Kerem GÜNGÖR, PhD in Biological Systems Engineering (Turkey)

Kerem Güngör

Kerem holds a PhD in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently working as an environmental engineer at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, USA.

Current position: Environmental Engineer at the Department of Environmental Protection, Maine, USA

Research focus: Storm water management, green infrastructure/low impact development and erosion and sedimentation

Kerem´s current position focuses on storm water management, green infrastructure/low impact development, erosion and sedimentation. In his PhD thesis, he studied animal waste, using lab-based tests and experiments, in the context of diffuse agricultural phosphorus pollution.

In 2009 Kerem was awarded a Green Talent. The forum helped him to re-assess his professional activities, which allowed him to make tangible contributions to the overarching goal of sustainability. From 2009 to 2014, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Abant İzzet Baysal University, Turkey, where he led a project addressing the phosphorus dynamics of the shallow and eutrophic Yenicaga Lake in Turkey. Kerem became one of the six runner-ups in the Visualizing Nutrients competition of USGS and EPA.

2015 Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
2015 Member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF)
2009 Awarded Honorary Research Fellow from UW-Madison Biological Systems Engineering Department


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2009):

Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey / University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Research focus: Biological systems engineering

Kerem Güngör is an assistant professor at Abant Izzet Baysal University in Bolu in northwestern Turkey and currently also an honorary fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. Güngör's research focuses on environmental technologies to prevent phosphorus pollution from animal manure. He is planning to develop waste treatment technologies that use anaerobic digestion, phosphorus recovery, and fermentation in particular. These processes provide biogas, phosphorus minerals, and organic ingredients for biodegradable plastic production, all of them useful resources. Biogas could help decrease dependence on fossil fuels and phosphorus minerals could help replace phosphate rock and phosphoric acid needed for fertilizer production.

Controlled fermentation of organic waste can produce simpler organics, which can be used to produce biodegradable polymers. These polymers can replace comparable petrochemical products, making plastic manufacturing more environmentally sustainable. In the context of the Green Talents Forum, Kerem Güngör is looking for research partners for joint German-Turkish research projects. The Turkish scientist impressed the jury with his many years of scientific experience in his field of research, which he gained during long research stints in the United States, among other countries.