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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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SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being

SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

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Scholarly Work

Professor Sabuncu's research focuses on microfluidics, AC electrokinetics, and dielectric spectroscopy.

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.