Semih Akin


Dr. Semih Akin joined the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Spring 2024. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2022, where he also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow before joining RPI. Dr. Akin’s cross-disciplinary research focuses on surface engineering and advanced multi-scale manufacturing. His research has practical applications across various domains, encompassing 3D-printed electronics, smart films, electronic textiles, energy devices, and self-powered sensors.

Education & Training

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2022



The research activities conducted by Dr. Akin's group (SEMI Lab) are centered on three major thrusts:

  1. Fundamental science on surface-matter interactions
  2. Manufacturing science for developing robust/resilient manufacturing processes 
  3. Manufacturing innovation for next-generation energy, environmental, aerospace, and defense applications. 
Primary Research Focus
Surface engineering, Multi-scale additive manufacturing, Printed electronics, Smart films, Electronic textiles, Energy devices
Other Focus Areas

Multi-material additive manufacturing, Sustainable repairing, Smart structures, Self-powered sensors, In-space manufacturing


Office Hours

Tuesdays 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Current Courses

ENGR 2050: Introduction to Engineering Design


Awards & Honors
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, Purdue University, CoE, 2023
  • Italian Packaging Technology Award, Italian Trade Agency, 2023
  • Ward A. Lambert Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Purdue University, 2022
  • Graduate Teaching Award, Purdue University, CoE, 2022
  • Frontispiece cover article,  Advanced Materials, 2022
  • Editor’s choice article,  Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 2021
  • Best paper award, World Congress on Micro and Nano Manufacturing (WCMNM), 2021


The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Semih Akin has 24 indexed publications in the subjects of Engineering, Materials Science, Physics and Astronomy.

Jeong Hwa Kim, Semih Akin, Yujin Lee, Martin B.G. Jun, Yong Jun Yoon, Young Hun Jeong
Journal of the Korean Society for Precision Engineering
, 41
, 2024
, pp.287-293
Jung Ting Tsai, Semih Akin, David F. Bahr, Martin Byung Guk Jun
Surface and Coatings Technology
, 483
, 2024
Semih Akin, Sungdo Kim, Chul Ki Song, Sang Yong Nam, Martin Byung Guk Jun
, 15
, 2024
Theodore Gabor, Semih Akin, Martin Byung Guk Jun
Journal of Manufacturing Processes
, 114
, 2024
, pp.232-246
Duygu Gazioglu Ruzgar, Semih Akin, Seungjun Lee, Julia Walsh, Hyowon Hugh Lee, Young Hun Jeong, Yongho Jeon, Seung Yub Baek, Martin Byung Guk Jun
International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing - Green Technology
, 2024
Taehoo Chang, Semih Akin, Seungse Cho, Junsang Lee, Seul Ah Lee, Taewoong Park, Seokkyoon Hong, Tianhao Yu, Yuhyun Ji, Jonghun Yi, Sunland L. Gong, Dong Rip Kim, Young L. Kim, Martin Byung Guk Jun, Chi Hwan Lee
ACS Nano
, 17
, 2023
, pp.22733-22743
Semih Akin, Chandra Nath, Martin Byung Guk Jun
ACS Applied Electronic Materials
, 5
, 2023
, pp.5164-5175
Semih Akin, Young Won Kim, Shujia Xu, Chandra Nath, Wenzhuo Wu, Martin Byung Guk Jun
Journal of Manufacturing Processes
, 100
, 2023
, pp.27-33
Semih Akin, Seunghwan Jo, Martin Byung Guk Jun
Journal of Manufacturing Processes
, 86
, 2023
, pp.98-108
J. Lee, S. Akin, J. R. Walsh, M. B.G. Jun, H. Lee, Y. C. Shin
Progress in Additive Manufacturing
, 2023

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