MAE Professor Elected ASME Fellow

Onur Bilgen, an associate professor in the School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME. He is one of only 3,513 designated Fellows among ASME’s more than 78,000 members. 

“I congratulate Onur on his election as an ASME fellow,” says Assimina Pelegri, MAE professor and department chair. “It reflects positively not only on his own professional accomplishments, but also on the strengths and growing reputation of our department.”   

The Fellow grade of ASME membership, according to ASME executive director and CEO Thomas Costabile’s letter announcing Bilgen’s election, recognizes Bilgen’s exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession and ASME. “By continuing to recognize our outstanding members and elevating them to the grade of Fellow, we ensure ASME’s commitment to its vision to ‘be the premier resource for the engineering community globally,’” he wrote. 

“It is a great honor to be recognized by ASME for my research and service to the community,” says Bilgen. “I’ve been involved with ASME since 2008. I’m currently serving as the secretary for the ASME Aerospace Division ASME Branch.”  

Bilgen has also served as chair and co-chair of ASME-sponsored symposia, committees, and conference sessions. He also notes that a number of his published journal papers have been published by ASME. 

His research focus is on multidisciplinary problems involving couped fluidic, mechanical, and electrical phenomenon. “In this context,” he says, “I am conducting research in two thrust areas – fluid-structure electronics interaction and dynamics and control of systems and structures.” 

In terms of professional aims, Bilgen explains that his “career goal is to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge on multi-functional systems by conducting research and to also inspire a new generation of engineers by teaching and advising at the undergraduate and graduate levels.”