Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Materials Science and Nano-Engineering Program


Research groups affiliated in the past & present

Composites Design Group at Stanford University

Structural & Multidisciplinary Optimization Group at University of Florida

Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group at University of Florida

Engineering and Development at Roketsan



Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Florida.
M.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering at the Middle East Technical University - Turkey.
B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering at the Middle East Technical University - Turkey.


Graduate and Post-Graduate Study Applicants

Graduate students both at M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels are sought and assistantships are offered depending on the availability of the funds. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the research projects, the applicants can be appointed jointly by the other academic programs such as Mechatronics as well as Materials Science and Engineering program on the condition that they meet the minimum requirements of the Engineering Faculty and the selection committee(s). 

Applicants from engineering disciplines including, but not limited to Materials Science and Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; if you think that your research interest fits into below topics, you may send your resume (in MS Word or pdf formats) to me.

Deadlines for Fall and Spring applications are usually May and December, respectively. For further information on other requirements, and the details of application procedure, please visit: 


Post-graduate study applicants who are interested in below topics are also encoureged to contact me in order to coordinate for seeking national and international funding opportunities.

Specific topics of my research interests on the recent graduate studies and projects

Electroactive materials for actuators, sensors and energy harvesting

Micromechanics of Failure (MMF) for Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials and structural design optimization

Nano-integrated Hybrid Composites

Virtual Testing of Composites

Micro Air Vehicles (MAV)

Contact Information

Sabanci University

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Orhanli Tuzla 34956

Istanbul - Turkey


Phone: +(90) (216) 483 9546
Fax   :  +(90) (216) 483 9550
E-mail : mpapila at sabanciuniv.edu