Yerkin Abdildin, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Research interests

  • Decision Analysis

  • Risk Analysis

  • Biomedical Statistics
  • Computational Science with a particular interest in applications to energy systems, biomechanical systems, financial systems, and transportation systems.

Personal profile

Yerkin Abdildin graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with a PhD in Industrial Engineering. He received his Master of Computer Science degree from UIUC in 2008. Prof. Abdildin taught multi-disciplinary courses compulsory for students majoring in Mechanical, Industrial, Chemical, Civil, Materials Science, and Aerospace Engineering at UIUC ( for 3 years and was listed in the “List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students” (Spring, 2012).

Prof. Abdildin joined the School of Engineering and Digital Sciences at Nazarbayev University in December, 2014. Since then, he successfully supervised PhD (1), MEM (3), and BEng (16) students. 

Prof. Abdildin also leads SolidWorks certification at Nazarbayev University. As of February 21, 2022: 166 of NU students became Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) and 19 Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP).

CSWP titleholders:

1. Nursultan Alzhanov
2. Aslan Belgibayev
3. Beibit Zharylkassyn
4. Ansar Shubayev
5. Bekbolat Adekenov
6. Adil Talgat
7. Kemel Shomenov
8. Azamat Salamat
9. Dastan Kaldybayev
10. Darkhan Otegen
11. Beknur Smagulov
12. Aidyn Zhanbolat
13. Nursultan Turdakyn
14. Abilmansur Yestay
15. Yelnur Sopygali
16. Aisar Abdrakhmanov
17. Olzhas Seiilkhanov
18. Nurdaulet Sharipkhan
19. Arsen Galiyev

Prof. Abdildin developed and edited the Guidelines for BEng in Mechanical Engineering (2015) and guided the 1st two cohorts of Nazarbayev University graduates in 2015 and 2016. Some of them continue their studies at PhD programs in the USA. At Nazarbayev University, he also developed and taught several new courses, such as: Advanced Statistics and Probability, Applied Statistics and Probability, Computer Aided Design, Research Project, Decision Models. 

As a member of the MSc Committee (since 2016), he also developed Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering program (2018) and is currently a member of the MAE Department's PhD Admission Committee and MSc Admission Committee. Prof. Abdildin is also the Coordinator of the Industry Committee and a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Mathematics (CISM) at Nazarbayev University. He is a member (MILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT, 

His research has been published in journals like Energy, International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Frontiers in Medicine, World Neurosurgery, Journal of Clinical Medicine, Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, and other academic outlets.

Current activities

Prof. Abdildin and his students are working on a decision analysis model for transporting and monitoring critically ill patients together with Kazakh Railways, Kazakh Sanitary Aviation, and other organizations.

Another ongoing project is about the university-industry partnership in Kazakhstan.

Other projects include statistical analysis of biomedical studies on various topics together with medical experts from Kazakhstan and Europe.

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Clients or industrial partners

Clients or industrial partners with whom prof. Abdildin has worked on various research projects are the following:

  • KazAtomProm
  • Kazakh Railways
  • KTZ Express
  • Electric locomotives assembly factory “Electrovoz Kurastyru Zauyty”
  • Air Astana
  • Kazakh Research Institute of Eye Diseases
  • Air ambulance of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • National Neurosurgery Center
  • National Medical Holding LLP

Funding bodies: 

  • Nazarbayev University, Collaborative Research Program
  • Nazarbayev University, Faculty Development Program

Prof. Abdildin accepts creative, motivated, and hardworking PhD students.

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