The endowed position was established in 1995 and previously held by Jack Holman, who retired in 2005.
Otugen’s appointment recognizes his “exceptional record as an educator, researcher, and leader,” says Geoffrey Orsak, dean of the Lyle School. “His proven excellence in these areas, combined with his international reputation, provides tremendous value to students in the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Lyle School and to the entire SMU community.”
Currently, Otugen serves as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department in the Lyle School, as well as director of the Micro Sensor Laboratory. His undergraduate courses include thermodynamics, aerodynamics and rocket propulsion. At the graduate level, he teaches transport phenomena and convective heat transfer.
The holder of two patents pertaining to micro-optical sensor technology, Otugen has won significant research support from NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in addition to continuous financial support from major international corporations. He serves on several international technical committees, including the Aerodynamic Measurement Technical Committee and the Sensor Systems Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Otugen is a contributing author for more than 120 technical journal articles and conference papers. His honors and awards include recognition as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1998.
Dr. Otugen attended Istanbul Technical University, earning his B.S. degree in naval architecture and marine engineering in 1978. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering and mechanics from Drexel University in 1982 and 1986.