Sabri Deniz studied at the Technical University of Istanbul (ITÜ) Mechanical Engineering and graduated in 1983. This was followed by an MBA at the University of Istanbul, Faculty of Economies and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (MSc) at the (ITÜ). In 1993 he earned his doctorate (Ph.D.) at the ETH Zurich, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering. Until 1997 he worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA as a postdoctoral fellow at the Gas Turbine Laboratory of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautic
In 1986, he first came to Switzerland with a federal scholarship and carried out research at the ETH Zurich, Institute of Fluid Technology. From 1988 to 1994 he was employed at the ETH Zurich, as a research assistant and as a graduate student in the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology as well as at the Institute of Energy Technology, Laboratory for Turbomachinery. After a short stay in Istanbul as an Associate Professor, he worked in the Turbomachinery research and development group at the Praxair, Inc. Technology Center in Tonawanda, New York. Between 2006 and 2012 he was with Ramgen Power Systems in Bellevue, Washington, as a senior staff engineer, where he worked for the development and design of supersonic compressors and turbomachines.
Since August 2012 he is a faculty member at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences (HSLU) School of Engineering and Architecture. He is working at the competence center for Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machinery. His research interests include design of hydraulic and thermal turbomachines with focus on efficiency and operating range extension, flow instabilities, flow-induced vibrations, and active flow control and development of micro-engines.