October 18, 1946  – June 14, 2013 

Celebrating the beautiful life of an inspirational professor and a loving husband and father

Originally from Turkey and with over 30 years as a faculty member at Northeastern’s College of Engineering, Professor Yaman Yener touched many lives during his career—faculty and students alike.

An overall educator, teaching undergraduate to PhD students, Yener had a special commitment to the recruiting and support of international graduate students, especially from his home country of Turkey.

Read Professor Yener's Bio

Dr. Yaman Yener was Senior Associate Dean of Engineering for Faculty Affairs and Carl R. Hurtig Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.  He received his BS (1968) and MS (1970) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1973.  He was on METU faculty from 1974 to 1980, holding positions as Assistant and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  He served as the Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department at METU between 1978 and 1980.  He was at the University of Delaware as Visiting Associate Professor from 1980 to 1982. He subsequently joined Northeastern University as Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1982.  He was Acting Chairman of the department from July 1989 through December 1990.

Dr. Yaman Yener was Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Graduate Studies between 1993 and 2010. In that capacity, he served as Director of the Graduate School of Engineering, and coordinated and promoted research activities within the College.  Since 1993, he helped direct the College’s research efforts with a comprehensive and focused agenda to accomplish Northeastern’s mission of gaining recognition as a national research institution.  He supervised two interdisciplinary professional master’s programs: Information Systems and Telecommunication Systems Management.  Recently, he played a leadership role in the development of a new interdisciplinary PhD program in Bioengineering and a new professional master’s program in Energy Systems, both began in fall 2009.

As Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Yener maintained his own research program in transient radiation with short-pulse irradiation applications, radiative transfer in high-temperature aerosols, simultaneous radiation and other modes of heat transfer in radiatively participating media, transient forced convection and nano/microscale heat transfer.  He had published over 70 technical and research papers, co-authored two graduate-level books, Heat Conduction, Fifth Edition, CRC Press. July 6, 2018 and Convective Heat Transfer, Third Edition, CRC Press. December 17, 2013, and edited three conference proceedings. 

In recognition of his contributions to the field mechanical engineering and engineering education, Dr. Yener was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering in 2000 and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  From 2003 to 2006, he served as an elected Board Member of the Engineering Research Council (ERC) of ASEE.  He chaired the 2008 ASEE/ERC Forum on Engineering Research: Opportunities and Impact, and co-chaired the 2007 ASEE/ERC Forum on Engineering Research Challenges in a Changing World.  He was the member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Mu Epsilon, Pi Tau Sigma, and an associate member of the Society of the Sigma Xi.

2023 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


“I am honored to being named the recipient of the Yaman Yener Memorial Graduate Scholorship for 2023-2024. This scholarship is not just a financial support but also a symbol of the enduring legacy of Prof. Yaman Yener, and it carries a deep significance for me”


2022 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


“Thank you for making the Yaman Yener Memorial Graduate Scholarship possible and giving me a chance to be part of the Yaman Yener’s legacy. This gives me more responsibility and mindfulness when thinking about how to achieve my short-term and long-term career goals.”

2021 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


“After graduation, I plan to work in the healthcare industry as a researcher in data mining and machine learning. I aim to create many opportunities to apply my knowledge and background to real-world problems so that many people can benefit from them. As we continue to recover from a year of uncertainty, this award will significantly help me. I sincerely believe that it will have an important impact on my career path. As a Yaman Yener Memorial Graduate Scholar, I feel a part of his legacy and will always remember Professor Yener with gratitude.”

2020 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


“I consider myself privileged to be a Yaman Yener Scholar and part of his legacy. I will put this chance to good use, focus more on my research, and develop my skills, which will help me achieve my goals. Thank you for supporting the graduate students like me at Northeastern University. I hope I will have the chance to help students to achieve their goals as you did for me.”

2019 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


I am honored to be this year’s recipient of the Yaman Yener Memorial Graduate Scholarship and would like to start by telling how grateful I am for this generous opportunity. I am a first year PhD. student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Northeastern University. Although I did not meet Prof. Yener in person, I had a chance to read about his academic career and it was enough for me to understand how great of a professor he was. I feel privileged to be one of the lives that he touched and hopefully one day I will be an amazing professor like him. I promise to make best use of this opportunity.”

2018 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


“I am honored and delighted to be the recipient of this scholarship, which is provided in memory of a distinguished Turkish engineer and eminent leader. As a Yener Scholar, I am fully aware that I have become part of Yaman Yener’s legacy and a member of a community of remembrance. I will try to make best use of this remarkable chance.”

2017 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


“When I received the letter graduate school stating that I have been chosen for the Yaman Yener Memorial Graduate Scholarship, I found myself, with a big smile on my face, jumping up and down out of happiness and excitement. Besides providing a financial relief, the scholarship helped me to gain my confidence as a self-sufficient individual and made me have hopes again that there is always a way if you work hard enough and you want something. It is difficult to reflect my feelings for Professor Yener, and his memorial scholarship, in words. I am most certain that what I have written is not nearly enough to express my gratitude, like the tears I had in my eyes when I heard that he is now in Heaven.”

2016 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


“I believe that many of his students, Turkish researchers and academicians, including myself, would honor his name and continue his legacy by providing guidance and support to the next generations for their higher education, who are willing to take the science one step further. I am deeply grateful to Mrs. Demet Yener, Ms. Zeynep Yener and all donors for their support which will help me to accomplish continued success in my academic life.”

2015 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


“Sevgili Yaman Hocam, Bugun benim dogum gunum. Esim, kizim, annem, babam ve sevdiklerimle kutladigim, mutlu bir gun. Donup baktigimda onlarca insan aklima geliyor bugunun mutlu olmasinda ve mucadelelerin asilabilir olmasinda katkisi olan. O insanlar arasinda sizin onemli bir yeriniz var. Dilerim benim donemdeslerim sizin orneginizi takip edebilir; baskalarinin hayatlarina mutluluk asilayabilir, basarilarina destek cikabilir. Hasret ve sevgilerle.”

2015 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


“Even though I couldn’t meet Prof. Yaman Yener in person, I was well-informed of his outstanding studies, distinguished personality and success. While I will be using this scholarship for academic purposes, I will always be reminded of Prof. Yaman Yener and hope that someday I can be as successful in my field as he was. Thank you.”

2014 Yaman Yener Memorial Scholarship Recipient:


“Dear Professor, We are still feeling your presence in so many ways around here. I am so proud to be the first student that was funded through the scholarship fund on your name. In the future, I really hope that I can educate and encourage the students in this hard but rewarding journey, just like you did to us. The most importantly, thank you, for your support”.

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The Yaman Yener Memorial Graduate Scholarship

The Yaman Yener Memorial Graduate Scholarship for engineering students was established to honor the 30 year legacy of Professor Yaman Yener, a member of the faculty in Northeastern’s College of Engineering. 

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