Departmental Promotion

FOUNDATION AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

The Department of Mechatronics Engineering was founded in 2002 and accepted its first students from with additional quota. The core academic staff was formed in February 2003 and September 2003. The majority of this core staff still serve at the department. The first departmental courses with MECE code were opened in 2004. First laboratories of the Department were started to be founded with the budgets of our university and TUBITAK project. Starting in empty huts in 2002, development process of our facilities still continues as one of the most assertive laboratories of Turkey and the World.

 

Mechatronics Engineering was started to be discussed with a NATO summer school in 1992 seriously. The Faculty of Natural and Engineering Sciences, Sabanci University launched the first Mechanical Engineering Program at undergraduate level and Mechatronics Engineering minor program was launched by the Faculty of Engineering, METU in 1999. The both programs were recommended by Prof. Abdulkadir Erden and he personally founded and executed the program in METU. Mechatronics Engineering undergraduate program was launched in Kocaeli University and Atilim University for the first time at department level for the first time. As mechatronics engineering was as yet little known in the early years, it was taken with suspicion by families particularly and after the foundation of the department, mechatronics engineering was promoted across Turkey with vigorous effects. Atilim University took a completely leading and effective role in this matter. Recognition of mechatronics engineering has increased swiftly in the recent years and 28 different programs were opened in 16 different universities in 2011 selection period. By this means, total quota of mechatronics engineering has increased 21 times (from 60 to 1252) since 2002.

 

The instructors serving at our department and their employment dates are given below:

  • Prof. Abdulkadir Erden; February 2003
  • Asst. Prof. Kutluk Bilge Arikan; February 2003
  • Asst. Prof. Bulent Irfanoglu; September 2005
  • Asst. Prof. Zuhal Erden; March 2009 (Employment date is March 1999)
  • Asst. Prof. Ahmet Gunes; February 2017
  • Instructor Cahit Gurel; September 2009
  • Res. Asst. Sumeyye Betul Coskunoglu; September 2012

 

As seen in this list given above, there is a stability in the number and names of the instructors who are still serving at our department.

 

Below are given the names, academic titles and serving dates of the instructors who served at our departments before:

  • Asst. Prof. Halit Kaplan; 2003-2005.
  • Asst. Prof. Mehmet Onder Efe; 2003-2005.
  • Instructor Ali Emre Turgut; 2003-2005.
  • Asst. Prof. Burhanettin Koc; 2003-2005.
  • Instructor Serkan Guroglu; 2003-2005.
  • Res. Asst. Safakcan Tuncdemir; 2003-2005.
  • Res. Asst. Tahsin Tecelli Opoz; 2005-2008.
  • Res. Asst. Anil Guclu; 2009-2010.
  • Res. Asst. Ayca Gocmen; 2009-2010.
  • Res. Asst. Doganc Kuçuk; 2008-2011.
  • Res. Asst. Dogan Urgun; 2010-2012.
  • Instructor Aylin Konez Eroglu, PhD; 2005-2014.
  • Assoc. Dr. Fuad Aliew; 2007-2015.
  • Assoc. Dr. Sedat Nazlibilek; 2012-2016.
  • Instructor H. Orhan Yildiran; 2008-2016.
  • Res. Asst. Emre Guner; 2011-2016.

 

CURRENT STATUS

Instructors: When graduate and postgraduate educations, specialties and courses of the instructors still lecturing at our department are considered, it is fair to say that our academic staff consists of the instructors who have received mechanical engineering and electrical/electronic engineering education which are necessary for mechatronics engineering. This is an important factor that we attach importance to since the foundation of our department. It is planned to ensure that majority of our instructors will be the graduates of mechatronics engineering. For this purpose, mechatronics engineering graduates are strongly supported in their doctoral studies.

 

Students: In order to display the list of our students, please click here.

 

General profile of our students is described as follows:

  • They are aware of the fact they are the students of a different and high level department. This gives them self-confidence and happiness. However, they know that they need to work harder than the students of other departments. Therefore, the students who are not well-equipped feel apprehension; however, this apprehension boosts their ambition and some of them get a scholarship with their extraordinary success.
  • Our students reach a different level at engineering formation with the sense of self-confidence, laboratory skills and abilities and design experience delivered by our department and these earnings change the behaviors, attitude and daily lifestyle of our students. The reflections of this may be observed in the common areas where students spend their time such as canteen.
  • Along with self-confident, the sense of entrepreneurship makes our students more active and gives them a great motivation to established their own companies and launch new products. 5 graduates of our department established their own company and nearly 10 graduates work in the companies founded by their department-mates. This is the concrete evidence of the entrepreneurial spirit of our graduates.
  • We apply the codes of conduct such as listening to the speaker and asking question appropriately in the course since the freshman year and attach importance to safety principles, complying with working hours, cleaning and quality. They are expected to maintain these habits in their business life.
  • Our instructors assign self-expression, questioning and presentation tasks in Turkish and English to our students and this is applied in several courses every semester. Feedbacks of our graduates show that these qualifications of them are well appreciated by their employers.
  • It is ensured to deliver a high-quality education by means of project and laboratory studies conducted at different levels to develop their creative and analytic thinking skills of our students.
  • We strove to ensure that our students live as civilized individuals in the society along with their academic knowledge and adopt it as a way of life. Our success can be observed both horizontally (among departments) and vertically (among years/classes) clearly.

 

Grades and performance of our all students are monitored by their advisors. For this purpose, our department developed an excel software which can only be accessed our advisors. The status of the students whose GPA is lower than 0.50/4.00 is reported to their families to make necessary warnings and the students whose GPA is between 0.50/1.00 are summoned personally and warned and their grades and behaviors are followed by their advisors and chairperson of the department.

 

Laboratories: Laboratories of the department were designed with a different approach to enable each student to be engaged in design, production and application processes individually and as a team. We created an example laboratory environment. In order to get further information about our laboratories please click here.

 

Our laboratory has not purchased any robot, bench or test mechanism for exhibition purposes (except for the robot arm which had to be purchased). This is an important characteristic. It is known that many university in Turkey has quite expensive benches and devices only used for demo (exhibition) purposes; these benches and devices are only exhibited to visitors, many departments cannot produce a demo for their students, the devices and benches wear off in a short time because of high maintenance and operation expenses, the technology purchased by the laboratories loses its currency and it is required to spend high amount of money to purchase new technology. It is also known that it is not possible to conduct research activities with this kind of investments and the research conducted cannot go beyond transferring free technology to abroad. This causes waste of sources for Turkey. There is not such an important investment in the Department of Mechatronics Engineering. Therefore, our department did not prefer purchasing robots and produced its own robots in its own laboratories. We created an educational environment where robot technology is produced in the laboratories of the department. It is recommended to compare our approach with the investments of other universities and departments in Turkey.

 

It is estimated that our laboratory facilities are equal to TL 3-4 million with a realistic evaluation. We consider that one third of or almost half of this investment is covered by externally supported projects of our department.

 

Each laboratory also has the synergy which we call vertical integration. In each laboratory, undergraduate students, graduate students, doctoral students and candidates from different classes, postdoctoral researchers and faculty members can conduct their own research studies and share their knowledge, experience and research results at different levels.

  

Curriculum and Courses: Our curriculum has been developed entirely by our department in a unique structure as a result of comprehensive curriculum design studies. Our curriculum and courses are prepared in full accordance with the criteria of evaluation institutions such as ABET and MUDEK.

 

Department curriculum and courses have been prepared to ensure that our students can do major and minor programs in other departments and other students can do in our department.

 

For further information about Undergraduate Program Curriculum and Courses please click here.

For further information about Graduate Program Curriculum and Courses please click here.

For further information about Postgraduate Program Curriculum and Courses please click here.

  

Graduates: The total number of our graduates is 166 as of the end of 2013. For the list of our graduates and the organizations and companies where they work please click here.

 

As far as we know, none of our graduates are in the search of job currently. Job offers sent to our department are shared with our graduates through e-mail. 5 of our graduates founded a company. And 10 of our graduates work in these companies currently. Our graduates mostly work in defense industry, automotive and white goods sectors. It is observed that most of our graduates work in the field of technology such as of R&D and design. Some of our graduates work in their family companies. A considerable part of our graduates has registered in graduate and postgraduate programs. We support and encourage our students to conduct graduate and postgraduate studies.

  

Publications: In order to display the publications of our instructors please click here.

 

In addition to these publications, the Mechatronics Engineering Student Congress (MeMOK), which has been organized since 2010 and nationally between 2013 and 2015, publishes the statements of our academic staff and students who are in senior year every year. For statement book and further information about MeMOK please click here.

 

Other Activities: Our department also takes active role in extracurricular activities.

  • ART: Atilim Robot Community (ART - 2004) have been granted with various awards including grand prize in national robot contests. For further information please click here.
  • FormulaG: FormulaG Sun Cars of Atilim University (2005-2011) managed to rank in the top ten universities for 6 consecutive years and ranked the second in the contest organized in 2005.
  • MeMOK: Mechatronics Engineering Student Congress; MeMOK Student congresses organized in 2010 for the first time was planned to cover all Mechatronics Engineering departments of Turkey in 2013. For further information please click here.
  • MECEDay: Mechatronics Engineering Days; it is the activity in which our undergraduate and graduate students exhibit and demonstrate all of their course, design and research projects conducted within each academic year. Students are graded according to the performance of their robots. For further information please click here.

  

Centers: The members of our department take role in three centers.

 

RoTAM; Robot Technologies Research and Application Center (2009)

http://rotam.atilim.edu.tr

EeTAM; Electro-erosion Technologies Research and Application Center (2009)

http://eetam.atilim.edu.tr

UTAM; Space Technologies Research and Application Center (2013)

http://utam.atilim.edu.tr

Further information about these centers are available in their websites.