Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Mechanical Engineering

About the Department

Vision and Mission of the Program

The vision of the program is to become the focus of today’s technology and engineering by developing innovative, entrepreneurial and competetive R&D projects based on a close collaborative study within all engineering faculties and create benefits and difference in Turkey and its surroundings.

The mission of the program is to conduct international scientific studies that are focused on product development by working interdisciplinary with a competent, young and creative teaching and research staff.

Course Plan

The education within Istinye University Mechanical Engineering Department takes a 4 years of timeline and 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 learn the main courses of mechanical engineering such as Thermodynamics, Dynamics, Strength and Materials and Manufacturing Methods. In the third year, they are equipped with a robust ability of design and analysis through the elective courses in the areas of the students would like to specialise. In the last education year, they graduate as a mechanical engineer with well-equipped attributes that the industry market looking for after they carry out an industry 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 the previous years.

As it can be seen below that our department curriculum is based on mechanical engineering departments of the highest ranking universities of Turkey and the world. Unlike classical mechanical engineering curriculums, our course plan includes courses such as Biomechanics, Human Body, Robotics, Electrical & Hybrid Vehicles, Machine Learning and Artificial İntelligence. An intense computational mathematics planning takes place to teach machine learning and artificial intelligence concepts on a roboust fundamental. Students at mechanical engineering department are equipped with programming tools such as Python, Mathematica and MATLAB & Simulink. AutoCAD and SolidWorks,  as drawing and modelling tools, are taught as two separate semester courses in mechanical design,  as they are essential in many analysis and production processess in mechanical engineering.


Laboratory Facilities

İstinye University Mechanical Engineering Department provides several laboratory facilities within Modelling, Simulation and Extended Reality Lab, Control and Robotics Lab, Mechanics Lab, Strenght of Materials and Measurement Techniques Lab and Manufacturing Systems Lab.

Strenght of Materials and Measurement Techniques Laboratory

Materials and Measurement Laboratory is one of the fundamental laboratories of the mechanical engineering department and extensively used for Materials Science, Strenght of Materials, Statics, Engineering Design, and Machine Design I - II courses. Destructive and non-destructive inspection methods, which is used to determine mechanical properties of materials such as iron, steel, alloys or composites used in manufacturing, biomedical and biomechanical industies, must be experienced by every mechanical engineering students. Also, internal inspection of nano and smart materials are a fundamental educational outcome. In this laboratory, it is aimed for students to experiment and learn tensile and compressive stresses, torsional and bending moments and interpret the material properties such as yield and ultimate stress of these measurements to choose suitable materials. While the mechanical engineer candidates learn to design of machine elements theoretically, these elements and their connection forms are shown in the laboratory environment and the relationship between failure and life of the machine parts is emphasized with Charpy impact and fatigue tests. With the measurement devices in the laboratory, tolerances and exercises used in manufacturing are taught and students can perform calibration by performing error analysis. In addition, the concepts like pressure, temperature, force, moment, flow, which a mechanical engineer will encounter in whatever field he / she works are demonstrated in the materials and measurement laboratory.


The fundamental mechanical and electronic measurement systems that students must have knowledge about are demonstrated in the laboratory environment.

  • Rockwell hardness test (Materials Science)
  • Vickers hardness test (Materials Science)
  • Brinell hardness test (Materials Science)
  • Penetrant testing (Materials Science)
  • Microscope experiment (Materials Science)
  • Hooke's law and spring characteristic experiment (Engineering Design)
  • Drive systems experiment (Engineering Design)
  • Gear experiments(Engineering Design)
  • Strain gauge test (Strenght of Materials)
  • Torsional moment test (Strenght of Materials)
  • Compression - tension stress test (Strenght of Materials)
  • Fatigue test (Machine Design I)
  • Charpy impact test (Machine Design II)
  • Rijid cismin denge deneyi (Statics)

Manufacturing Systems Laboratory

Manufacturing Laboratory and the Mechanics Laboratory inside it are among the fundamental laboratories. With respect to the curriculum, it will be used extensively for mechanical engineering lectures Computer Aided Design, Fluid Mechanics I-II, Thermodynamics I-II and Mechanical Engineering Student Laboratory.

The first section of the laboratory, "Mechanical Design Workshop" has the tools which may be always needed. These are arc welding device, pillar drill, hand drill, grinding and cutting tools. In the same section, there are also tool cabinets, hexagon working workbenches and several hand tools. The second section is "Computer Integrated Manufacturing" section. Here, the parts designed in SolidWorks CAD software on workstation computers are prototyped with 3D printers. There parts are assembled in conveyor belts with robotic arms, which is controlled by students. Also, there are quality control and storage units in the production line. With using manufacturing optimization and simulation software, the production line is tried to be run the most efficient way. Accordingly, the optimization simulations are validated in the real production line as the last step.


Students who learn SolidWorks CAD software in "Computer Aided Design II" lecture, are able to manufacture the parts that they designed with 3D printers in the laboratories and also conduct analysis on them to make optimization. So that, the CAD (computer aided design) concept will be upgraded to CAM (computer aided manufacturing) and CAE (computer aided engineering).

  • Virtual production optimization
  • Assembly in production line
  • 3D printing and simulation optimization on CAD software
  • Machining and forming experiments
  • Welding and soldering experiments

Mechanics Laboratory

In this section, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Internal Combustion Engines, Vibration and Acoustics experiments are conducted in scope of "Mechanical Engineering Student Laboratory" lecture. There is a 3-cylinder diesel engine in the lab for mechanics and thermodynamics experiments. 

  • Fluid mechanics experiments
  • Thermodynamics experiments
  • Internal combustion engine experiments
  • Vibration and acoustics experiments 


These tools are available in the workbenches and toolboxes in the mechanical laboratory:

  • Allen set (Torx and hexagon)
  • Sprays (Liquid grease oil, rust cleaner, silicone)
  • Hand cleaning solution
  • Adhesives (Liquid gasket ,fast glue kit, manual silicone gun)
  • Lever
  • Matte black paint
  • Soldered cable end
  • Zip tie
  • Soldering pen
  • O-ring set
  • LED lamp
  • Plate sander, metal brush
  • Grinding wheel, cutting wheel, flap disc
  • Utility knife, electric tape, double-sided tape
  • Earmuffs, safety googles, safety gloves
  • Hand saw
  • Cool melt wax gun
  • Welding machine and accessories
  • Feeler gauge set
  • Tape measure, test pencil, digital multimeter, mechanical and digital caliper, digital micrometer, torque wrench
  • Funnel
  • Spatula and tweezers set
  • Torx, phillips, flat, socket and electrician screwdriver sets
  • Insulated pliers, adjustable pliers, wrench, pipe wrench
  • Spark plug socket, piston ring
  • Pliers (Lineman's, parrot, side chisel, circlip, hose clamp)
  • Locking bar clamp
  • Key sets 
  • Hammers (wooden handle and plastic)
  • Brush set, file set, punch set
  • Magnetic grabber
  • Pullers
  • Jack
  • Lubricator
  • Rivet gun and nut set
  • Column drill and hand drill
  • Spirit level
  • Grinding and cutting machine
  • Extension cables
  • Bits and drill bit sets
  • Hook-scraper set
  • Cordless screwdriver

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. ISU Racing Team and Quantum Dynamics 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.

ISU Racing Team is working for the "IMechE Formula Student" competition, which is a combination of races and tasks for student-made internal combustion or electric vehicles. Also, the Quantum Dynamics student team is also working on UAV design and manufacturing and they contiune their works in Materials and Measurement Laboratory.






Industry specialists, sales and marketing coordinators and chief designers from Turkey's leading automotive and energy companies come to Istinye Unviersity at regular intervals under the "Let Your Mentor be a CEO" program to give technical courses and transfer their knowledge and experience to our students. These companies include Toyota Turkey, TÜMOSAN and TÜV SÜD. Toyota Turkey team attented the "Toyota Hybrid Talks" event and carried on a seminar. Also Toyota's hybrid vehicles are tested in this event.




In addition, our students who participate in international fairs such as Automechanika, IDEF Defense and Petroleum & Gas Power Network, have the opportunity to closely follow the latest developments in their profession during their first year of their education.


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.



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:

Scientific studies in the field of biomechanical systems are carried out within the "Human - Computer Interaction and Virtual Reality Applications Laboratory" in Istinye University Mechanical Engineering Department. Computer modeling and simulation of medical applications are widely used today to shed light on clinical studies from an engineering perspective. These methods are used especially in surgical planning and diagnosis, diagnosis and predictions of diseases, and their usage area is expanding day by day. Also, demonstrating these techniques as an aid to lectures in engineering and medical teaching are among modern applications.

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With this project, it is aimed to establish the infrastructure of the modeling, simulation and visualization laboratory, which is a part of the advanced research laboratory of the engineering faculty. This laboratory will provide a suitable environment for the development of tools to be used in research and teaching. The main purpose of these systems can be listed as medical imaging and segmentation, 3D reconstruction, surgical planning, modeling, simulation and 3D interaction. At this stage, there will be virtual environment titles, haptic tools and 3D mice that aim to work interactively with the experiment sets planned to be established. Applications such as biomechanics, virtual type, fluid mechanics and structural mechanics can also be carried out with these sets. In addition, sets will be adaptable for geographical, architectural and historical studies, if desired. Publications and conferences will be targeted especially in cooperation with hospitals and medical doctors.

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