Gokcin Cinar

Gökçin Çınar

Assistant Professor


François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building

1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140



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Gökçin Çınar (pronounced gok-chin chin-r ) is an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. She is the Principal Investigator of Integrated Design of Environmentally-friendly Aerospace Systems (IDEAS) Lab. Her research interests include aerospace systems design, integration, and optimization with a special focus on electrified aircraft concepts and sustainable aviation. In her research, she utilizes model-based engineering along with probabilistic and statistical methods to analyze, understand and design the complex system behavior of an aerospace vehicle.

Prof. Çınar is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She serves as the Publications and Policy Chair of AIAA’s Electrified Aircraft Technical Committee. She is also an active member of the Organizing Committee for the AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS).

Prior to her appointment at the University of Michigan, Prof. Çınar worked as a Research Engineer Aerospace Systems Design Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, she has contributed to various research projects funded by the government and industry on future aircraft technologies, sustainable aviation concepts, electrified propulsion system architectures, and model-based systems engineering. As part of her doctoral work, she developed the parametric, physics-based aircraft sizing and synthesis software called “Electrified Propulsion Architecture Sizing and Synthesis (E-PASS)”. E-PASS enables conceptual design and performance evaluation of advanced aircraft concepts with any type of propulsion architecture, including non-electrified systems. E-PASS has been used in various research projects funded by the government and industry, such as NASA, AFRL, and Boeing.


  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, 2018
    • MS in Aerospace Engineering, 2015
  • Middle East Technical University
    • B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, 2012

Research Interests

  • Aerospace systems design, integration, optimization
  • Sustainable aviation
  • Probabilistic design, surrogate modeling, machine learning
  • Systems engineering

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  • 29th Annual AHS Student Design Competition Winner Award, Georgia Institute of Technology / Middle East Technical University Team.