Commitment to Education and Research Earn Recognition for Young Engineer

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nadir Yilmaz, Ph.D., P.E., was recently named the 2014 Young Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Yilmaz is currently a professor of mechanical engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, as well as a licensed professional engineer in the state of New Mexico and an engineering consultant for the last 10 years. He has conceived, developed, and assembled a research laboratory for engines and fuels, as well as two educational laboratories that were supported by the State of New Mexico and the Department of Education (STEM Grant). He has advised numerous minority students under the AMP (Alliance for Minority Participation) program for undergraduate research and has successfully taught, supervised, and trained many young engineers, which include many women and underrepresented minorities.

He has been involved with numerous externally funded projects including those with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, Sandia National Laboratories, and NASA. He has brought in over $1 million in research grants and has established collaborations with overseas universities, companies, and small businesses in New Mexico and across the U.S.

Yilmaz is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and NSPE. He serves as the editor-in-chief for the SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants and is currently serving as president of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers’ Albuquerque Chapter and chair of ASME’s New Mexico Section.

He has received numerous teaching, engineering, and research awards at the institutional, state, national, and international levels including the New Mexico Tech University Distinguished Teaching Award (2013), the ASEE Section Outstanding Teaching Award (2013), the SAE International Faculty Advisor Award (2013), a U.S. Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Program Fellowship (2012–13), and a Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Visiting Scientist Fellowship (2014).

Yilmaz received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University (1999), Bradley University (2001), and New Mexico State University (2005), respectively.

The Young Engineer of the Year Award recognizes young NSPE members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their communities during the early years of their careers. Any licensed professional engineer or engineer intern who is an NSPE member in good standing and is 35 years of age or younger as of January 1 is eligible for nomination. The NSPE Honor Awards Committee selects the recipient on the basis of educational and collegiate achievements, professional and technical society activities, civic and humanitarian activities, continuing competence, and engineering achievements.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution photos of Yilmaz and the awards ceremony are available in digital format.