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Faculty Details

Professor and Chair

• Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University
• M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Bradley University
• B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University

Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.)


• Aerospace/Defense
• Automotive Engineering


• Combustion
• Rocket Propulsion
• Aluminum Behavior at High Temperature
• Automotive

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Dr. Yilmaz received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Bradley University and New Mexico State University, respectively. He has been a noted author of many publications in the fields of combustion, CFD, rocket propellants and internal combustion engines. He was a U.S. Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Yilmaz serves as the editor-in-chief for the SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants and an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. He has educated and trained many underrepresented minority and female students via various STEM programs including NSF-funded AMP (Alliance for Minority Participation) program.

Dr. Yilmaz is the 2014 NSPE National Young Engineer of the Year, given to a professional engineer under the age of 35 in the United States, nationally. He also won the ASEE Section Outstanding Teaching Award (2013), the SAE International Excellence in Engineering Education “Triple E” Award (2016), SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2011) and SAE Faculty Advisor Award (2013 and 2016). Dr. Yilmaz is a Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of NSPE and a Fellow of SAE International.


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Mechanical engineering graduate Melissa Douglas will serve as the student speaker for the 2020 College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) Awards and Recognition Ceremony. This spring, Douglas received a 2020 BEYA Student Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership as president of both the DC Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and the Howard University chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Read More >>


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