Academic Journey

Purdue University
PhD. in Chemical Engineering. Thesis: Enabling a Sustainable Economy through Energy Systems Modeling: Solar-centric, Efficient, Integrated and Continuous Process Synthesis and Optimization. Advisor: Rakesh Agrawal.

Boğaziçi University
BSc. in Chemical Engineering
BSc. in Mathematics


General: Process Development, Modeling, Optimization, Conceptual Design, Process Intensification, Cogeneration, Superstructure Optimization, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming (MINLP), Linear Programming (LP)

Programming: C, GAMS, PERL, MATLAB, PhP, ASP, HTML, LaTeX

Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative

Systems Analysis of CCUS technologies

Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University

Energy System Modeling for a Sustainable Economy Advisors: Prof. Rakesh Agrawal, Prof. Mohit Tawarmalani

  • Developed and rigorously simulated a family of novel solar thermal power generation cycles with calculated unprecedented efficiencies using integrated Aspen Plus and Matlab modeling environment.
  • Developed and implemented strategies to efficiently coproduce hydrogen and electricity from solar energy. Developed and optimized solar thermal hydrogen and power coproduction processes using integrated Aspen Plus and Matlab modeling environment. Integrated hydrogen power cycle with hydrogen and power coproduction process for continuous and efficient solar power supply.
  • Identified process options to convert biomass and natural gas to liquid fuel. Created a superstructure optimization problem that is simulated and optimized in Aspen Plus. Mathematically formulated the process superstructure as a Mixed Integer Nonlinear Program in GAMS and solved to global optimality using optimization techniques. Formulated and solved optimization problems to determine parameters from multiple experimental results for biomass conversion processes.
  • Designed and performed detailed process simulation of dimethyl ether closed loop large scale storage cycle, which include optimization of mixed refrigerant refrigeration cycle, design of cryogenic carbon capture and purification, detailed simulation of solid oxide fuel cell and solid oxide electrolysis cell.
  • Designed and performed detailed process simulation of multi stage flash (MSF) desalination processes for large scale fresh water production.
  • Explored energy efficient synergistic interactions at process and end use levels, and their potential impacts on policy formulation.



CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS    (*presenting author)


OTHER ORAL PRESENTATIONS    (*presenting author)

  • Gençer E*, Agrawal R (2015). Solar Thermal Power and Chemical Coproduction Process for Continuous Power Supply and Production of Chemicals, 2015 Purdue GSO Symposium, West Lafayette, IN.
  • Gençer E*, Agrawal R (2015). Energy Systems Modeling, 2015 Solar Economy IGERT Annual Meeting, West Lafayette, IN.
  • Gençer E * (2015). Towards A Solar Economy, Duke Energy Academy, West Lafayette, IN.
  • Gençer E *, Mallapragada DS, Tawarmalani M, Agrawal R (2014). Systematic Integrated Biomass and NG to Liquid Fuel Process Design with Reduced CO2 Emissions, BASF & Purdue’s Energy Forum 2014, West Lafayette, IN.-Student Speaker Honoree.
  • Gençer E *, Agrawal R (2014). Systematic Integrated Biomass and Natural Gas to Liquid Fuel Process Design with Reduced CO2 Emissions, 2014 Purdue GSO Symposium, West Lafayette, IN.




  • 2016 Graduate School’s Excellence in Teaching Award ($500) – Purdue University’s highest award in recognition of graduate student teachers.
  • College of Engineering’s nominee of 2015 Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award, Purdue University
  • Excellence for Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award – Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
    As voted by the graduating seniors for Teaching Excellence in Chemical Engineering.
  • 2013 CETA (Committee Education of Teaching Assistants) Award, Purdue University

Travel Grants

    • Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grant ($1000)
      FOCAPD Young Researcher Travel Grant (accommodation expenses)
    • College of Engineering Travel Grant, Purdue University ($500)
    • Eastman Travel Grant, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University ($500)

ChE 597, Energy Systems Analysis

Spring 2013, Fall 2014

  • Prepared and graded homeworks.
  • Worked on preparing course material.
  • Delivered ~20% of classroom lectures and provided lecture notes.
ChE 450, Design and Analysis of Process Systems

Spring 2014

  • Prepared Aspen teaching labs for all 6 lab sections.
  • Conducted 3 lab sections for a total of 78 students.
  • Prepared and graded 12 different Aspen qualifying exams for 6 lab sections.
  • Evaluated final project presentations.
  • I have prepared Aspen teaching lab instructions to include the new features of the software
  • I have prepared a new curriculum and a complete set of lab instructions for the newest version of Aspen. This includes documentation to use Aspen v.8.6, eight two-hours-long lab exercises, solution simulations, and a set of example lab examination.
ChE 377, Momentum Transfer

Fall 2012

  • Conducted weekly recitations and laboratory sections for 2 sections and 52 students.
  • Solved problems and covered fundamentals of Momentum Transfer principles.
  • Graded exams and projects, prepared rubric for homework assignments.
  • Hold office hours and help sessions.
    Instructed one class.
ChE 411, Undergraduate Research

Fall 2012, Summer2014

  • I have conducted two undergraduate research projects. I introduced these junior researchers to the basics of biomass to liquid fuel conversion processes and also to the needed research tools. They have examined the role of biomass types and water utilizations during the conversion processes. I helped them develop a project plan, kept them on track in plan execution and advised them in the organization of their reports and presentations. Being a research mentor to these young researchers was very inspiring for me. One of the students decided to continue his education and he is now a Ph.D. student at UPenn.