People

Principal Investigator

Melih circa 2008

Melih Çakmakcı has over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing control systems. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from METU in 1997, M.S. and Ph.D degrees in ME from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1999 and 2009 respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. His research areas include modeling, analysis and control of dynamic systems, control systems, smart mechatronics, modeling of manufacturing systems and their control, automotive control systems, optimal energy-management algorithms, and design and analysis of network control systems. Prior to joining Bilkent University, he was a senior research engineer at the Ford Scientific Research Center. (CV)(Scholar)

Graduate Students:

Müge Özcan joined SMechS Group in 2016. Her thesis title is “Design and Control of Smart Materials”. She is also a member of the Computational Multiscale Mechanics Laboratory.
Ozan Temiz joined SMechS Group in 2016 as an undergraduate researcher. His thesis topic is "Control-Oriented Vehicle Dynamics modeling for Electric Vehicles". He is currently an engineer at Ford-Otosan
Serhat Kerimoğlu received his masters degree in 2016. His thesis title was “3D Contour Error Minimizing Controller Design for Laser Machining System”. He is currently a specialist engineer with TAI.
Erkan Buğra Türeyen received his masters degree in 2016. His thesis title was “Mechatronic and Iterative Controller Design for a Multi-Purpose Micro Prototyping System". He is currently a specialist engineer with Roketsan.
Mümtazcan Karagöz received his masters degree in 2016. His thesis title was “Design and Analysis of a Multi-Purpose 3D Micro Positioning System". He is currently an engineer with TAI.
Alper Yasin Tiftikçi received his masters degree in 2016. His thesis title was “Sensing Tip Analysis and Design of an Acoustic Vector Sensor”. He is currently a specialist engineer with TAI.
Stefan Ristevski received his masters degree in 2015. His thesis title was “Distributed Positioning of a Workpiece using MechaCells”,”. He is currently a Ph.D Candidate at University of South Florida.
Nurcan Gecer-Ulu received her masters degree in 2012. Her thesis title was “MIMO Control of a 3-Axis Modular Precision Positioning System". She is currently a Ph.D Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University.
Erva Ulu received his masters degree in 2012. His thesis title was “Mechatronic Design of a Modular Precision Positioning System”. He is currently a Ph.D Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University.
Halil Dokuyucu received his masters degree in 2012. His thesis title was “Concurrent Design of Automotive Control Systems- Powertrain+Vehicle Stability Example”. He is currently a development engineer with MFA of Turkish Republic.
Emre Akgün received his masters degree in 2011. His thesis title was “Development Of A Supervisory Controller For Energy Management Problems”. He is currently a development engineer with ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH.