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Professor Mehmet Necip Sahinkaya

Head of School


M. Necip Sahinkaya is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He received his doctorate in 1979 (University of Sussex). Following periods at the Universities of Sussex, Strathclyde and Bath, he moved to industry in 1988. He rejoined the University of Bath in 2000 as a Reader in Mechanical Engineering, and then moved to Kingston University London in 2013 as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is Fellow of IMechE and Editor-in-Chief for the IMechE Proceedings Part I. He was Chair of the Organising Committee for the UKACC Control 2004 conference. He has experience in developing interdisciplinary research and teaching activities. His research involves collaborative projects as well as individual research activity. He has made seminal contributions to the study of machine systems and pioneered an open-loop adaptive control technique using magnetic bearings to control vibrations in rotating machines. His research in the dynamics and control of complex non-linear mechatronic systems has been recognised through prizes and awards. He is a member of the ISO TC108/SC2/WG7 Committee on Vibration of Active Magnetic Bearing Equipped Rotating Machinery. His research has been supported by various grants from Research Councils and industry. He has published over 120 journal and conference papers

Areas of specialism

  • Robotics and high speed mechanisms
  • Parallel manipulators
  • Inverse dynamics
  • Input Shaping
  • Rotor dynamics
  • Magnetic bearings
  • Contact dynamics
  • Vibration control


  • 1989 Docent (Associate Professor), Bosphorous University, Turkey
  • 1979 DPhil, University of Sussex, UK
  • 1976 MSc, University of Sussex, UK
  • 1974 MEng, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Professional membership

  • Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Enginners (FIMechE), 80031927
  • Member, Turkish Chamber of Mechanical Engineers (TMMOB), 1019



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