Kaan Erkorkmaz

Professor, PEng

kaan erkorkmazBSc (Istanbul Technical)
MASc (British Columbia)
PhD (British Columbia)

University of Waterloo, Department of Mechanical Engineering
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1
Tel : (519) 888-4567 ext. 35214

Fax: (519) 885-5862
E-mail: kaane@mecheng1.uwaterloo.ca
Web: www.pcl.uwaterloo.ca

Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of modeling and identification, precision motion control, and optimal trajectory generation for multi-axis dynamic systems, with emphasis on machine tools and precision manufacturing operations.


  • Fellow, CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering)
  • Member, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • Member, ASPE (American Society for Precision Engineering)
  • Member, SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) 

Professional Service

  • Editorial Committee Member, CIRP (2018-2021)
  • Associate Editor, Precision Engineering (2013-2017)


  • Sandford Fleming Foundation Teaching Excellence Award (2016)
  • Best Poster Paper, 2013 American Society for Precision Engineering Annual Meeting (2013)
  • InnoLecture Visiting Professorship, ISW/University of Stuttgart (2011)
  • Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, Early Researcher Award (2008)
  • SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2007)

Research projects for graduate students

ME 481/482 design projects for undergraduate students



  1. Katz A., Erkorkmaz K., Ismail F., 2018, "Virtual Model of Gear Shaping - Part II: Elastic Deformations and Virtual Gear Metrology", Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 140/7: 071008.

  2. Katz A., Erkorkmaz K., Ismail F., 2018, "Virtual Model of Gear Shaping - Part I: Kinematics, Cutter-Workpiece Engagement, and Cutting Forces", Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 140/7: 071007

  3. Okyay A., Erkorkmaz K., Khamesee M.B., 2018, "Mechatronic Design, Actuator Optimization, and Control of a Long-Stroke Linear Nano-Positioner", Precision Engineering, in press.

  4. Okyay A., Erkorkmaz K., Khamesee M.B., 2018, "Modal Analysis, Metrology, and Error Budgeting of a Precision Motion Stage", Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing - Special Issue in Precision Manufacturing, 2(1):8.  

  5. Ekorkmaz K., Chen Q.-G. C., Zhao M.-Y., Beudaert X., Gao X.-S., 2017, "Linear Programming and Windowing Based Feedrate Optimization for Spline Toolpaths", Annals of CIRP, 66/1:393-396. 

  6. Erkorkmaz K., Katz A., Hosseinkhani Y., Plakhotnik D., Stautner M., Ismail F., 2016, “Chip Geometry and Cutting Forces in Gear Shaping”, Annals of CIRP, 65/1:133-136.

  7. Munoa J., Beudaert X., Erkorkmaz K., Iglesias A., Barrios A., Zatarain M., 2015, “Active Suppression of Structural Chatter Vibrations using Machine Drives and Accelerometers”, Annals of CIRP, 64/1:385-388.

  8. Erkorkmaz K., 2015, “Efficient Fitting of the Feed Correction Polynomial for Real-Time Spline Interpolation”, Trans. ASME, J. Manuf. Sci. & Eng. (technical note, in-press).
  9. Okyay, A., Khamesee, M.B., Erkorkmaz, K., 2015, "Design and Optimization of a Voice Coil Actuator for Precision Motion Applications", IEEE T. Magnetics, 51/6:#8202811.
  10. Erkorkmaz K., Alzaydi A., Elfizy A., Engin S., 2014, “Time-Optimized Hole Sequence Planning for 5-Axis On-the-fly Laser Drilling”, Annals of CIRP, 63/1:377–380.
  11. Erkorkmaz K., Hosseinkhani Y., 2013, “Control of Ball Screw Drives Based on Disturbance Response Optimization”, Annals of CIRP, 62/1:387–390.
  12. Erkorkmaz K., Layegh S.E., Lazoglu I., Erdim H., 2013, “Feedrate Optimization for Freeform Milling Considering Constraints from the Feed Drive System and Process Mechanics”, Annals of CIRP, 62/1:395–398.
  13. Vasilopoulos T., Erkorkmaz K., Ismail F., Pilliar R.M., “Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Machining Polymer Infiltrated Calcium Polyphosphate”, Int. J. Automation Technology - Special Issue on Process Simulation and Progress in Welding Processes, 7/1:52-70.
  14. Gordon D.J., Erkorkmaz K., 2013, “Accurate Control of Ball Screw Drives using Pole-Placement Vibration Damping and a Novel Trajectory Prefilter”, Precision Engineering, 37/2: 308–322.
  15. Gordon D.J., Erkorkmaz K., 2012, “Precision Control of a T-Type Gantry using Sensor/Actuator Averaging and Active Vibration Damping”, Precision Engineering, 36/2:299-314.
  16. Bristow M., Erkorkmaz K., Huissoon J.P., Jeon S., Owen W.S., Waslander S.L., Stubley G.D., 2011, “A Control Systems Concept Inventory Test Design and Assessment”, IEEE Trans. Education, 55/2:203-212.
  17. Erkorkmaz K., Alzaydi A.A., Elfizy A., Engin S., 2011, “Time-Optimal Trajectory Generation for 5-Axis On-the-Fly Laser Drilling”, Annals of CIRP, 60/1:411-414.
  18. Rouzrokh A., Wei C.H.-S., Erkorkmaz K., Pilliar R.M., 2010, “Machining Porous Calcium Polyphosphate Implants for Tissue Engineering Applications”, Int. J. Automation Technology – Spec. Issue on Modeling and Simulation of Cutting Process, 4/3:291-302.
  19. Erkorkmaz K., Gorniak J.M., Gordon D.J., 2010, “Precision Machine Tool X-Y Stage Utilizing a Planar Air Bearing Arrangement”, Annals of CIRP, 59/1:425-428.
  20. Kamalzadeh A., Gordon D.J., Erkorkmaz K., 2010, “Robust Compensation of Elastic Deformations in Ball Screw Drives”, Int. J. Machine Tools & Manuf., 50/6:559-574.
  21. Wong W.W.-S., Erkorkmaz K., 2010, “Constrained Identification of Virtual CNC Drives Using a Genetic Algorithm”, Int. J. Adv. Manuf. Tech., 50/1:275-288.
  22. Heng M., Erkorkmaz K., 2010, “Design of a NURBS Interpolator with Minimal Feed Fluctuation and Continuous Feed Modulation Capability”, Int. J. Machine Tools & Manuf. 50:281–293.
  23. Erkorkmaz K., Heng M., 2008, “A Heuristic Feedrate Optimization Strategy for NURBS Toolpaths”, Annals of CIRP, 57/1:407-410.
  24. Kamalzadeh A., Erkorkmaz K., 2007, “Compensation of Axial Vibrations in Ball Screw Drives”, Annals of CIRP, 56/1:373-378.
  25. Erkorkmaz K., Wong W., 2007, “Rapid Identification Technique for Virtual CNC Drives”, Int. J. Machine Tools & Manuf., 47:1381-1392.
  26. Kamalzadeh A., Erkorkmaz K., 2007, “Accurate Tracking Controller Design for High Speed Drives”, Int. J. Machine Tools & Manuf., 47/9:1393–1400.
  27. Erkorkmaz K., Kamalzadeh A., 2006, “High Bandwidth Control of Ball Screw Drives”, Annals of CIRP, 55/1: 393-398.
  28. Erkorkmaz K., Altintas Y., Yeung C.-H., 2006, “Virtual Computer Numerical Control System”, Annals of CIRP, 55/1:399-402.
  29. Erkorkmaz K., Yeung C.-H., Altintas Y., 2006, “Virtual CNC System - Part II: High Speed Contouring Application”, Int. J. Machine Tools & Manuf., 46/10:1124-1138.
  30. Yeung C.-H., Altintas Y., Erkorkmaz K., 2006, “Virtual CNC System - Part I: System Architecture”, Int. J. Machine Tools & Manuf., 46/10: 1107-1123.
  31. Erkorkmaz K., Altintas Y., 2005, “Quintic Spline Interpolation with Minimal Feed Fluctuation”, Transactions of ASME, J. Manuf. Sci. & Eng., 127/2: 339-349.
  32. Altintas Y., Erkorkmaz K., 2003, “Feedrate Optimization for Spline Interpolation in High Speed Machine Tools”, Annals of CIRP, Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 297-302.
  33. Erkorkmaz K., Altintas Y., 2001, “High Speed CNC System Design: Part III - High Speed Tracking and Contouring Control of Feed Drives”, Int. J. Machine Tools & Manuf., 41/11:1637.
  34. Erkorkmaz K., Altintas Y., 2001, “High Speed CNC System Design: Part II - Modeling and Identification of Feed Drives”, Int. J. Machine Tools & Manuf., 41/10:1487-1509.
  35. Erkorkmaz K., Altintas Y., 2001, “High Speed CNC System Design: Part I - Jerk Limited Trajectory Generation and Quintic Spline Interpolation”, Int. J. Machine Tools & Manuf., 41/9:1323-1345.
  36. Altintas Y., Erkorkmaz K., Zhu W.-H., 2000, “Sliding Mode Controller Design for High Speed Drives”, Annals of CIRP, 49/1:265-270.
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