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EXPERIENCES

 

You can see my main experiences which can be considered as related and lasted more than a month. You can also find the related links, social media accounts and documents in each division.

ABB
 
ABB (Estonia)

 

Global Product Owner, June 2022 - Current

Software Test Developer, April 2021 - Current

Software Test Engineering Trainee, June 2019 - September 2019 & November 2020 - March 2021

     ABB is a Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, operating mainly in robotics, power, heavy electrical equipment and automation technology areas in more than 100 countries. It is found with the 1988 merge of ASEA and BBC. The company is a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation. I was a part of Baltic section of the company, specifically Estonia and Finland.

     I had my first contact with ABB with their Masterclass given in Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) where I studied my M.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering. The classs was a series of courses given in a semester focused on various aspects of New Product Development and Implementation in Production. The program was prepared by Lauri Kuusisto, who was the Drives Center Manager in ABB Estonia.

     ABB Estonia has several areas of engineering and business together such as compact secondary substations (CSS), drives, motors and generators. Drives center is a part of Motion business. The products and work style is definitely on high standards with constant safety regulations. My department was included in the Engineering side of the process. Estonia part of the Drives is connected with Finland part.

     I started in ABB as a Software Test Engineering Trainee. The department I was in is called Software Engineering, which is directly attached to the same department in Finland. The team leader was Edgar Dubbelman for the department. Two teams were working in this department as Developers and Testers. My work was defined as Software Test Engineering. Even though the title is named as software, the work was done on both software and hardware due to the product development nature of the job. I worked with the Scale Agile Framework engineering team with SCRUM ideology as a trainee and helped several R&D tasks of product development for various drives. I was working on several firmware and analysis tasks regarding the future products. Also, in ABB, it does not matter if trainee or not, everyone works as a full time employee. I had a chance to study several new skills including C# programming and firmware testing with the actual source code of products.

     I also participated in the summer trainee challenge called EarCatcher. I worked as a manager for a very diverse team as well as an engineer in the project. The goal was to create something to be used in the career fairs that would attract people to ABB stand. Our idea was a drumset game which was built with several ABB products. The main goal was to have an interactive way to represent ABB services. We were able to prepare a prototype according to the design and present it to the steering committee.

     After a study break in Germany, I returned to Estonia, and I was able to get back into my position as the trainee in the same department. However, before the traineeship period was over, I was offered to position of Software Test Developer by the new team leader Claus Pener. I started as a full-time employee in the team in April 2021. Due to our fast developing area, it is always a must to keep learning new tools and skills on high standards, which makes the work here very attractive.

     By January 2022, we needed a new Product Owner for our team, and I was lucky to be chosen as the temporary PO. I supported the team and succeeded handling the technical management for more than one quarter. After that, I was able to get the position of Global Product Owner officially on June 2022. I am currently holding both positions in our team simultaneously.

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Santor Engineering (Turkey - France)

System Software Engineer

March 2018 - August 2018

 

     Santor Engineering is a joint company of Figes Engineering of Turkey and Sherpa Engineering of France. Figes Engineering is an engineering company with its specialized engineers in design, analysis and test; it provides turn-key project services in Defense, Aerospace and Automotive industries from concept design to prototype manufacturing. Figes is also the Turkish distributor of several global software companies including Mathworks and Ansys. Sherpa Engineering is a company specialized in tool development, modeling, simulation and control design based on the systematic use of generic models that remain the same during the system development process. Sherpa developed several software products for these goals including PhiSim and some predictive control tools. Santor was founded by the two CEOs Tarık Öğüt and Atilla Yazman in 2006. It was intended to work on research and development projects in various areas with experienced engineers from the beginning but it didn’t get the desired results at that time. The company went to sleep for almost a decade. It was 2017 when Figes and Sherpa decided that it’s time for Santor to start working again. The idea was to find good engineers with proper degrees and training related to the upcoming projects.

     I was accepted to first Electronics class of Research and Development Engineer Training Program by BuildUp Academy in 2017, right after I graduated from B. Sc. Electrical and Electronics Engineering and finished patenting my senior project. BuildUp Academy is a subcompany of Figes Engineering and we had several instructors from various companies including both Figes and Sherpa. Eventually, they decided to hire the first two engineers of Santor among the graduates of this program. I applied for the position by the help of Sherpa’s CEO, Atilla Yazman, who was our instructor on Bond Graph Theory. The interviews took three months to conclude. Our training in BuildUp Academy and my previous educations was already within the same path they were looking for in the candidates. Therefore, I got accepted by the Sherpa section of Santor in 2018. I was located in the Teknopark office of Figes because Santor is founded in Turkey. I became one of the two engineers that restarted Santor Engineering.

     My position was legally a Software engineer in Turkey but my work was generically System engineering. Eventually, I was an R&D engineer mostly working on automotive sector. My work on Santor was mainly focused on projects of Sherpa coming from one of the customers, PSA Groupe. As a French automotive company, Groupe PSA is the second largest car manufacturer in Europe and it includes brands like Peugeot, Citroen and Opel. My first project was about the quarterly modifications of the climatization systems of several vehicles including hybrid and electric vehicles. To be more specific; I updated, documented, tested, verified and validated AC control systems for vehicles with specific requirements each quarter. I was also responsible for the creation of a project management tool with specific requirements for PSA. This one was actually harder compared to the first project since we started from scratch. The projects mostly required advanced Matlab and Simulink skills which I learned during the R&D Training Program including Stateflow, Design Verifier, Code Generation etc. and new ones like Graphical User Interface or Application Designer. I was lucky enough to learn almost every aspect of the solutions during projects because I worked in the same office with the Matlab application engineers of Figes Engineering. The best part of working in Santor was the comfortable work ethics of the company which encourages learning new technical topics and improve your engineering skills. I worked with many great engineers and managers.

 
Hexagon Studio (Turkey)

Systems Engineering Intern

June 2016 - July 2016

 

     Hexagon Studio (Heksagon Mühendislik ve Tasarım A.Ş.) is a Research & Development company focused on automotive, marine and defense industries along with product development chain formed by the partnership of Kıraça Holding and Hexagon Consulting in 2006. Kıraça Holding was founded in 1998 as Kıraça Group of Companies by İnan Kıraç and Claude Nahum. It has lots of subsidiaries and affiliates such as Karsan Automotive, Karland Automotive, Kırpart Automotive Parts, Sirena Marine etc. which focuses on various areas included marine (production, sales and service), design-engineering and energy among its many others.

     I had extra duties than just observing and assisting to the engineers, little projects for the internship to help the company in a way I can. Even though my official supervisor was Mehmet Ali Gözüküçük, Electronic Integration & Software Engineering Team Leader, I spent significant amount of time working with Onur Serin, electrical systems design engineer and project leader of Jest which is the HEV that I spent most of my time during the internship. My projects were simply research that required almost basic electric knowledge. I made researches about various parts with specific features of the electric and hybrid vehicles they make and devices they intend to make. Of course I also learned many things from various documents such as Design Verification Plans, observed many jobs like electrical distribution system engineering and assisted many people in different tasks such as vehicle tests or updates including both software and hardware. I even had a training on Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) which included Boundary Diagram and P-Diagram sections and worked overtime a couple of times.

     The major benefit of this internship was about learning. But there are also my observations on how a real engineer works and I believe these made me sure about becoming an engineer in the future. You can download my detailed internship report I gave to my university from the button on left below the links of the companies I mentioned. Unfortunately I can't upload the files, images, examples or daily workout summary I mentioned in the report but I believe the tables and the links in the report are enough to comprehend the topic.

 
OzU 360 (Turkey)

Personnel

December 2013 - May 2016

 

     OzU 360 is the department of Özyeğin University that focuses on sectoral education and student development programs. It's main missions include bringing the student life accessible by everyone on social media, inform university members about the major events and lend assistance to organizers if needed. It is a branch of the Student Life Office of university and first of its kind among the Turkish universities. 

     I started working in the OzU 360 as a photographer and became the Student Clubs Responsible. Although my main duty remains same as an event photographer I am assisting the department in various ways if it's needed. I worked in orientations, graduations, festivals etc. and assisted almost a hundred events as photographer and organizer. Working here helped me in various ways including meeting very successful people, having a place among the university and learning about how several jobs can be done by one unit. If I had to summarize my experience in OzU 360 in one word it would be hardworking. I was working here sixty hours a month without a significant schedule. You can find the related links on the left.

 

 
InfoTron+ (Turkey)

Application Engineering Intern

June 2014 - July 2014

 

     Infotron is a company based on Turkey offers solutions in different ways mostly in 3D technologies in various areas like 3D Production Systems, Product Lifecycle Management, Building Information Modeling, Virtual Reality Systems, Simulation technologies etc. The major global partner of the company is Stratasys, the leader of 3D printing in the world. It founded +90, one of the major companies on rapid prototyping in the world with the partnership of Hexagon Group. +90 have Voxeljet Technologies as a global partner along with Stratasys and InfoTron. InfoTron is working with Optomec and SLM Solutions in the 3D printing area and activated a website where you can find the details about their work named Prototip after my internship. KaTron is established by InfoTron and it's majority shares are currently belongs to the Koç Group, the largest conglomerate of Turkey. You can find more information about every group or company in their own website with the links in the left column.

     My internship at InfoTron is one of the most valuable experiences I ever had. I can easily say that it is the main reason of my interest on the 3D technologies. I had very little knowledge about how far these technologies could go when I started the internship. I won't explain the details of the technologies but if you are interested you can check the 3D division of the TECHNOLOGY section above or visit the websites of the companies. I particularly recommend the Prototip of InfoTron for understanding the differences of the 3D printing technology. That website was still under construction when I was an intern at the company and one of my duties was to help the explaining parts and sometimes translate documents from English to Turkish. Of course as an intern I did lots of translation due to my high level English and the need of Turkish informative articles for local customers. I studied every translation I did and learned about the case studies of some companies used 3D printers for the job. I even translated some user manuals and articles for different types of rapid prototyping for Technical Application Guide. I was able to use any 3D printer and by the time my intern is over. I can easily say that I am an advanced level 3D printing engineer. To complete my internship successfully I needed to come up with a solution or do my own work in the area of 3D printing, so I made two geometric shapes that are complicated enough to prove the success of additive manufacturing technology and impress the potential customers. Of course InfoTron deserves the credits for this, Korhan Ondoğan was specially needs to be mentioned here as my mentor application engineer of 3D printing systems. But this was not the only area I learned in my internship. I was lucky to observe more than one area of 3D technologies because of the combined structure of the company building in the industrial area. I wasn't able to be in touch with the sales department but other than that I worked with almost every unit even it was very little when you compare it to the 3D printing technologies. 3D scanning3D simulation and virtual reality technologies are coming on top of these.

     The internship at InfoTron was not only about improving technical knowledge about certain technologies. I understood the functioning of a professional company, observed the business environment and learned about the protocols on many subjects including confidentiality and prototype information. I met everyone from janitor to CEO and was successful to gain their trust. I believe it was a very inspiring and helpful internship for my career even if I won't work in the same area. You can download my detailed internship report I gave to my university from the button on left below the links of the companies I mentioned. Unfortunately I can't upload the .stl files, images, videos, example setups or daily workout summary I mentioned in the report but I believe the pictures in the report are enough to comprehend the topic.

 

 
Clubs (Turkey)

Management and membership

September 2012 - May 2017

 

     Clubs are an important part of both social and technical life in university. Even though there is almost nothing academic about them, their contributions are not any less than the courses in different ways. I was a common club member for most of the clubs I worked for a very short amount of time. I worked in the supervisory and advisory boards but mostly I was in the board of management. I can't possibly explain my duties for each club or event but I want to mention three major clubs I worked in different stages; Cinema Club (CineOzU), Technology and Robotics Club and OzU IEEE. You can find the social media buttons and the websites (if there is any) on the left side.

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     CineOzU was the first club I enrolled when I started the university. I was already interested in cinema as a hobby which you can learn more about in the HOBBIES section. After I became a member I got involved in many projects that never finished. I was a hardworking member of the club and after one year I got into the management board. The club had it's advantages like being one of the first clubs of university or most of the major managers were very understanding and capable of many things. We created a couple of teams in the club and planned at least one event almost every week including movie screenings, interviews and festivals. I had many eperiences as a manager both in good and bad ways but it was mostly successful even there were some challenging and draining moments. Nevertheless it was a binding year for our team and we reaped the fruits of all the struggles we've been through. Next year I became the president of the club and made some arrangements about the hierarchy of the club and renewed the club policy. According to the new rules there must be three boards (management, advisory, supervisory) and seven teams. Six of the team leaders and some members of the other boards were my teammates from early years. This was my most successful achievement as a manager with a team at the moment and I was very proud. As you can imagine we all became really good friends later even some of our ideas wouldn't collide in the same path. After the year I managed the club it became the most successful and biggest club in the university. I believe that I can say CineOzU helped me gain all of my management skills almost by itself. I currently work in the advisory board where old presidents gather when the club needs any help.

     Technology and Robotics Club was one of the reasons for choosing the Özyeğin as my university. As you can guess from the name of the club it was built to make technical projects and educate tomorrow's engineers in various technological ways. I worked in this club as a member and later I did a very short term in the management before I got in to the supervisory board. This club was not restricted with the university; it was attending and gathering successes all around the country with robotics projects. Unfortunately my contributions to this club were limited because of my lack of technical knowledge at that time but I participated and helped most of the educations, forums and workshops. Of course there were some unfinished projects or events I wasn't included but I believe I pushed the limits of what I can learn from this club.

     IEEE is the biggest and most rewarded engineering society of our time. It is working with regions and Turkey is in the Region 8. Every proper university with a proper engineering faculty have an IEEE club. This global association is the network of engineering professors and students around the world. When I got in the university Özyeğin had an IEEE club but it was inactive. Our most withstanding electrics and electronics professors and even our vice rector was a part of IEEE Global. In my sophomore year I learned about this situation. We gathered a couple of my people from Technology and Robotics Club, Sabancı University Summer School (started Özyeğin University in college) and some people from my classes to activate the club. After almost one year of work the OzU IEEE club became an active club and me and my friends became the management because we were the only ones capable of. IEEE is both a technical and social society and we wanted to make our club acceptable for global level. Next year I was the vice president of the club and we became one of the most known and popular IEEE club among IEEE Turkey Branch within the semester. Even though we had our problems and had some casualties we successfully gained our place and even accomplished to become the host in the fourth Marmara Region Conferences in 2015 spring with the participation of more than fifteen IEEE branches. You can check IEEE part of the TECHNOLOGY section for more information.

 

 
Non-Governmental Organizations (Turkey - Estonia - Germany)

Volunteer

 

     A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level. NGOs are often the most effective voices for the concerns of ordinary people in the international arena. They include the most outspoken advocates of human rights, the environment, social programs, women's rights and more. I was interested about the environmental NGOs because I believe that as an engineer my most possible damage to the world would be pollution because the technology helps vandalizing our planet in wrong hands. I was a volunteer at two environmental NGOs; TEMA and TURMEPA.

     The TEMA Foundation (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats) has missions like increasing awareness of environmental problems, promoting protection of natural habitats and developing models for action to combat soil erosion in impoverished rural areas of Turkey. It is Turkey’s largest and leading environmental NGO.

     DenizTemiz Association/ TURMEPA is a civil society movement. It's mission is to contribute to the preservation of seas and coasts as a national priority and to create a country that has reached sustainable development goals for future generations.

     My duty was simple in both TEMA and TURMEPA. I helped them in any way I can. I helped to improve their filing systems, organized the donation forms, took photos for an event's advertising and website design etc. I believe every person should work as volunteer in a NGO at least one time in their life. It helps you to see how hard to correct a wrong, even if it's not your fault or doesn't affect you at all.

     During my years as a graduate student on Estonia and Germany I participated in several non-profit organizations. The most important one is Erasmus Student Network, or ESN for short. It is a non-profit international student organisation with the mission of representing international students, thus providing opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students. I am actively helping the Estonia, Tallinn and TalTech IC sections. I also participated in AEGEE (Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l'Europe or simply European Students' Forum in English) in Aachen shortly while I was studying there. It is the largest transnational, interdisciplinary student organization in Europe.

     Even though it is more for professional reasons on engineering aspects, IEEE is also an organization I worked as a volunteer. I had much more work on this one than the others and I am still a part of it on several levels as a member, which you can read more about in the IEEE section of ENGINEERING page.

 

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