Dr. Soylu was born in 1968, in Kayseri, Turkey. After receiving his B.S. degree from Gazi University in 1988, he worked as Internal Combustion Engine Instructor for the Ministry of National Education and National Defense in Turkey until 1994. Then, he went to Iowa State University, U.S.A. for his M.S. and Ph.D education in Mechanical Engineering under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jon Van Gerpen. His M.S. and Ph.D. research works focused on alternative fuels (natural gas and bio-diesel) for internal combustion engines, emission measurement, thermodynamic engine modeling and autoignition modeling that were supported by John Deere Product Engineering Center, and many other Industrial and State organizations in the US. Through end of his Ph.D. study, Dr. Soylu worked for Caterpillar Inc. as an Analytical Engineer in Peoria, IL for the development of the advanced diesel engines from 2000 to 2001. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in 2001, Dr. Soylu joined to Sakarya University, Turkey as an Assistant Professor.
His research works at Sakarya University centered on the development of environmentally friendly road transport vehicles by means of improving the efficiency and reducing emissions. He performed research specifically on alternative fuels (natural gas, bio-diesel, bio-gas, and hydrogen) and advance engine/vehicle technologies. The courses that he taught were mainly thermal science courses which were Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Air Pollution and Control.
As Dr. Soylu was selected as independent expert by European Commission in the field of Energy and Transport in 2003, he started evaluating and reviewing the FP6 and FP7 projects on behalf of the European Commission. Then Dr. Soylu moved to Italy to work as a Senior/Visiting Scientist in the Joint Research Center of European Commission for a year from November 2004 to November 2005 to provide technical and scientific support to the European Commission for their legislative works. His work, in the Joint Research Center, focused on fuels and additives for internal combustion engines, portable emission measurement systems, and small engines.
After returning to Sakarya University, he clearly indicated his vision and leadership qualities as he coordinated a collaborative research project, that is Sakarya Air Quality Protection and Improvement (SAHAKK-I), with partners from Industry, Sakarya Municipality and Sakarya Governorship to solve real world Transport and Air Pollution problems of Sakarya. The overall goal of SAHAKK-I research project was to provide technical and scientific support to the policymakers and relevant stakeholders for sustainable development. After that he became an Associate Professor of Sakarya University and his scientific and leadership qualities were further strengthened as he coordinated the Hybrid City Bus project in which the first Hybrid City Bus of Turkey was developed and tested under real world urban driving conditions. During this period, he has supervised many graduate students, all of whom have completed their M.S. degrees, and produced several peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Soylu was promoted to full professor and department head position at Bilecik S. Edebali University in 2015. He had been appointed various administrative duties such as Department Head, Member of Faculty Administration Committee and Member University Administration Committee. His research in Bilecik S. Edebali University mostly focused on multidisciplinary research projects which focus on the development of particle filters for Internal Combustion Engines. Starting from spring 2020 semester, he has been a faculty of Kocaeli University. He is currently a teaching thermal science courses and performing research on mainly IC Engines and Hybrid Vehicles.
As a result, Dr. Soylu has the expertise, leadership, training, and motivation necessary to successfully carry out energy and automotive related research projects and teach thermal science courses. He has a broad background in mechanical engineering, with specific training and expertise in thermal science and automotive engineering.