Gökçin Çınar

Gökçin Çınar

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering

University of Michigan

Gökçin Çınar (pronounced gok-chin chin-r ) is an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. She is the Principal Investigator of Integrated Design of Environmentally-friendly Aerospace Systems (IDEAS) Lab. Her research interests include aerospace systems design, integration, and optimization with a special focus on electrified aircraft concepts and sustainable aviation. In her research, she utilizes model-based engineering along with probabilistic and statistical methods to analyze, understand and design the complex system behavior of an aerospace vehicle.

Prior to her role at Michigan, Dr. Cinar worked as a Research Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology where she oversaw a range of government and industry funded research projects on future aircraft technologies, green aviation, electrified aircraft and its propulsion subsystems, thermal management systems, and model-based systems engineering.

Dr. Cinar holds Ph.D. and MSc. degrees in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, and a Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Middle East Technical University. Her doctoral dissertation titled “Methodology for Dynamic Sizing of Electric Power Generation and Distribution Architectures” was conducted in consultation with Prof. Dimitri Mavris at Georgia Tech. As part of her Ph.D. work, she developed a parametric, physics-based novel aircraft design and analysis framework and a software called “Electrified Propulsion Architecture Sizing and Synthesis (E-PASS)”. E-PASS has since enabled various new research topics funded by NASA, AFRL, and Boeing.

Dr. Cinar is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She serves as the Publications and Policy Chair of AIAA’s Electrified Aircraft Technology Technical Committee. She is also a member of the Organizing Committee for the AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS). She is the Publication Co-Chair of 2022 IEEE/AIAA Transportation Electrification Conference and Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (ITEC+EATS).

Dr. Cinar is also passionate about science communication. Since 2016, she has been involved in outreach activities to promote STEM and gender equality in STEM. As part of this outreach, she owns a YouTube channel (only in Turkish) and gives invited talks and seminars at high schools, universities, and local and social media platforms.

You can pronounce her name as gok-chin chin-r. If you are up to the challenge, click the play buttons below to listen to the native pronunciation of her name:

  • Aerospace systems design, integration, optimization
  • Sustainable aviation with a special focus on electrified and hydrogen-powered aircraft concepts
  • Advanced design methods (e.g., statistical modeling, probabilistic design, machine learning, etc.)
  • Model-based Systems Engineering
  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering, 2018

    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • MSc in Aerospace Engineering, 2015

    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • BSc in Aerospace Engineering, 2012

    Middle East Technical University