Dr. Burak Demirel was born in Ankara in 1972. He graduated from Kadıkoy Anatolian College in Istanbul in 1990 and obtained his B.S. from the Technical University of Istanbul (ITU) in Metallurgical Engineering in 1994. Dr. Demirel received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Boğaziçi University in the field of Environmental Technology. Between 2005 and 2009, he pursued post-doctoral studies at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (HAW Hamburg), Germany, as a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholar at the Faculty of Life Sciences. Since 2009, Dr. Demirel is working as a full-time faculty member at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, where he also serves as the Vice Director of the Institute. His main areas of teaching and research interests are biogas engineering, waste management, renewable energy sources and global climate change.