After graduating as a System Engineer in 1995, I pursued my academic journey and received a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Materials Design and Manufacturing Program from Istanbul Technical University (ITU). During my time at ITU, I focused on the design and manufacturing of an innovative SMA-actuated smart robotic hand, known as the ITU Robot Hand, utilizing NiTi shape memory alloys. This project formed the basis of my Master’s thesis and allowed me to develop a profound expertise in shape memory alloys, specifically in processing-microstructure-mechanical property relationships, cyclic thermomechanical responses, and their applications in robotics.

To further expand my skills in the field, I pursued a Ph.D. in Material Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in 2005. Throughout my doctoral studies, I extensively worked on the production of as-cast NiTi SMA-based robotics components using advanced manufacturing techniques such as vacuum arc remelting and vacuum induction melting. Additionally, I conducted research on the heat treatment and mechanical characterization of the manufactured as-cast NiTi SMA plates, further enhancing my understanding of these materials.

Subsequently, I embarked on a postdoctoral research position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering from 2009 to 2010. During this period, my focus was primarily on micro and meso-scale digital image correlation (DIC), mechanical testing, and thermomechanical properties of smart materials. This opportunity allowed me to deepen my expertise in characterizing and analyzing the behavior of smart materials at various scales.

In 2012, I served as an adjunct faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA. During my tenure, I actively participated in a NASA-funded project focused on modeling and experimentation of shape memory alloy-based actuators within the Subsonic Fixed Wing Program. This experience broadened my perspective on the practical applications of shape memory alloys in aerospace systems.

Since 2015, I have been leading the Mechatronics Engineering Department at Istanbul Gedik University, where I hold the position of head. Within this role, my research primarily revolves around experimental investigations in the field of robot welding, additively manufactured sensor and actuator components for smart robotic end effectors and pneumatically-actuated soft robotics systems.

A significant aspect of my additive manufacturing research involves collaborating with Prof. Ola Harrysson (Director of the Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics at the North Carolina State University) and my Ph.D. student, Gözde Peduk, on the fabrication of NiTi shape memory alloys using Electron Beam Melting (EBM)-based additive manufacturing. This partnership has allowed us to explore the potential of additive manufacturing techniques in shaping the future of shape memory alloy applications. Moreover, my expertise extends to the realm of welding engineering, holding welding engineer diploma from IIW (International Institute of Welding) and EWF (European Welding Federation). Presently, I am actively engaged in the field of robotic wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) at Istanbul Gedik University, where I also serve as the director of the Robot Technology Research and Application Center.

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I worked on a NASA funded project (NASA`s Subsonic Fixed Wing Program – NNX11AI57A-Modeling and experimentation on shape memory alloys) between 2012-2014 as a Research Associate at the University of Akron, OH (USA). I also worked as an adjunct faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Akron, OH (USA). In 2015, I started working at Istanbul Gedik University as an assistant professor. I studied on the additively manufactured polymer embedded NiTi SMA robotic finger and additively manufactured soft robotics actuators projects.

In terms of additive manufacturing, I have been working on the fabrication of NiTi shape memory alloys through EBM based additive manufacturing with my PhD student Gözde Peduk in close collaboration with Prof.Ola Harrysson. I’m currently working on the additively manufactured soft robotics actuator systems in Mechatronics Engineering Department. I’m also Director of Robot Technology Research and Application Center. I’m in the organization committee of the International Congress of 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Technologies and Digital Industry.  I’m also a member of TMS and ASME.