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What is Mechanical Engineering?

Engineering is a domain where science, technology and manufacturing intersect. Mechanical Engineering is the discipline where the interaction of the three is most evident. Our department was established to educate and train mechanical engineers able to adapt to modern work environment, in close cooperation with the industry and other institutes. Our goal is to contribute to education of qualified engineers who can help to transform natural resources efficiently into end products that can compete in the world markets. Our most important asset in realizing this goal is our faculty who mainly focus their R&D effort on product-oriented targets utilizing modern engineering tools.

Our curriculum consists of courses where basic engineering sciences are taught and the following systems are analyzed and designed:

  • Strength, motion and vibration of solid systems (e.g., metalic structural elements, gears),
  • Thermal systems (e.g., heating, ventilating air conditioning systems, systems that involve combustion),
  • Fluid systems (e.g., pumps, heart assist devices, air-flow systems),
  • Control of mechanical systems (e.g., control of a robot arm),
  • Manufacturing systems,
  • Engineering materials.

We support and help to organize social and technical activities for our students in cooperation with the departmental student body. We regularly invite speakers from industry to deliver speaches to our students whereby they can network and find out about what awaits them after graduation.

Among the fields where mechanical engineers can be employed are machine design and manufacturing, automation, energy production and utilization, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, land, sea, atmospheric and space vehicle technology, defense industry, petro-chemical industry, textile industry, steel industry, glass and ceramics industry, food industry, robotics and education. With the advent of new technologies, new opportunities has arisen for mechanical engineers in the fields of nanotechnology, micro eloctromechanical systems (MEMS), micro manufacturing and biomimetics. Responsibilities that mechanical engineers take in all of these fields include research, design and product development, manufacturing, quality control, maintenance, project management and marketing.

Prof. Dr. Mehmet A. AKGUN
Mechanical Engineering Department Chairman

Vision & Mission


Our mission is to educate and train mechanical engineers who have a firm understanding of modern engineering tools and methods, a solid foundation of relevant knowledge, ability for analytical thinking, diagnosing engineering problems, generating solutions and applying them, a solid notion of engineering ethics and responsibility, awareness of and ethical stance toward major issues such as environment, global climate change, hunger and human rights; to maintain close relations with national and international institutions of scientific knowledge and technology to enable our graduates to continue their personal development and career; to carry out R&D projects on contemporary and advanced topics and to generate knowledge and technology; to work toward a common goal of promoting joint R&D activities at the University; to contribute to national and global development via these activities.


Our vision is to become an engineering department respected at national and international levels, whose graduates are sought by industry and research institutions and which conducts R&D projects in close collaboration with national and international industrial and research organizations, generates knowledge, disseminates it and develops technology products.

Educational Objectives

  1. Develop capacity to develop high value-added products in small and medium-sized industrial enterprises.

  2. Be able to conduct research within the scope of master's and doctorate or more advanced research and development centers and universities all over the world.

  3. Be able to adapt to the changing needs of different sectors and business world and manage company transformation processes as a manager.

Strategies and Processes Used to Achieve Educational Objectives

  1. To review  the curriculum, the course content, and the manner in which the courses are taught, on average, once a year.

  2. To create an environment which encourages discussing the engineering issues in the department and learning, provide seminars from experienced people from industrial and research institutions, and organize industrial trips.

  3. To provide students access to computer hardware and to encourage learning of engineering software.

  4. Provide students with access to laboratory equipment and hardware.

  5. To encourage literature review, design and development projects, to produce simple models of mechanical systems.

  6. Make students give presentations in class.

  7. Encourage teamwork.

  8. Encourage students to engage in activities in the professional societies.

  9. Counseling and talking to students about the students, making them feel an important part of the Department.