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Onur Bilgen

  • Onur Bilgen
  • Assistant Professor
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • 238 Kaufman Hall
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3930
  • obilgen@odu.edu
  • Dr. Bilgen received his B.S. (magna cum laude in honors – Commonwealth Scholar), M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the field of Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech between 2002 and 2010. Dr. Bilgen held a post-doctoral position at the Swansea University in UK before joining the Mechanical and Aerospace Department at Old Dominion University as an assistant professor.
  • Education

    Virginia Tech, 2010
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Virginnia Tech, 2007
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: M.S.
    Virginia Tech, 2005
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    I have participated in a diverse range of fundamental research topics dealing with coupled aerodynamic, mechanical and electrical systems. A brief list of these topics includes modal analysis, sensing, actuation and vibration energy harvesting using smart-materials, and electromechanical morphing structures. Specifically, I have developed and validated numerous novel smart-material based solid-state morphing airfoils, aircraft and all necessary electronics. As an academic, my vision is to incorporate the multi-functionality of solid-state smart-materials into mechanical, aerodynamic and biomechanical applications by conducting advanced research, teaching and advising at the undergraduate and graduate levels. My research to date in the field of smart-materials has led to two book chapters, 21 peer-reviewed journal articles and 30 conference papers, including the prestigious ASME / BOEING Best Paper Award at the AIAA SDM 2007 conference, a third place in the BOEING Engineering Student of the Year 2010 Award and an invited plenary session talk at the 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Smart Structures and Materials. My research has directly resulted in the earning of two SBIR contracts, helped earn another SBIR contract and led to two patent disclosures. In addition, I have been active in expanding my research into the area of medicine and biology by earning an NSF fellowship and attending the ASME 1st Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology.
  • Expertise

    Mechanical Engineering
    Structures, Solids, Dynamics, Vibrations
    Aerospace Engineering
    Fluid mechanics, Aerodynamics, Fluid-structure interaction
  • 2010: BOEING Engineering Student of the Year 2010 Award, 3rd Place, BOEING
  • 2010: National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship , National Science Foundation
  • 2008: ASME / BOEING 2008 Structures & Materials Award, ASME / BOEING
  • 2005: College of Engineering Fellowship, Virginia Tech
  • 2005: University Honors Student, Commonwealth Scholar, Virginia Tech
  • 2005: Dean’s List, Virginia Tech
  • 2004: Dean’s List, Virginia Tech
  • 2004: Eleanor Davenport Leadership Scholarship, Virginia Tech
  • 2004: Dean’s List, Virginia Tech
  • 2003: Dean’s List, Virginia Tech
  • 2003: Edward H. Cahill Memorial Scholarship, Virginia Tech
  • 2003: Dean’s List, Virginia Tech
  • 2002: Dean’s List, Virginia Tech
  • 2002: Dean’s Honor List, George Washington University
  • 2001: Presidential Achievement Scholarship, George Washington University