Dr. Onur Bilgen is a tenure-track faculty at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of Rutgers University in New Jersey. Dr. Bilgen received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2005, 2007 and 2010 respectively. Onur held a two-year (post-doctoral) research officer position at Swansea University in United Kingdom.
Dr. Bilgen conducts research in conceptual design, modeling/simulation, optimization, control, manufacturing and testing/validation of smart-material based multi-physics systems. Piezoelectric materials and shape-memory alloys are among the materials that he studies. Applications include aircraft systems such as multi-rotor drones, fixed-wing, flapping-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, energy-conversion and harvesting systems, soft/compliant robotics, manipulators and biomechanical systems, and mobile biomedical devices.