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General  Information

Department of Astronautical Engineering (AE) that aims to prepare students for the design, control, analysis, testing and operation of aerospace systems was established on March 3rd, 1983. It is currently the first and only department in Turkey delivering an education in Astronautical Engineering. Since its establishment the department has over 640 graduates with the Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering.

Astronautical Engineering Department has been involved in high technology research and education, contributing to the scientific knowledge in national and international levels. With the increased interest in space technologies new decisions have been made by the government to support industry and research establishments including universities to carry out research, design and development studies on space technology. The AE department with its experience in Astronautical Engineering education has well taken this initiative and quickly started a pico-satellite design and development project which was supported by the University and (TÜBİTAK).

Within the concept of CubeSat Project a picosatellite with dimensions of 10cm x 10cm x 10cm was developed and sent to space in 23rd September 2009 by Istanbul Technical University, while achieving the goal of being the first university satellite of Turkey. Then, a protocol was signed with TURKSAT, national satellite operator for collaboration on building a nano satellite which was placed into orbit on April 26, 2013. Currently, another project is pursued to develop a 3U platform to house an industrial X band transmitter. Moreover, the public is continuously informed about the developments in the Laboratory on space technology applications through various media resources and seminars.

The mission, educational objectives, student outcomes, and annual statistics statements of the Astronautical Engineering Department is posted at http://faa.itu.edu.tr/Icerik.aspx?sid=8415.

Student Admission

Admission to the department is controlled by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM), which is affiliated to the Higher Education Council (YÖK).
Students accepted to the program can be divided into five categories:

1)    Regular high school or technical and vocationally oriented high school graduates.
2)    The first ranking graduates of high schools.
3)    Foreign students.
4)    Transfer students from different engineering programs at ITU and other domestic and foreign universities.
5)    Students of other engineering programs at ITU pursuing double major in Aeronautical Engineering.

Regular high school or technical and vocationally oriented high school graduates are accepted to the program through a nationwide University Entrance Examination (ÖSS), which is performed in two successive stages every year in March and June. The examination aims to measure the verbal and the quantitative abilities of the candidates and is administered by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM), which is affiliated with the Higher Education Council (YÖK). Candidates are essentially evaluated on basis of their performance in the examinations together with their academic achievement (grade-point averages) in high school. The effective scores of the candidates reflect not only their selection examination scores but also their grade point averages at high school graduation. The candidates are placed in the higher education programs that are the highest on their list of preferences, if compatible with their scores.

The department has a limited number of quota for foreign students which is announced by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM). The foreign students who wish to enroll in the program should have to meet the criteria outlined by the Higher Education Council of Turkey at: http://www.yok.gov.tr/web/guest/yurt-disindan-kabul-edilecek-ogrenci-kontenjanlari and Application Conditions to Undergraduate Level Programs at http://www.sis.itu.edu.tr/eng/foreign/ .

International Equivalence

The Astronautical Engineering program of the department is recognized as "Substantially Equivalent" to ABET accredited programs in the US in 2004.

International Relations

The table gives the summary of the figures for transfer students of all kind for the last 5 years.


Transfer Students for Past Five Academic Years

Year

Other

University

Two-Year  Institutes

Within ITU

ERASMUS

Transfer

Double Major

Minor

Incoming

Outgoing

2015

3

2

3

5

1

1

8

2014

0

2

5

5

2

1

8

2013

0

3

5

4

2

0

4

2012

0

1

3

4

0

0

6

2011

0

0

6

4

1

0

1

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Employment Opportunities

TUSAŞ Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI)

TUSAŞ Turkish Engine Industries (TEI)

ROKETSAN

ASELSAN

HAVELSAN

ALP Aviation

GE Aviation

Undersecretariat for Defense Industries

THY Technic Aircraft MRO

My Technic Aircraft MRO

ONUR Airlines

Free Bird Airlines

Sun Express Airlines

Turkish Civil Aviation Authority

TÜBİTAK-SAGE Defense Industry Research and Development Institute

TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute

Altınay Aerospace and Advanced Technologies Inc.

VESTEL Defense Industries Inc.

KALE Aviation

FIGES

Army 1st Air Supply and Maintenance Center

Army 2nd Air Supply and Maintenance Center

Army5thMain Maintenance Center

Student Activities

For the last couple of years the teams and their participations are:

ATA Unmanned Air Vehicle Team

AIAA DBF

ITU ARISAT

CanSat Competition of AAS and AIAA

ITU Uyari Rocket Useful Load Team

CanSat Competitions of AIAA USA LEEM (Laboratorio para Experimentacion en Espacio y Microgravedad), Spain

UUMK Rocket Useful Load Team

CanSat Competitions of AIAA, Texas, USA

Sci-X Team

SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition

Pars Rocket Team

Experimental Sounding Rocket

Lagari Thrust Sounding Rocket Team

 


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Astronautical Engineering ‘Student Laboratory’ Facilities

No.

Name

Room No.

Area (m2)

Function

1

Trisonic Research Laboratory (Student Instructional Lab)

TRL Building

2000

Fluid Dynamics (Student & Research)

2

Composites and Structures Laboratory

UUBF

500

(Student& Research)

3

Controls and Avionics Laboratory

UUBF 312a,b,c  319

130

Controls and Avionics, Applied Aerospace GNC (Student & Research)

4

Space Systems Design and Testing Laboratory

UUBF

130

(Student& Research)

5

Model Airplane Laboratory

UUBF

313, 314

130

Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle Design

6

Machine Shop

TRL Building

200

Provides Support to Research and

Teaching Experimental Activities

 

Astronautical Engineering ‘Research Laboratory’ Facilities

No.

Name of the Lab.

Room No.

Area (m2)

Function

1

Computational Engineering (CFD) Laboratory (HEMLAB)

UUBF

65

(Research)

2

High Performance Computing and Virtual Reality Lab

UUBF

70

(Research)

3

Reverse Engineering Laboratory

UUBF

18

(Research)

4

Combustion Laboratory

TRL Building

55

(Research)

5

Small Satellites Communication Laboratory

UUBF

25

(Research)

 

 

 


Projects

Projects are mentioned in laboratories section.












Contact

Head of Department:

Zahit MECİTOĞLU

Vice Head of Department:

Bayram ÇELİK

Vice Head of Department:

Cuma YARIM

E-mail:

uzaymuh-uubf@itu.edu.tr

Telephone:

(0212) 285 3101 / 124

Fax:

(0212) 285 3139

Web:

http://www.faa.itu.edu.tr/Icerik.aspx?sid=4363

Adress:

ITU Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Department of Astronautics
Ayazaga Campus 34469 Maslak / Istanbul



Academic Staff (in alphabetical order)

Faculty 

ASLAN, Alim Rüstem
PhD 1991 VKI-ULB (Belgium)

BALKAN, Demet
PhD 2012 ITÜ

CEBECİ, Hülya

ÇELİK, Bayram
PhD 2006 ITU

ÇETİNER-YILDIRIM, N. L. Okşan
PhD 1999 Lehigh University (USA)

EDİS, Fırat Oğuz
PhD 1998 ITU

FENERCİOĞLU, İdil
PhD 2010 ITU

GÜNGÖR, Ayşe Gül
PhD 2009 Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

KARYOT, T. Berat
PhD 1985 Ecole Nationale Superieure de L'Aeronautique et de L'Espace, Automatic Control Engineering (France)

MECİTOĞLU, Zahit (Chair)
PhD 1988 ITU

MISIRLIOĞLU, Aydın
PhD 1998 ITU

NİKBAY, Melike
PhD 2002 University of Colorado at Boulder (USA)

SOYER, Hüsnü Barbaros
PhD 2000 ITU

ŞAHİN, Mehmet
PhD 2004 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology(İsviçre)

TUTKUN, Bülent
PhD 2012  ITU

YARIM, Cuma
PhD 2002 ITU

YÜCEİL, Kemal Bülent
PhD 1995 University of Texas at Austin (USA)


Research Assistants

AKAY, Erdem

AKAY, İklim Gençtürk

ÇAY, Yiğit 

KARAKAŞ, Ferhat

SON, Onur

TABANLI, Hasan

TÜRKOĞLU, Sibel

YILMAZ, Saliha Banu

Visiting Research Assistants

AVCI, Zehra Damla Uca

ATA, Reşit Kayhan

DURNA, Ahmet Selim

ÇİLDEN, Demet

HANÇER, Muhsin

ÖZTÜRK, Muhammet

SİNANÇ, Enes


Emeritus 

DAYBELGE, Umur

DELALE, Can Fuat

GÜLÇAT, Ülgen

MERİÇ, R. Alsan

 

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