Professor Akdoğan was awarded “Professor of the Year in MSE” by the Engineering Governing Council (EGC) for the academic year 2019-20. The award ceremony took place on 4 May via Webex. The citation by the EGC reads:
"Professor Akdoğan uniquely cares about us not just as college students, but as professional colleagues and human beings. Before we went online for Covid-19, he always put extra effort in class to show us how many years of engineering go into what we were learning. When we had to move to online classes, he was uniquely understanding of every student's new and not quite ideal situation, genuinely cared about us, and did everything in his ability to support us as students."