Dr. Kilkis received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with high honors from Middle East Technical University. He graduated in 1972 with an honors degree from von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium- a NATO Research Center. Dr. Kilkis has been working on heat transfer, unified heat transfer theory, high-performance buildings, quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat pumps, energy strategies, aerodynamics, exergy analysis, combined heat and power, tri-generation, ORC, integrated solar PV systems, simulation, and computer aided design of green buildings. He has been very active in wind and solar energy, heat pumps, small hydro-turbines, green energy, sustainable buildings, innovative HVAC systems, geothermal energy, environmental issues, low-exergy and waste heat utilization, district energy systems, energy strategies, innovation in sustainable systems of the future, and green habitat optimization. He is a founder member of the Turkish Wind Energy Association, Turkish Solar Energy Association, and the past Country Coordinator of Wind Energy for CENTO. He has developed seven standards on Heat Pumps, three standards on Radiant Panel Heating and Cooling, and authored the revised Chapter 6 in ASHRAE Handbook on Radiant Panel Heating and Cooling and four other chapters at a capacity of principal reviewer. He is the co-author of a most recent book on Cogeneration with renewables.
He is the Engineering Track Member of USGBC and has developed several green energy bundles and equipment that can operate directly with low-temperature sources and waste heat. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses at several universities like Gannon University (full time), University of Missouri Rolla (adjunct) and Middle East Technical University (full time) since 1972. Currently, he is the head of Energy Engineering Graduate Program and a full-time professor at Baskent University. In total, he has published more than 400 papers in several journals and proceedings on a large variety of topics, and has several patents pending on green buildings, solar trigeneration, heat pump coupled cogeneration, and low-exergy HVAC systems. He had also contributed articles to IEA Heat Pump Letter, observer to IEA Heat Pump Center. Currently, Dr. Kilkis is the member of ASHRAE Building Performance Metrics Steering Committee and has been elevated to Fellow Grade in 2003 due to his outstanding services and has been named distinguished lecturer. Since 1972, he has been the principal investigator of several industrial projects, including a NATO Science for Stability project on a de-centralized, co-generating 1.5 MW fluidized-bed power plant. He had been a contractor to DOE, Morgantown Energy Technology Center in West Virginia twice on fluidized bed heat transfer modeling. Between 1998 and 1999, he acted as the project principal for snow melting systems for Air Force bases, heat tracing of fighter jet aircraft during freezing periods and snow/ice melting of helicopter pads on Navy Vessels.
He has been working on several commercial projects too, ranging from aircraft hangar heating (Tinker AFB USA), paint shop heating, animal shed, and zoo floor warming (Washington DC Zoo), ice protection, hybrid HVAC systems using heat pumps and 20.000 home geothermal district energy systems. Dr. Kilkis was always charged with the most challenging sustainable building design and radiant projects and has worked on more than 250 unique projects. One of them is the LEED Platinum ESER Building, which Dr. Kilkis was charged with developing the entire electro-mechanical system, including tri-generation system. He had also completed a simulation and optimization of a tri-generating retrofit for Turgut Özal Hospital in Malatya, Turkey, with ice storage. He was named a world expert on radiant technology and a lecturer-member of Radiant Panel Association. He is the invited editor of UNESCO Int. Journal of Global Energy Issues and he is the editorial board member of International Journal of Green Energy, International Journal of Exergy, and COSSP Regional Editor. He is the North America Liaison of the Low-Exergy Buildings International Network and the founder of Exergy Analysis for Sustainable Buildings Technical Committee and vice-chair in ASHRAE. He was the Project Liaison of EU HEGEL Poly-generation project. Recently he has designed and supervised the construction of two green office building projects in Ankara for de-centralized energy modeling. He was also the invited initial-phase team leader of the REHAU Eco-Smart House project at Montana State University. He is the -author of three chapters in Energy Engineering Encyclopedia.
Recently, he has established a co-operation with TU Delft University in the Netherlands on Green Initiative Sustainable Campus Project and has authored the Ten-Year Green Campus Project and the Roadmap for Baskent University in collaboration with OSTİM and TU Delft (2012). Dr. Kilkis has been appointed to the Executive Committee membership of the European Union Solar Thermal Technologies Platform is 2015.