Professor and Provost
Bilkent University, Turkey
Adnan Akay joined Bilkent University on January 1, 2009 as Vice President and the founding chair of the new Mechanical Engineering Department, taking a leave of absence from Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, Dr. Akay served at the U.S. National Science Foundation as the Director of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division. Prior to serving at NSF, Dr. Akay was a professor and the head of Mechanical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University where he was awarded the endowed Lord Chair in Engineering. From 1978 to 1992, he was on the faculty at Wayne State University where he held the DeVlieg Chair in Engineering. Between 1976 and 1978 he was a visiting staff fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health. He has held visiting appointments at MIT, the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and at Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon in France. Professor Akay is an active member of the engineering professional community, and has been recognized for his contributions to research, education and professional service. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Acoustical Society of America, and a member of several honor societies. Dr. Akay serves on advisory boards of several universities and regularly consults with international industries as a technical advisor.