied macro world of composites, covering aspects in multiscale engineering of the high performance composites.


Fatma Çalışkan
She was born in Niğde in 1970. She was graduated from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Gazi University in 198.

1990-1995: She worked as a Control Engineer, at the Department of Station Project and Enterprise Group Chief-Engineering in PTT Ankara Regional Directorate.

• She was involved in the 10-digit phone number transformation and code rechanging projects for all over Turkey.
• She carried out procedure works of putting in service of the telephone stations, formation of the number series of relevant phone numbers and controlling the process, also organization of the translations of international, intercity, TANDEM and digital LOCAL stations in Ankara and preparation of the wiring diagrams of the X-Bar stations.

1995-2000: She worked as a Chief Engineer at the Department of Information Technology (IT) of TT General Directorate .
• She was involved in research, tender and finalization stages of various IT projects,
• She was involved in ILSIS, MYS, TEMOS, OSIS, The Accounting Automation System, The TT Station Local Area Network System and The Voice Response System projects.

2000: She moved to the Prime Ministry Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs with quitting from TT General Directorate.

2000-2012: She worked as an engineer and the head of the Department of Communications and Electronics of T.R. Prime Ministry Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs .

• She worked as the project manager at the Project of the Turkish Straits Vessel Traffic Management and Information System during the head of the Department.
• She was involved in installation of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) project, that provides to watch the information of the ships that navigate accross the Turkish seas,
• She was involved in purchasing tender, installation and realization works of the communication infrastructure of the AIS,
• She worked in attunement studies with the European Union Legislation for shipbuilding industry.

2012- Present: She works as the deputy head of the Department of R&D Subsidies and Industrial Relation at the Directorate General of Aeronautical and Space Technologies of Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications.


Aysun Doğangün Akın
Aysun Gündoğan Akın has graduated from Chemistry Department, Middle East Technical University in 1996, has got her MSc degree from the same department/university in 2000. She has been with TAI since 1999. Specialist in composite materials, paints, sealants, etc. and surface treatment of metallic structures for corrosion prevention.

With the decision of meeting the combat aircraft requirement of Turkish Air Force (TurAF) with F-16s, Turkish Aerospace Inddustries, Inc. (TAI) was established by Turkish and US partners in 1984 for a period of 25 years with the aim to realize the maufacture, systems integration and flight tests of F-16 that would be delivered to TurAF. TAI was restructured in the year 2005, just before the 25 years of period came to an end, with the acquisition of foreign shares by Turkish shareholders. Today, TAI has become Turkey’s center of technology in design, development, modernization, integration and life cycle support of integrated aerospace systems, from fixed an rotary wing air platforms to UAVs and satellites.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Demirkan ÇÖKER
Dr. Coker is currently Associate Professor in Aerospace Engineering and Director of Structural Mechanics and Materials Laboratory at RÜZGEM, METU. He acted as a vice-Chair of the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering from 2009-2012. Dr. Coker holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from METU, an M.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Dayton, an M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from Wright State University and a Ph.D degree in Aeronautics with a minor in Geophysics from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). After Dr. Coker obtained his B.S., he started his career as a research engineer at the UDRI and at the Materials Lab/Wright Laboratories, Dayton, carrying out research on thermomechanical fatigue of novel high temperature composite materials for the hypersonic National Aerospace Plane project. During his Ph. D. studies at Caltech he carried out groundbreaking experimental work on dynamic fracture of composite materials. Afterwards he worked as a Post-Doctoral research associate at Brown University on dynamic friction modeling (2001-2004) and worked as an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University (2004-2008). He also worked as a visiting Professor at KITP, the University of California at Santa Barbara and EPFL in Lausanne. Dr. Coker has published 24 peer reviewed articles and 23 conference proceedings, gave more than 50 international conference talks and more than 30 invited talks in the fields of fatigue, fracture mechanics, friction, dynamic failure, experimental mechanics, computational mechanics and composite materials. In addition, he has been instrumental in setting up the undergraduate aerospace labs at METU, structure and materials labs at RUZGEM and micro-and nano-mechanics laboratory at Oklahoma State University.


Dr. Burak Gözlüklü graduated from Mechanical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University (METU) with a minor degree on Materials Engineering in 2006. He pursued MS degree in the same department while started working as structural analysis engineer in Aero-Limak company which was a subsidiary of Limak Holding. In 2007, he transferred to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) where he worked in design and development projects of Airbus A400M fuselage, Boeing B787 cargo barrier and EU-6th framework program of Advanced Low Cost Aircraft Structures (ALCAS) projects. In 2009, he worked in Airbus A350 ailerons Project as structural analysis leader. In parallel, he embarked PhD program in Aerospace Engineering department of METU with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Demirkan Coker as a part of SANTEZ Project called “inhibition of delamination in L-shaped composite laminates”. Following the graduation in 2014, Burak Gözlüklü published 4 international peer-reviewed articles and 22 international proceedings/presentations on modeling of dynamic delamination in advanced composite laminates and new aileron design concepts. Burak Gözlüklü has been working in Helicopter Division of TAI as responsible senior structural analysis engineer of “Composite Technologies” group since 2013.


Assist. Prof. Dr. Hülya CEBECİ
Hülya Cebeci is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics since March 2013. Dr. Cebeci obtained her B.S. from ITU, Astronautical Engineering (2003) and her M.S. from ITU, Polymer Science and Engineering (2006) and Ph.D. from Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, ITU (2011). In her PhD., she has granted a research assistant position in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering and worked until she graduated. During her PhD. studies, Hülya Cebeci has also granted 2214/A Tubitak Scholarship for Abroad Studies, Fellowship of NECST Consortium (MIT, USA) and Tincel Foundation Scholarships to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She was a cross-registered visiting student for 3 years and performed experimental sections of her PhD. studies under the supervision of Prof. Brian L. Wardle (MIT) on carbon nanotube reinforced polymer nanocomposites, hybrid composites and ionic polymer actuators. She has also studied modeling behaviour of carbon nanotube reinforced polymer nanocomposites by finite element method in ITU and has published a PhD. thesis named “Multifunctional Properties of Controlled Morphology Aligned Carbon Nanotube Polymer Nanocomposites and Their Applications”. After graduation, Hülya Cebeci has worked as lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering. She was granted by ITU Rectorate Scholarship to carry out research as a visiting scholar at Center for Materials Science Engineering (MIT) and The Center for Engineering in Medicine, Harvard University-Massachusetts General Hospital (2012) in a project titled as “High Def Nanomaterials: New Routes to 3D Hierarchical Nanostructured Materials and Devices”. Dr. Cebeci has published two U.S. patents, given two invited talks, 15+ presentations in national and international meetings. She has published 11 papers in the journals such as Advanced Materials, Composites Science and Technology, Applied Materials and Interfaces, Applied Physics Letters.


He received his BS and MS degrees in Communication field at Electrical and Electronical Engineering, Middle East Technical University in 1995 and 1998 respectively. He designed analog and digital boards for various projects at Aselsan in 1995-2001. He participated in a software design team to develop the Layer1 DSP Software for GSM/GPRS/EDGE part in the 3G Dualmode baseband chipset at Matsushita Mobile Communication Development of Europe (MMCDE), England between 2001-2004. He carried out system engineering studies and also developed the DSP driver and test softwares at MMCDE. He participated in baseband communication and signal processing designs for HF radios, identification systems and satellite payload projects at Aselsan after 2004. He was the design leader of the baseband section of Turkey’s first GEO Processing Payload in 2009 -2014. He is currently the manager of the Satellite Technologies Design Department at Aselsan.


Assist. Prof. Dr. Yougashwar BUDHOO
Masters in Mechanical Engineering
Concentration: Solid Mechanics
May 2005 Vaughn College Queens, NY
Bachelor of Science Degree
Major: Mechanical Engineering- Aeronautical Concentration
September 2008- Present: Vaughn College New York, NY
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Teaching undergraduate courses such as: Aircraft Structural Analysis, Mechanical Vibrations, Machine Elements of Design, Mechanics of Materials, Material Science and Composites

Composite Armor, City College, NY
“Advanced Lightweight Multifunctional Multi-Threat Composite Armor Technology” supported by US Army.
Hybrid Composites, City College, NY
Investigate the effects of high speed and ballistic impact on hybrid composites at various temperatures
Hybrid Composites, City College, NY
Designing, testing and analyzing of new composite materials to be used as protective gear for the US Army

Engin GÜÇLÜ, Designated Engineering Representative, Federal Aviation Administration
Engin Güçlü is a Designated Engineering Representative (DER) of the Federal AviationAdministration (FAA) with extensive knowledge in aircraft structures, crashworthiness, maintenance, and certification management in Part 21, 23, 25, 121,135, and 145. His appointment by the Administration includes full approval authority in major alterations, majör repairs, structures, and interior equipment and systems. Mr. Guclu has 28 years of experience in stress, fatigue and damage tolerance, aircraft structural design and construction, aircraft repairs, crashworthiness, and flammability. He is conversant with certification process required to gain Type Certificates (TC), Supplemental Type Certificates, TSO, and PMA approvals. He has participated in design approvals that rangefrom new aircraft design, freighter conversions, interior reconfigurations, and heavy fuselage alterations to small component upgrades. He has extensive knowledge of aging fleet issuesspecifically in repair assessment area. Mr. Guclu is a routine guest lecturer at the universities, airframe manufacturers, and FAA training symposiums. He also teaches courses internal to various Airlines in US on the topics of structural analysis and repair design of metallic and composite structures.

Serhan GÖKÇEBAĞ, Project Manager, HAVELSAN
Serhan Hökçe bağ graduated from Hacettepe Univeersity in 2000. HAVELSAT Project Manager, HAVELSAN Corp. April 2014 – Today (6 Months) Ankara, TURKEY, Chief Engineer, HAVELSAN Corp. March 2011 – December 2012 (1 Year 10 Months) Ankara, TURKEY; Principal Engineer, HAVELSAN Corp. December 2012 – Today (1 Year 10 Months) Ankara, TURKEY; Senior Software Engineer, HAVELSAN Corp. January 2002 – February 2011 (9 Year 2 Month) Ankara, TURKEY; Software Engineer, HAVELSAN Corp. July 1998 – December 2001 (3 Year 6 Months) Ankara, TURKEY

Assist. Prof. Dr. Mustafa KAYA
Dr. Mustafa Kaya, born in 1977 in Ankara, worked for seven years as a graduate research assistant in the Aeronautical Engineering Department at Middle East Technical University from which he got his undergraduate degree in the year 2000. One year later after getting his PhD degree in February 2008, he started to work in TUBITAK-SAGE as a senior researcher. He has become a faculty member in University of Turkish Aeronautical Association that has been established in 2011. Being the chair of Flight Training Department between May 2011 and May 2013, Dr. Mustafa Kaya has been now the Proxy Dean of the Faculty of Air Transportation since May 2013.

Research interests of Dr. Mustafa Kaya consist of the following topics: Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Numerical Methods, Optimization, Parallel Processing and Flight Training. He has more than 30 academic publications about his research area.