Adnan Akay, BSME 1971, MSME 1972, PhD 1976
Dr. Adnan Akay earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees in Mechanical Engineering from NC State in 1971, 1972, and 1976, respectively. He is currently the Provost of Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and chair of Mechanical Engineering Department. Previously, he served at the U.S. National Science Foundation as the Director of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division on leave from Carnegie Mellon University. At CMU, Dr. Akay was a professor and the head of Mechanical Engineering Department between 1992-2005 where he was awarded the endowed Lord Chair in Engineering. He also served on the faculty at Wayne State University and 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 Appliqués de Lyon in France. Dr. Akay serves on several industry and university advisory boards. Professor Akay’s research lies in applied mechanics with emphasis on vibrations, acoustics, tribology, and dissipation theories. Much of his current research focuses on friction-induced sounds and application of the concept of thermalization of vibrations, inspired by the dynamics of atoms in a solid, to reduce vibrations in complex structures. Professor Akay is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is the recipient of the ASME Per Bruel Gold Medal (2005) and Humboldt Research Award (2011).