Director, Center for Energy, Environment and Economy (CEEE)
Özyeğin University, TR



Professor M. Pinar Mengüç received his BS and MS from ODTU/METU in Ankara, Turkey, and his PhD from Purdue University, USA in 1985, all in Mechanical Engineering. The same year he joined the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY and became a full professor in 1993. He was a visiting professor at Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy during 1991; at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, during 1998-99 academic year, and at the University of California, Los Angeles during the first half of 2022.

At the end of 2008, he was promoted to Engineering Alumni Association Chair Professor at the University of Kentucky, a title which he still holds. He has six patents and the author of more than 160 articles published in SCI journals, has co-authored more than 220 conference papers and two books. He has worked with more than 65 MS, PhD and Post-Doc researchers, and had more than 135 invited/keynote lectures delivered. He joined Özyeğin University, Istanbul in 2009 as the founding Head of Mechanical Engineering. The same year, he established the Centre for Energy, Environment and Economy (CEEE/EÇEM), which he is still directing. His research areas include radiative transfer, nano-scale transport phenomena, applied optics and sustainable energy applications. He is an elected member of Science Academy of Turkey, a fellow of both ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) and ICHMT (International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer), and a Senior Member of OSA (Optical Society of America). He is in the executive committees of several NGO, including ICHMT and Science Academy. He is one of the Editors-in-Chief Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (JQSRT). Mengüç has received several recognitions, including the 2018 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award and the 2020 Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Award, and several other awards with his CEEE/EÇEM research group in Istanbul.

​Presentation ​

From Radiation Transport to Sustainable Energy Transition

In this presentation, the impact of thermal sciences, particularly that of radiation transfer on sustainable energy transition is discussed. Impact of fundamental transport and radiative phenomena on nano-scale applications, on energy efficiency, and to the future of renewable energy systems will be highlighted. Importance of fundamental studies as related to both at nano- and macro-level studies, and importance of innovation based critical interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teamwork will be discussed. The presentation will also highlight the importance of design methodology to achieve both sustainability and energy transition for future industrial operations and the importance of ESG goals to develop a road map for adaptation to future climate change concerns.