Faculty of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

About the Department

Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Barış DOĞRU, Bölüm Başkanı

Mission and Vision of the Department

The mission of Istinye University Mechanical Engineering Department is to make international scientific studies focused on product development by working interdisciplinary with a competent, young and creative teaching and research staff.

The vision of Istinye University Mechanical Engineering Department is to develop innovative, entrepreneur and competetive R&D projects based on a close collaborative study within all engineering faculty, become the focus of today’s technology and engineering and originate benefits and differences in Turkey and its surroundings.

Course Plan

The education within Istinye University Mechanical Engineering Department takes a 4-years timeline and also the education language is entirely in English. The mechanical engineering students start their training with first year’s common engineering courses such as Physics, Mathematics, Computing Languages and Computer Aided Technical Drawing. When the students end up the second year, they have learned the main mechanical courses such as Thermodynamics, Dynamics, Strength and Materials and Manufacturing Methods. In the third year, they have been equipped with a robust ability of designing and analysing through the elective courses in which the students would like to specialise. In the last year, they are graduated as a Mechanical Engineer with well-equipped attributes what the industry market looking for after they carry out an industrial aimed dissertation project including usually an experimental study, a numerical study and a machine design stages where they can combine their former knowledge and experiences in first three years.


See below to explore our department curriculum prepared based on mechanical engineering departments of the highest ranking universities of Turkey and the World. Unlike classical mechanical engineering curriculum, our course plan includes courses such as Biomechanics, Human Body, Robotics, Electrical&Hybrid Vehicles, Machine Learning and Artificial İntelligence. An intense computational mathematics planning is taken place to teach machine learning and artificial intelligence concepts on a roboust fundamental. Students at mechanical engineering department are equipped with coding tools such as Python, Mathematica and Matlab&Simulink. AutoCAD and SolidWorks drawing tools are taught as two separate semester courses in mechanical design, analysis and production as an essential of mechanical engineering.

Laboratories and Academic Facilities

The Department of Mechanical Engineering within Istinye University manage both modern Student Laboratories (Materials and Instrumentation&Measurement Laboratory, Machine Tools Laboratory and Machine Shop, Physics Laboratory and Computer Laboratory) and R&D Centres (TYZAUM-Artificial Intelligence In Medicine Research Center) for students and reserachers. Certain product development experts, sales and marketing coordinators and design chefs from Turkey’s leading automotive and energy companies share their experiences and fund of knowledge with our students when they visit the university as a student mentor or a lecturer aiming to give a practical course within the frame of “Mentörün CEO olsun” organisation. In addition, our students participating in international exhibitions such as Automechanika, IDEF defense industry and Petroleum & Gas Power Network have the opportunity to follow the latest developments related to their professions during their first year of university.





Library and Student Clubs

Thousands of engineering books, articles and periodicals can be accessed at the Topkapı Campus Library. The e-library also provides off-campus access. Automotive & Innovation and ISU Racing Team student clubs under the supervisor of Dr.Barış Doğru within Istinye University Student Center maintain to establish the the necessary infrastructure to take part in national and international student vehicle competitions.


Educational Training

Our students complete their practical training by completing 40-day “Industrial-I” and “Industrial-II” internships during the summer semester when they complete their 4th and 6th semesters. In the “Industry-I” internship, they apply the “Workshop Internship” consisting of casting, machining and non-chip forming and welding applications at qualified work places to be directed by our department, and in “Industrial-II”, they apply “Factory and Organization” applications.


Academic Staff and Abroad Opportunities

Asst.Prof.Dr. Barış Doğru, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Istinye University, achieved a postdoctoral work titled “Dynamic Modelling of a Gasoline Engine for Optimal Control Purpose” at the University of Southampton's Energy Technology Research Group, and has significant connections in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment. Faculty member Assoc.Prof.Dr. Umud Esat Ozturk is working at the University of Bath Research and Transportation Center of the University of Bath in UK. Asst.Prof.Dr. Ziya Ercan, another faculty member of the department, has worked as a visiting researcher in the “Autonomous Vehicle Project” at the Control Laboratory of the University of California.


Student mobility and short term internship mobility agreements within the scope of Erasmus + of our university are listed below:


Scientific Studies

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Istinye University conducts experimental and numerical studies on work packages with major companies producing engines and drivetrain in the domestic market in order to make internal combustion engines more environmentally and cost-effective in terms of fuel consumption and pollutant emissions. Engine modeling and thermodynamic cycle analysis are maintained with the collaboration of Southampton University.

Since global warming and pollutant gases are seriously threatening human health nowadays and fosil fuel resources are rapidly depleting, more efficient vehicle engine has become a considerable issue. The most effective method to save time and fuel during pre-production engine tests is processing simulation tools such as 1-D (dimensional) and 3-D engine modeling.

By processing the most suitable predictive engine inputs on the engine map, the internal combustion engine can be produced more economically in terms of fuel consumption and cleaner in terms of exhaust gases. Critical parameters such as ignition timing, fuel injection timing and throttle angle, which are the optimum engine inputs obtained in the simulations, can be optimized at specific engine speed and load points without the need for any engine testing. Then the simulation results are compared with the test results obtained from the dyno test. As the test data, values ​​such as heat release curve, combustion time and maximum in-cylinder pressure and simulation results are highly confirmed in terms of engine performance, emissions and indicated engine parameters. Since the obtained static engine map is used as the mean value model for a single engine cycle, a dynamic model is created fully compatible with the engine speed-time graph and transition regimes including the real-time and drive model required for engine control unit.

One of the research field at Istinye University Mechanical Engineering Department is mechanism design. The motivation of numerical studies are provided by the skip cycle mechanism which has been developed in order to prevent excessive fuel consumption and exhaust gases under urban traffic conditions in gasoline engines. The main purpose of the developed mechanism is to minimize the throttling (pumping) losses between the throttle and the intake manifold in traditional engine configuration under partial load conditions such as urban traffic or idling.

In addition, numerical, experimental and design studies on variable valve timing, variable compression ratio, turbocharging, fuel staging (FSI) and cycle skipping are published in important international and peer-reviewed journals. Some of the articles of our faculty members can be found at the following links: