Nadir Yilmaz – Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University

Nadir Yilmaz is a professor and the department chair of Mechanical Engineering at Howard University, as well as, a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and consultant. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Bradley University and New Mexico State University, respectively. He is a Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), a Fellow of NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) and a Fellow of SAE International. He has been a noted author of many publications in the fields of combustion, CFD, rocket propulsion and automotive engineering. He has educated and mentored many underrepresented minority and female students via various STEM programs including the NSF-funded AMP (Alliance for Minority Participation) program.

Dr. Yilmaz serves SAE and other professional societies in numerous leadership roles, including as the Editor-In-Chief for the SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants and as member of the editorial board of numerous international journals. In addition, he serves on NSPE Education Foundation Board of Trustees, New Mexico AMP Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of Society of Automotive Engineers of Turkey. Dr. Yilmaz has also served as the Past Chair of SAE Education Board, NSPE Higher Education Executive Board, SAE Washington DC Section and ASME New Mexico Section.

Dr. Yilmaz received the 2019 SAE International Leadership Citation Award, and was selected by SAE as a member of the inaugural SAE Top Contributor Class in 2019. Previously, he received the 2016 SAE International Excellence in Engineering Education (Triple E) Award, 2011 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award and the SAE Faculty Advisor Award in both 2013 and 2016. He has also been a recipient of numerous awards from American Society for Engineering Education, ASME and NSPE, including the 2014 NSPE National Young Engineer of the Year Award, awarded to a professional engineer under the age of 35 in the United States.