Yurdun Orbak is currently a full professor in the Industrial Engineering Department at Uludağ University. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University’s (ITU) Mechanical Engineering Department in 1992 ranking first in his graduating class of 178 students.
In 1992, he enrolled in the M.S. program in Robotics at the ITU’s Institute of Science & Technology. During his tenure there, he took a national exam held by the Turkish Ministry of National Education and was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the Turkish Government to pursue graduate studies in the United States in Mechanical Engineering – Robotics. During the fall of 1994, he was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. He continued his graduate studies at MIT beginning in the spring of 1994, and graduated with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (SMME) degree in 1995 and a Mechanical Engineer’s (ME) degree in 1998.
His research interests lie in interdisciplinary areas, especially in robotics, system dynamics and control and lean manufacturing.