Chairperson's Message

Manufacturing Industry level of a country directly affects the wealth and welfare in that country. Manufacturing Industry covers all the sectors from food to textile, from automotive to aeronautics, from cement to paper and petrochemicals, from medicine to machinery where the production-transformation processes from raw materials to products- are involved. Manufacturing industry whose main input is raw materials and output is products can lead to a high level of welfare and employment if only it has high added value.  This is only possible, if the products which are highly demanded in the world market can be manufactured by using less resources (raw material, energy, manpower). Manufacturing the same products which are already circulated in the global market by exporting the means of transportation may seem to be a success, if it provides a price advantage in the market; however, such manufacturing structures are obliged to vanish by losing their profitability due to increasing competition. If the manufacturing industry is intended to flourish the economy, it must have the ability to continuously renew itself with the new technologies, its production processes, production equipment and methods to diversify the products towards high technology products with high added value. In order to achieve this, manufacturing industry should focus on the products based on R&D, be open to innovations and have an ability to adapt these innovations and new technologies. It must be the universities where the manpower is educated and trained, where the knowledge is developed and transferred to technology. The level of education and research in the universities should be high and their activities should be directed towards the areas where the industry needs the most in order for feeding the industry with brand new knowledge and technologies.

 

The Department of Manufacturing Engineering and the Center of Excellence for Metal Forming were founded to fulfill industry’s urgent need of well-equipped engineers and well-established R/D structure. These structures are complementing each other and acting as a unit when required to produce knowledge and technology leading to industrial applications.  


The undergraduate program of the Manufacturing Engineering Department is quite a unique program based on mechanical engineering curriculum with design emphasis where the materials and manufacturing technologies from raw material to product are studied analytically, experimentally and by the help of numerical modeling. Our graduates will have the knowledge and ability to do solid modeling of products, analyze their mechanical behaviors, design and manufacture the required dies and molds and the equipment for their production and determine the required manufacturing processes. They will have the career to work as engineers in the design and engineering and R/D departments of the companies or as plant engineers at the production lines.
 

Our Department has one of the best equipped CAD/CAM laboratories in our country. Our undergraduate program is structured to enable our students to conduct their design and laboratory activities within the scope of their courses they are taking starting from their freshman year. Laboratories, design and applied works are all planned to encourage our students to develop their entrepreneurial innovative abilities and to enjoy what they are doing. Our students have started to achieve success in quite a few nationwide project competitions.


Our faculty has a strong theoretical, experimental and industrial knowledge and experience in materials and manufacturing technologies. It is quite hard to find such a powerful and cooperative faculty mainly focused on metal forming technologies in any other similar departments.
The Center of Excellence for Metal Forming, where most of our faculty members are working (http://mfce.atilim.edu.tr/) has the facilities capable of doing a wide range of materials characterization tests with high accuracy. The center has an excellent infrastructure and research personnel to conduct mathematical modeling for die design used in bulk and sheet metal forming. The center also acts as a training center for engineers and researchers.  The Center constitutes a good example for our country in terms of its foundation principles and management structure.  Founding members of the center are the leading companies of our country. All the equipment, hardware and the software are purchased for the center under the joint supervision of the university and the industry according to the industrial and academic needs.  Activities conducted in the Center make the academic and industrial research results transferred to the industry for the development of new products and new processes. 
Volunteer and successful undergraduate students may conduct their projects and part of their internship at the Center of Excellency for Metal Forming under the supervision of the faculty members and in cooperation with the industry.
Starting from 2014-2015 academic year, volunteer and successful students will have the opportunity to do their summer practice on a long term (10-12 weeks) based on mutual protocols to be signed with several leading companies. The students who would complete junior and senior year internships by this means, may have the opportunity to do their graduation projects in the same company as candidate engineers. 
Many of our student have the opportunity to go abroad as part of their education mainly through the Erasmus Program. Student can also benefit from Erasmus Program to do internship in a European Country.


Our graduates with high GPA may have the opportunity to do their postgraduate studies abroad. The international connections of the counselors and instructors of our Center of Excellence for Metal Forming help these successful students to do postgraduate and doctoral studies abroad. However, our department has the policy of giving the priority to finding students with high qualification for our post graduate and Ph. D. Programs. There are quite a few students registered to our post graduate program and to MODES Ph.D. program within our department. We also have quite a few students with post graduate degrees continuing their career in various universities and companies. 
 

As a final wording, it can be stated: “The only attribute to make a design a reality, not a science fiction fantasy is its manufacturability. Whatever the discipline is, one cannot become an engineer unless he/she knows the manufacturing technologies.”

Prof. Dr. S. Engin KILIÇ
Chairperson