Burak Ozdoganlar is currently Ver Planck endowed chair professor of Mechanical Engineering and the associate director of the Engineering Research Accelerator. He also holds courtesy faculty positions in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Ozdoganlar received two M.S. degrees from The Ohio State University in 1993 and 1995, and his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1999. Before joining Carnegie Mellon in 2004, he held positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a postdoctoral research associate, and at the Sandia National Laboratories as a senior member of technical staff.

His primary research interests include modeling and experimentation of manufacturing processes and systems, specializing in multi-scale (macro/micro/nano-) manufacturing and its applications (including medical and biomedical device fabrication); precision engineering; modeling and experimental approaches in structural dynamics; and modal testing and analysis.

He has co-authored more than 60 archival journal articles, and more than 80 conference articles. In the recent past, he served as associate technical editor for ASME J. Manufacturing Science and Engineering, and for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) J. Manufacturing Processes. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Scientific Committee of North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SEM.

Ozdoganlar has also been active in professional societies: he is a founder and past-president (2011-2012) of International Institution of Micro Manufacturing (I2M2), and he is a former chair of the ASME-MED manufacturing equipment technical committee. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi honor societies, SME/NAMRI, ASME, and ASEE. His recent awards and recognitions include the 2011 ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award; the SME 2007 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award; the 2006 NSF/CAREER award; the 2008 NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper award; and the Russell V. Trader Career Faculty Fellowship at CMU (2009-2011).

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1999 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1995 MS, Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University

1993 MS, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Ohio State University

1991 BS, Aeronautical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University

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Ozdoganlar quoted on vaccine patches

MechE’s Burak Ozdoganlar was quoted by Yahoo about needle-free vaccine technology.

CMU Engineering

Team builds tools, innovations to support federal investment

With major investments in infrastructure and innovation pending, a multi-disciplinary initiative lead by EPP’s Erica Fuchs is building the tools and innovations to inform government decisions.

National Academy of Engineering

Ozdoganlar’s microneedle array research featured in webinar

MechE’s Burak Ozdoganlar was featured as a webinar speaker and round-table discussion panelist hosted by the National Academy of Engineering. He shared his research on hybrid microneedle array systems and their potential for improving vaccine delivery.

Medical Plastics News

Ozdoganlar novel microneedle technology featured

A research project lead by MechE’s Burak Ozdoganlar was featured in Medical Plastics News, explaining how 3D printing microneedles could radically change world's response to vaccine distribution for the coronavirus.

Mechanical Engineering

Scalable manufacturing for novel, painless vaccine delivery

Collaborators are developing a novel approach to inoculation that addresses both immunological effectiveness and manufacturing efficiency.

CMU Engineering

Improving a vaccine delivery system for COVID and beyond

To impact COVID-19 vaccination in the developing world, collaborators develop and test a new hybrid microneedle array platform capable of delivering vaccines directly into the skin.


Wearable and Stretchable Electronic Devices

A PITA project has led to commercially viable, soft-matter printed electronics for wearable health monitoring.

Mechanical Engineering

At home with research

Despite the coronavirus shutdown, researchers and students were creative about continuing their work and joining the fight against COVID-19.

Mechanical Engineering

Ozdoganlar designs containment box

MechE’s Burak Ozdoganlar helped create a clear, acrylic containment box that significantly reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19 to medical workers.

Mechanical Engineering

A clear solution to protect healthcare workers

Carnegie Mellon University and Heritage Valley Health System team up to engineer protective boxes that shield healthcare workers against viral exposure during intubation procedures.

Protecting health care workers

Health care workers are particularly vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19 during intubation procedures when patients can expel a broad spray of infectious fluid. Burak Ozdoganlar, the Ver Planck Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and collaborators in the Heritage Valley Health System in Western Pennsylvania have a solution—a clear, acrylic containment box that significantly reduces the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

CMU Engineering

An alternative to the syringe

Carnegie Mellon University will provide microneedle drug delivery patches to support COVID-19 vaccination and treatment research.