Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
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Derya Aksaray
Assistant Professor

Derya Aksaray

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Office: 216 Akerman Hall
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Professor Aksaray will be joining the Department in January of 2018. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of control theory, formal methods, and machine learning with applications to autonomous systems and robotics.


B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 2008
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014


Beginning January 2018: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2016 - 2017: Posdoctoral Associate, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2014 - 2016: Postdoctoral Researcher, Boston University
2008 - 2014: Graduate Research Assistant, Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology
2007: Intern, TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey) Space Institutition
2006: Intern, Turkist Aerospace Industries (TAI)

Five Recent Publications

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Awards and Honors

  • 2013 AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference, Travel Grant awarded by a poster competition to attend Airborne Networks and Communication Workshop (one of only 10 student participants from across US)
  • 2013 American Control Conference, Best Presentation in Session award
    AHS Helicopter Design Competition 2008, member/coordinator of the Team awarded Best New Entrant
  • Paper competition for EUROAVIA Design Workshop 2007, one of only 25 student participants from across Europe

Scientific and Professional Societies

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Subjects and Courses Taught

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