English CV

Hüseyin  Özkal Özsoy



Date of Birth: 13th Nov 1969

Place of Birth: Istanbul

Nationality: T.C.

Marital Status: Married

Languages. English (Fluent), Italian, Spanish, Turkish (Native)

Work Experience.

2010 – .. Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts

Assistant Prof. at the Industrial Design department,

Technical Consultant at the Industrial Design Research Center (ETAM).

2009 – 2010 Haliç University

Assistant Prof. at the Industrial Design department

2008 – 2009 Enlite Solar Lighting

Solar Powered Lighting Products designer

2007- 2008 Yönbil A.Ş.

Working as a design engineer and industrial designer, I was responsible for the industrial design of Yonbil’s vehicle tracking product and its mounting accessories. I was also giving support to the electronics design team for circuitry, embedded software, and PCB design of the product. I’ve worked on writing code library for mp3 player and SD card reader of the product and did the audio-visual user interface design as well as wrote necessary C library codes for implementation.

The product case and its support designed by me.


2006-2006 Canensol Alternative Energies

The company was designing SOLAR powered lighting systems. I’ve worked on designing solar lighting products, a modular charge controller design as well as microprocessor-based LED drivers etc. Later I’ve continued working on developing solar systems myself for several years, developing a range of outdoor lighting products.

2005-2005 Vestel Defence Industries

Worked as a design engineer in Turkish national war-ship project (MILGEM) as well as on project GENESIS which was about modernisation of old navy vessels. I’ve worked for designing emergency control console in the war control center and took part in the team that was designing war control centre itself.

1993-2003 Kontel A.Ş. Istanbul

Worked as product designer, circuit designer, human-machine interface designer, embedded microcontroller programmer etc. Designed many industrial products, built their prototypes, written their firmware in assembly language and C, ran products, did all testing, and later assisted & controlled their production in the following years.

I also did PCB & system design for many electronic control cards for various industrial measurement and control applications. I’ve designed panel type measurement devices of many kinds and variations; Ampere meters, voltmeters, tachometers, thermometers, frequency meters etc. I also worked on designing brochures, handbooks, documents for all the products of the company as well as their fair stand design and company website design.

1993-1993 Tolkun Elektronik Istanbul

Worked as researcher-engineer for several months as my first ever job.

1987 Eltek A.Ş. Istanbul

Honeywell-Bull information Systems

Student Apprentice

1986 Bilkom A.Ş. Istanbul

Apple Computer Inc. Turkey Representative

Student Apprentice


2003 – 2009 Mimar Sinan University,

Industrial Design Department

Ph.D. (Thesis subject “Metaphors and their methodical use in industrial product design”)


1996-2000 Mimar Sinan University,

Industrial Design Department M.Sc.

Graduation Thesis – Research with a survey: “The role of industrial design on factors like quality, market share etc. for small and middle-sized companies of the electronics industry of Turkey.”

1995-1996 Mimar Sinan University,

Industrial Design Department, I took preparation lectures from ID for a year before starting actual industrial design masters course.

1994-1996 Boğaziçi University,

Electrics-Electronics Engineering Department, Robotics M.Sc.

Graduation Thesis – Applied: “Design and construction of a multi processor mobile robot platform with ultrasonic obstacle detection for developing navigation algorithms.”

1988-1993 Istanbul Technical University,

Electronics & Communications Engineering Department, B.Sc.

Graduation Thesis – Applied: “A remote control system based upon data transfer over standard two wire medium of Turkish telecom telephone system.”

1983-1988 Istanbul Maçka Anatolian Technical High School, Computer Department.

Graduation Thesis – Applied: “Construction of a Hi-Fi sound amplifier system”

Teaching experience.

In Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, I gave lectures listed below:

ETB 203 – Structures in design

ETB 237 – Machines and Mechanisms

ETB 435 – Production oriented CAD by using Solidworks 1

ETB 436 – Simulation oriented CAD by using Solidworks 2

ETB 341 – Electromechanics

ETB 342 – Intelligent Product Design

I’m also attending the product design studio as an engineering advisor to the students.

ENT 670 – Software Management in Industrial Products ( Graduate MSGSU 2010-..)

– Technical Drawing ( Haliç University 2009 )

Academic Research.


This research is based on study being made at the Industrial Design Department of our university and covers the insights, methods, and results of the study in which selected subjects of engineering are used in education. The research is tested in several courses which are made in a classroom-workshop environment and cover subjects ranging from designing parts, assemblies, product interiors and 3D modeling to electro-mechanic product design including product software and hardware in which students work on selected electro-mechanic systems and use them in their product designs. This study is aiming to develop a new interdisciplinary system for industrial design education to enable students to gain experience about the structure and technologies inside modern products. The results of the article are aimed to show the interest level of the students to this kind of inter disciplinary studies and overall success of the lectures.




The aim of this study is to improve the success and efficiency of the design concept evaluation and selection activity in industrial design by adapting two specialized evaluation-selection methods to the design process and comparatively demonstrating their use. The methods are called the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and the Analytic Network Process (ANP). In their application, first the main design objective is decided upon, and the evaluation criteria are determined accordingly, followed by the listing of the design concept alternatives. Then the criteria’s importance values as well as relations between them are investigated and evaluation of the alternatives is done according to the criteria by using the tools provided by the methods. The application presented in the article evaluates seven hand cart designs by using the two methods. First the tasks that are common in both methods, then the tasks specific to each method are explained. The general criteria to be used in the evaluation are identified and the effects of these criteria on the evaluation process are determined through interviews with designers and users participating in the study. Then the relative performance rankings of the available seven hand cart alternatives are calculated by using both methods. Numerical results are listed in a descending order to show the success levels of the design concepts, pointing to the one that received the highest overall performance. The findings obtained from two methods are comparatively interpreted.

This study is accepted for publication by the Middle East Technical University, journal of the faculty of architecture.


In this study, Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) which had been used for evaluation and selection in numerous theoretic and practical fields that range from academic to industrial and which we also believe to be suitable for applications of industrial design is investigated. The use of the method will be described in detail and then will be demonstrated on an application in which 3D modeling programs are comparatively evaluated according to criteria derived from the industrial design field.

This study is prepared as an article and submitted to a journal, now in refereeing stage.


This study is about the analytic hierarchy process and parallel prototype concepts used in many theoretical and applied fields and their adaptation to the industrial product design process. Firstly the prototype concept is introduced, followed by AHP. The PROMETHEE method, which is included in the study as an additional validation method, is also briefly discussed and then a field study in which product designs are evaluated is presented. Of the various portable lighting product designs previously made, 3 have been selected for use in field study. In order to produce working proto types of these, designs are modeled on the computer and detailed interior and exterior planning is done in order to be able to produce and use body parts. Body parts are manufactured in 3D printer and electronic circuits designed for them are mounted. The prototypes obtained were evaluated in interviews with 10 designers participating in the study according to the criteria selected and their opinions were saved as research data. This data was then evaluated using the AHP method and re-evaluated by using the PROMETHEE method for verification purposes. As a result of this process, the performances of the designs according to the selected criteria were calculated numerically and the design which will have the highest chance of success in the market was determined. It has been shown that the design evaluations can be made more objective and the accuracy of given decisions can be increased by adapting these tools to decision making and evaluation processes in industrial design. This, in turn, will have a positive impact on overall design quality.

This study is prepared as an article and submitted to a journal, now in refereeing stage.


This study aims to introduce two evaluation methods into industrial design by using a case study in which several personal transportation vehicle designs are evaluated. The methods are the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Analytical Network Process (ANP). For their application, first the evaluation criteria are determined, their interior relations are investigated and then the alternatives are listed. The evaluation is done according to the criteria by using method specific tools. Interviews are done with participating designers to gather data. The performance rankings of the five vehicle alternatives are obtained. Results are listed descending from high to low, showing the success levels of the designs, pointing to the best one. Finally, the findings obtained from two methods are explained comparatively.

This study is prepared as an article and submitted to a journal, now in refereeing stage.


The aim of this study is to determine the skills possessed by Turkish industrial designers and the skills sought by the Turkish industrial design employers, drawing attention to the differences in between. The work was carried out within a project supported by the European Union.

The research started with an analysis of the related studies in literature. Firstly, studies on employee skills and employer expectations are investigated. Then studies investigating industrial design in Turkey are examined, starting from the historical backgrounds towards the current situation, including academic research, designer identity issues and relations with Turkish industry and employee expectations. Lastly studies using factor analysis as a method are investigated. Articles found to be beneficial for our study are classified, listed and their contents summarized at the literature review section.

After studying various data gathering tools, survey method is chosen for use and sample companies representing Turkish industrial design sector are carefully selected to take part in the study. A list of general industrial design skills and two guide directives are prepared and used in the surveys with company representatives to accumulate data. The obtained data is processed by descriptive and confirmatory factor analysis methods.

As a result of the process, Turkish industrial designer skills and the skills sought by their employers are determined and presented in tables under five separate factors for easy interpretation. In the discussion section, insights about skills under each factor are given and possible implications of having or not having those skills are pointed out. It is intended to help the readers from industrial design education, profession, and employment to make improvements in their fields and eventually lead to improvements in Turkish design quality.

This study is prepared as an article and submitted to a journal, now in refereeing stage.

Symposium Presentations.

Multidisciplinary Approaches in Industrial Design Education, Presented at the symposium of 40 years in industry, education & design, 7-8-9 December 2011, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

Industrial Design Inside-Out a multidisciplinary Approach, Presented at the International Conference on Learning Innovation in Science and Technology (ICLIST2012) 29  February -2 March 2012, Phuket, Thailand

Computer Experience.

I’m quite good at using computers and use them as a versatile tool for design.  Here are some of the programs I use on expert level.

Solidworks for 3d modeling, Adobe Photoshop, Proteus ISIS and ARES for electronics-electromechanics design, CCS C compiler for embedded software development for intelligent products.

Web Related:

I’ve built several websites which use content management systems like phpnuke.

So, I’ve some experience on dynamic HTML scripts, java scripts, PHP language,

Mysql databases, Apache web server, Various FTP programs,

Some Web Addresses About my Previous Work.

My personal website: www.ozkalozsoy.com
This is a presentation about the lectures I give in my university https://prezi.com/q07suqmpdz1k/design-inside-out/
Thingiverse.com designs https://www.thingiverse.com/hobbyman/designs
Instructables profile https://www.instructables.com/member/hobbyman/instructables/
Industrial Designgineering work as a Facebook album https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.34940180747.48229.701145747&type=3
Electro mechanics related works,Product interiors, prototypes etc. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150239465965748.318380.701145747&type=3
3D printing related works3d printed products and accesories https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151895700965748.1073741828.701145747&type=3
Electric vehicle design https://www.facebook.com/ozkal.ozsoy/media_set?set=a.10153466447245748.1073741840.701145747&type=3
Retro electric vehicle platform design project https://www.facebook.com/ozkal.ozsoy/media_set?set=a.10155769771365748&type=3&fb_dtsg_ag=AdylO46C1VRtpQvhgkBv4hyRBA5bEutY1s3nj69cqfK4aA%3AAdzRzzDwmz1YNx1daxuTDUcFKHlLNasPzEqe9sHtLbtpnQ
Design project for electric conversion of Strida folding bikes. https://www.facebook.com/ozkal.ozsoy/media_set?set=a.10155765466640748&type=3&fb_dtsg_ag=AdylO46C1VRtpQvhgkBv4hyRBA5bEutY1s3nj69cqfK4aA%3AAdzRzzDwmz1YNx1daxuTDUcFKHlLNasPzEqe9sHtLbtpnQ
Retro electric motorbike and conversion project. https://www.facebook.com/ozkal.ozsoy/media_set?set=a.10153412256620748&type=3&fb_dtsg_ag=AdylO46C1VRtpQvhgkBv4hyRBA5bEutY1s3nj69cqfK4aA%3AAdzRzzDwmz1YNx1daxuTDUcFKHlLNasPzEqe9sHtLbtpnQ
Product design.An electric pusher trailer for bikes. https://www.facebook.com/ozkal.ozsoy/media_set?set=a.10155813657840748&type=3&fb_dtsg_ag=AdylO46C1VRtpQvhgkBv4hyRBA5bEutY1s3nj69cqfK4aA%3AAdzRzzDwmz1YNx1daxuTDUcFKHlLNasPzEqe9sHtLbtpnQ
Remote controlled and robotic car toy product design. https://www.facebook.com/ozkal.ozsoy/media_set?set=a.10155783277135748&type=3&fb_dtsg_ag=AdylO46C1VRtpQvhgkBv4hyRBA5bEutY1s3nj69cqfK4aA%3AAdzRzzDwmz1YNx1daxuTDUcFKHlLNasPzEqe9sHtLbtpnQ
Velomobile design project https://www.facebook.com/ozkal.ozsoy/media_set?set=a.415018030747&type=3&fb_dtsg_ag=AdylO46C1VRtpQvhgkBv4hyRBA5bEutY1s3nj69cqfK4aA%3AAdzRzzDwmz1YNx1daxuTDUcFKHlLNasPzEqe9sHtLbtpnQ

Prizes Won.

Bursa automotive exporters’ association, project market, industrial design competition, third place in mechanics / functionality category (a car door handle design, Patented:TR201208497B)

Winner of 2003 amateur boat design competition of Duckworks Magazine USA.

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