Kerem Pekkan

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Kerem Pekkan (2016-06-21)


Dr. Kerem Pekkan studies biological fluid dynamics and biomechanics, specifically pediatric cardiovascular engineering and embryonic cardiovascular development. Kerem Pekkan received his PhD at the Middle East Technical University, Turkiye in 2000, focusing on Cartesian Grid computational fluid dynamics for moving/reactive interfaces and worked in aerospace industry for 5 years at an active R&D unit. Through his post-doctoral studies at Purdue -Innovative Propulsion Systems Laboratory, together with NASA-Glenn, he developed experimental and computational models of unsteady gas-turbine systems. In parallel, he initiated seed projects on cellular level in vitro chondrocyte fluid mechanics. At Georgia Institute of Technology School of Biomedical Engineering, Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics Laboratory he completed a second post-doctoral study before his promotion to Research Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech. He completed computational and experimental research studies in complex cardiovascular flow regimes and devices. His work at Georgia Tech contributed to the physiological understanding of pediatric cardiovascular surgeries, with his articles appearing on the covers of top clinical and engineering journals, including two articles in Circulation. In 2006, he received a young investigator award honoring Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Reul of Helmholtz Institute. At Carnegie Mellon University, as an associate professor, he established a new research field called embryonic cardiovascular mechanics. He published extensively on fetal/pediatric hemodynamics, cardiovascular optimization, neonatal cardiopulmonary by-pass, caval flow regulation, cardiovascular biomimetics, micro-velocimetry, cilia mechanics and flagellar propulsion, over 80 peer-reviewed publications and four US patents. His research is sponsored through prestigious awards of American Heart Association, National Science Foundation CAREER program, PITA, Dowd foundation and recently through the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant, FP7-CIG, and European Molecular Biology (EMBO). The courses he has taught include Introduction to Biomechanics, Biological Fluid Dynamics, Cardiovascular Mechanics, Professional Issues in Biomedical Engineering, Biomimetic Engineering Analysis and Design and Finite Element Analysis.
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