Associate Professor, Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Science and Nanoengineering Program, Sabanci University
Dr. Yildiz graduated from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering in 1996 at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey. He completed his Master degree in 2000 in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Istanbul Technical University while working as welding and nondestructive engineer in oil and gas industries. He received his PhD degree in 2005 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. His PhD research was in the area of experimental and computational materials processing, and transport phenomena (heat, mass and momentum transfer in multicomponent mixtures) with application to semiconductor crystal growth. Upon the completion of his PhD study, he started working as a research associate and lecturer in the same department. He joined to the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Sabanci University as an Assistant Professor in Sep 2007 and is currently working there at the rank of Associate Professor with affiliation to Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Science and Nanoengineering Program. Dr. Yildiz’s efforts focus on creating and sustaining a research program capable of tackling complex engineering problems that requires multidisciplinary approaches through utilizing both experimental methods, mathematical and computational models. The objectives of his several concurrently progressing effort are (i) the development of novel and modern mathematical models and numerical tools related to core disciplines in fluids and solid mechanics using meshless methods such as smoothed particle hydrodynamics and peridynamics and (ii) polymer processing, and the manufacturing of both conventional and nano-integrated composite materials, and structural health monitoring of composites by employing optical sensor and (iii) application of these tools and processes to emerging technologies: Self-Healing Composites, Nano-phase Integrated Composites, Structural Health Monitoring and Life Prognosis of Aircraft Composite Structures. As a result of his academic endeavors, he has published more than 70 SCI high impact factor journal papers, over 120 conference papers/presentations in respected conferences, 5 book chapters and 4 patents. Dr. Yildiz is founding director of “Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, CTCE” in the Technopark Istanbul as a joint effort of Sabanci University (SU) and Kordsa Global within the framework of a new university-industry partnership model for industrial scale-research and technology development in the field of advanced composite material and manufacturing technologies and also the “Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center.