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PhD Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University 2011
MS Aerospace Engineering, Istanbul Technical University 2007
BS Mechanical Engineering, Yildiz Technical University 2005

Dr. Sabuncu holds a Ph. D. in Aerospace Engineering from Old Dominion University. Dr. Sabuncu’s professional interests is thermo-fluids engineering including microfluidic applications. He is also interested in dielectric spectroscopy of cells and tissues since 2009. His research in engineering education focuses on development of online laboratory exercises and use of Internet of Things & artificial intelligence in engineering education. He is passionate about humanitarian projects that could solve the contemporary problems of the changing world. His research on teaching also includes implementation of Vygotsky cycle in engineering education and writing case studies for engineering students to visualize real-world engineering problems. He is a vivid supporter of learning with entrepreneurial mindset. Dr. Sabuncu is currently an Assistant Professor of Teaching in Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

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Scholarly Work

Professor Sabuncu's research focuses on microfluidics, AC electrokinetics, and dielectric spectroscopy.
  • Full list of publications in Google Scholar
  • Full list of publications in Scopus
  • Featured works:

    Han, J., Han, N., Abel, C., & Sabuncu, A. C. (2021). Toys with Wings: Creating Value through Collaborative Entrepreneurial Mindset Learning. Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange.

    Sabuncu, A. C., Muldur, S., Cetin, B., Usta, O. B., & Aubry, N. (2021). β-Dispersion of blood during sedimentation. Scientific Reports, 11(1), Article 1.

    Sabuncu, A. C., & Sullivan, J. M. (2020, June 22). A Project-based Online Experimentation Course. 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access.

    Professional Highlights & Honors
    Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, 2022
    WPI Morgan Teaching & Learning Center
    Schulze Publication Award, 2021
    Entrepreneurship & Innovation Exchange (EIX)
    Leadership Committee, 2021
    ASEE Northeast Conference
    Guest Editor, special issue "Dielectric Spectroscopy Sensors", 2021
    Morgan-Worcester Distinguished Instructorship Award, 2020
    WPI Morgan Teaching & Learning Center
    Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange (EIX)
    Toys with Wings: Creating Value through Collaborative Entrepreneurial Mindset Learning

    Ahmet Can Sabuncu, assistant teaching professor, Mechanical Engineering; and students Jonathan Han and Natalia Han were featured in this article. This discusses Toys with Wings, an emerging learning and teaching experience in a junior-level Mechanical Engineering course at WPI where students develop an entrepreneurial mindset by using the Vygotsky Cycle – a learning theory that uses social interaction to strengthen comprehension -- to complement the engineering design process.

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