M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

General

Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering Department has strong research expertise in the areas of Acoustics and Noise Control, Computational Mechanics, Design, Dynamics and Control, Manufacturing, Microfluidics, Nanotechnology and Tribology and their applications to the aerospace, automotive and other industrial sectors.

Most research projects are conducted with international collaborations with institutions in the US and Europe. The Department also has plans to develop several research areas consistent with the strengths of Bilkent University and with a vision to develop new and important technologies in Turkey. Among these are micro-systems and their design and manufacturing that will benefit from advances in nanotechnologies. Information on ongoing research activities can be found in the research group websites.

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers MS and Ph.D. degrees. The Department provides a number of scholarships and research assistantships to qualified students.

Our Point of View on Mechanical Engineering

Our department opened its doors in the Fall of 2009 admitting its first class of undergraduate and graduate students with an innovative curriculum, new faculty, and new facilities.

Mechanical Engineering, one of the classical branches of engineering, has undergone significant transformation in recent years to undertake the challenges in the modern world. Our new curriculum is designed to meet the needs of future mechanical engineers in response to these changes. Mechanical Engineering plays an increasingly important leading role in industries that depend on high and innovative technologies such as space, automotive, defense, medicine, and food production.

Mechanical Engineering education embraces both the fundamentals and practice; builds the procedural knowledge essential for the problem-solving engineer as well as the declarative knowledge of the applied scientist. Mechanical Engineering education emphasizes thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics, design, and manufacturing. Topics from mechanical engineering practice, such as internal combustion engines, heat exchangers, automotive body structures and machine tools, are common applications of those fundamentals. Recent additions to these topics are applications that are based on advances in fields such as nanotechnologies and biological sciences. Examples include the bio-inspired design of systems and robotics, micro- and nano-scale manufacturing, brain-controlled prostheses, modeling of biological systems, and renewable and green energy applications.

The curriculum we offer is designed to prepare future mechanical engineers. It covers the essential basics of mechanical engineering and adds to them the knowledge necessary for the modern engineer of the future.

These topics include molecular biology, solid-state chemistry, systems engineering, probability and statistics, and psychology of communications. Furthermore, the fundamental mechanical engineering courses are taught in an integrated manner, reflecting how such phenomena develop in real engineering problems. The curriculum also builds around design and manufacturing to relate the fundamentals to the ultimate goal of engineering: products and processes that present solutions to problems industry and society face.

The emphasis on both the fundamentals and applications in classical and new areas empowers our students to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of different industries and in emerging new technologies.

We view engineering as the profession that bridges fundamental sciences to the needs and welfare of individuals and society. As such, an educated engineer knows and understands how to apply the fundamentals, but a great engineer also understands the human needs and society and is able to both articulate and solve their problems.

Our department is in the process of hiring more faculty members and admitting graduate students to its Masters' and Doctoral programs. Our research efforts are focused on and leverage the strengths of Bilkent University. Among the research topics selected, MicroSystem Engineering takes advantage of nanotechnology centers and molecular biology research on the campus. New laboratory facilities have just been completed.

We would welcome potential students, parents, and interested visitors to come and see our new facilities and learn more about mechanical engineering.

Professor Doctor Adnan AKAY

Chair

Mechanical Engineering Programs

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers programs that lead to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

The mission of our department is to provide our students with a rich environment for learning through a broad-based education in the scientific and applied foundations of engineering and a solid foundation in problem-solving, design and communication skills that they will need to pursue and meet the challenges of their individual career goals.

The ME program provides the students with a strong foundation in engineering sciences through thermo-fluids, mechanics materials, and dynamics control tracks, which emphasize students' analytical abilities. These are combined with courses on design and manufacturing that address from component-to system-level design and emphasize the creativity of students.

The mission of the ME program is to prepare engineers for the global environment in which they can make responsible decisions while serving societal needs. The program emphasizes communication skills, knowledge of humanities, and the ability to work in teams. The program also recognizes the significant role mechanical engineering can have in life sciences and thus the need for familiarity with molecular biology.

The Department envisions future engineers as life-long learners. The ME program offers numerous electives to respond to the different needs and interests of our students along with this vision in the leap to 21st-century engineering.

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs with the possibility of specialization in different areas of research in mechanical engineering.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Admission: All applicants are required to have a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, or in a related field of science or engineering. Students with a B.S. degree in areas other than mechanical engineering may be requested to take several undergraduate courses in the field to acquire the necessary background. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: In addition to at least 21 credit units of course work, the M.S. degree candidate must prepare and successfully defend a thesis. The expected duration to complete the M.S. program is four semesters; the maximum duration is six semesters.

Curriculum
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The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group is given in the electronic registration system.

Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits offered by the Graduate School of Engineering and Science. There are further restrictions on the elective courses to fulfill the department's breadth requirements.

Graduate Elective or Undergraduate Elective Courses: All 3XX or higher-level CHEM, CS, EEE, IE, MATH, ME, MBG, MSN, and PHYS coded courses with at least 3 credits.

ME Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level ME coded courses with at least 3 credits.

ME Graduate Mathematical Elective Courses: ME 501, ME 503, ME 552

Restricted ME Graduate Technical Elective Courses: Selected 5XX or higher-level ME coded courses with at least 3 credits and EEE 501.

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering

Admission: All applicants are required to have an M.S. degree with a thesis in mechanical engineering, or in a related field of science or engineering. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: 21 credit units of course work beyond the M.S. level is required. Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying exam and then must prepare a thesis work proposal. Preparing and defending a dissertation based on original research is the essence of the program. A paper based on the candidate's thesis must be accepted or published in a reputable journal before the dissertation can be defended. The expected duration to complete the Ph.D. program is eight semesters. The maximum duration is 12 semesters.

Curriculum

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The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group is given in the electronic registration system.

Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits offered by the Graduate School of Engineering and Science. There are further restrictions on the elective courses to fulfill the department's breadth requirements.

ME Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level ME coded courses with at least 3 credits.

ME Graduate Mathematical Elective Courses: ME 501, ME 503, ME 552

Restricted ME Graduate Technical Elective Courses: Selected 5XX or higher-level ME coded courses with at least 3 credits and EEE 501.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The Graduate School of Engineering and Science administers the graduate programs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science at Bilkent University. Our graduate school, a leading education and resear ... Read More

The Graduate School of Engineering and Science administers the graduate programs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science at Bilkent University. Our graduate school, a leading education and research institution has been developing and cultivating leaders since 1986. The Graduate School is comprised of motivated and dynamic academicians. The School provides up to date educational programs which equip students with valuable abilities and promote further study in transdisciplinary fields. The students are exposed to real-life projects and conceptual problem-solving techniques, as well as receiving traditional training in classrooms. Programs are designed to help students understand real-world circumstances, augment their cultural accumulation and contribute to the interaction between technology, science, and society. Read less