Melik Demirel

Melik Demirel
  • Pearce Development Professor
  • Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
205A Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
(814) 863-2270


Prof. Dr. Melik Demirel holds a tenured professor position in engineering at Penn State, and has a decade of experience in biosensors and nanomaterials. Prof. Demirel’s achievements have been recognized, in part, through his receipt of a Young Investigator Award, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, an Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter Junior Fellowship, the Pearce Development Professorship at Penn State, a Boeing Distinguished Speaker Award. Prof. Demirel received his Ph.D. from Carnegine Mellon University and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Bogazici University.

Academic Training

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Bogazici University
M.S. in Civil Engineering, Bogazici University
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


Our research focuses on theory-driven functional biomimetic materials synthesis and fabrication for designing novel engineering materials. Describing the behavior of biomimetic materials is a new and exciting area of physics and materials science that requires new experimental and computational tools. In particular, the study of physicochemical properties, i.e. mechanical, electrical, optical properties, is of great interest to produce next generation materials for an array of fields including energy, biomedicine and security/defense.