Dr. Yildiz Bayazitoglu is H. S. Cameron Endowed professor of mechanical engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. She obtained the B. S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Middle East Technical University in 1967, and the M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1969 and 1974 respectively. She was a Barbour Fellow at the University of Michigan. During 1973-74, she was Assistant Professor at the Middle East Technical University and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Houston during 1975-76.
Professor Bayazitoglu has made contributions in radiation and convective heat transfer, phase-change heat transfer, thermophysical property determination, and solar collector design and analysis. Her current research interests include containerless processing of materials, high temperature thermophysical property determination, solution to radiative heat transfer problems, molecular dynamics studies for nano heat transfer, and microgravity heat transfer and fluid dynamics.
Professor Bayazitoglu has co-authored an undergraduate textbook on heat transfer which has also been translated into Korean. She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), member of the Society of Women Engineers(SWE) and the American Institude of Astronautics and Aeronaoutics(AIAA). She is the ASME Heat Transfer Division Liaison to Energy Sources Technology Conference & Exhibition. She was a member of the United States Scientific Committee for the 11th International Heat Transfer Conference at Seoul, Korea, 1988 and also a key note lecturer, and she is in the organizing committee member of several national and international conferences. She is a member of the Fundamentals of Heat Transfer Committee, and the was the chairman of the Awards and Honors committee of the Heat Transfer Division of the ASME in 1997-98 and, was a member of the Thermophysics Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for two terms. She is a reviewer of several journals and government research funding agencies in the areas of heat transfer, fluid flow, radiation, and energy, and was an associate technical editor of ASME Journal of Heat Transfer and a member of the editorial board of Journal of Materials Processing and Manufacturing Science.
She is the receipent of Society of Women Engineers 1997 Distinguished educator award.