I am a computational scientist, and my work focuses on multidisciplinary design optimization.

My main research interest is multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO). With MDO, we consider multiple disciplines in a coupled manner while optimizing the design of complex engineering systems. I am also interested in method development for high-performance computing applications. My research vision is to develop methods that can utilize the ever-growing power of scientific computing resources in the solution of challenging engineering problems.

The main motivation of my research is to reduce the environmental impact of aviation. I am working towards this goal by developing advanced computational design tools that can be used to design environmentally sustainable aircraft. During my Ph.D., my research primarily focused on aeropropulsive design optimization, in which the aerodynamic and propulsion system designs are optimized in a coupled manner. Besides aeropropulsive design optimization, I also worked on the development of robust and high-performance tools for numerical design optimization frameworks.

Currently, I am a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan. I have been working with the MDO Lab under the supervision of Prof. Joaquim R. R. A. Martins since January 2017, where I finished my Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Scientific Computing in September 2021. I also obtained two Master of Science and Engineering (M.S.E.) degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Michigan, I studied Mechanical Engineering at Bogazici University in Turkey. I was also a reciprocal exchange student at UC Berkeley for the Fall 2014 semester.

I received the François-Xavier Bagnoud Fellowship in October 2019, which was the main source of funding for my Ph.D. I was also selected as a MICDE Fellow in September 2019. In 2021, I received the AIAA Gordon C. Oates Air Breathing Propulsion Graduate Award. I won the best student paper in MDO award with my conference paper on the STARC-ABL configuration at the AIAA AVIATION Forum in 2019 [C2], and also again with my conference paper on the coupled aeropropulsive model development at the AIAA AVIATION Forum in 2021 [C7]. My visualization of the STARC-ABL concept optimization received the second place in the Scientific Visualization Competition at the Engineering Research Symposium in November 2019.