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Dr. Karabasoglu works at MIT as a postdoctoral research associate in MIT Mechatronics Research Laboratory. Prior to joining MIT, he worked at CMU Vehicle Electrification Research Group and Design Decisions Laboratory. He is a member of IEEE, ASME, AIAA, SAE and INFORMS organizations.

Dr. Orkun Karabasoglu works at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechatronics Research Laboratory with Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi and Prof. Amro M. Farid on smart grid and energy storage systems. He earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) under the guidance of Prof. Jeremy J. Michalek. His dissertation committee members are Prof. Chris Atkeson (Robotics Institute), Prof. Illah Nourbakhsh (Robotics Institute) and Prof. John Cagan (Mechanical Engineering) of CMU.

Dr. Karabasoglu develops innovative approaches, theory, computational tools and mechatronic devices at the intersection of design optimization, intelligent control and machine learning with applications on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and smart grids. Dr. Karabasoglu`s work at CMU was featured in national (USA) and international news. You can find more about his work here:

Media Coverage: Bloomberg, Reuters, Fox42 News, Green Car Congress, Environmental Leader, The Wall Street Journal, EV World and etc.

Top News: Hiring PhD students & postdocs to study at Carnegie Mellon University & Sun Yat-sen University as a part of SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering. Students will receive double degrees. Scholarships are available for outstanding candidates. Also looking for enrolled CMU and SYSU MS students to work on various projects. Contact


  1. Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, USA

  2. Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (pending), SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering

  3. Director of Intelligent Energy Systems Laboratory at SYSU & CMU (pending)


  1. PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2013, Carnegie Mellon University, US

  2. MS, Mechanical Engineering, 2013, Carnegie Mellon University, US

  3. MS, Mechatronics Engineering, 2008, Sabanci University, Turkey

  4. BS, Mechatronics Engineering, 2006, Bochum FH, Germany

  5. BS, Mechatronics Engineering, 2006, Kocaeli University, Turkey


  1. Optimal design and control of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

  2. Smart grid & renewable energy integration.

  3. Control systems and machine learning for energy systems

  4. Supercapacitor-battery systems control optimization

  5. Design automation (optimal design of mechatronic, electromagnetic and biomedical systems)


  1. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Engineering, Cambridge, MA.

  2. Research and Teaching Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, 2008-2013  Funds: NSF, Ford and Toyota.

  3. Research and Teaching Assistant, Sabanci University, Turkey, 2006-2008. Funds: European Union 6th Framework Program Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant.

  4. Altinay Robot Technologies, Intern, Istanbul, Turkey, 2004

Besides being an academician, Dr. Karabasoglu is also a skydiver. He organizes skydiving and networking events in Pittsburgh, USA, where hundreds of people attend and jump out of an airplane to experience the ultimate human flight.

Plug-in hybrid Electric Vehicle

MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Engineering, Cambridge, Boston.

CMU - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania .

Electrical Vehicle Research at CMU

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