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Location: Houston, TX, USA
School: Rice University
Major: Environmental Engineering

Resume 1

Birnur Guven
Environmental Engineer
Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Scientific Editor, Center of Excellence for Earth and Environmental Science, Cactus Global, February 2016 to Present
• Edited over 600 journal articles on environmental science, energy, engineering, earth sciences, life sciences, and sustainability for content, organization, and accuracy.
• Performed detailed editing of text, tables, graphs, and figures; applied journal style and formatting; corrected language, including grammar, usage, and punctuation.
• Communicated with the author to finalize the manuscript.
• Prepared cover letters for submission.
Research Scientist and Project Manager, Houston Advanced Research Center - Houston, TX
October 2009 to April 2015
• Developed or took part in developing grant proposals to several federal, regional, and local agencies.
• Led a review paper on global gas flaring from onshore and offshore oil fields, and its socio-economic and health impacts for the Baker Institute Energy Forum.
• Led the data analysis project to study methane emissions from upstream oil and gas production operations for the US EPA.
• Performed data analysis and source apportionment of TexAQS II data to detect sources and origin of formaldehyde and other air toxics in Houston Ship Channel, focusing on petrochemical plants and refineries.
• Developed the Storm Risk Calculator for City of Houston, which is an on-line tool based on engineering models for Harris.
• County residents to learn about the risks from hurricane-induced hazards in collaboration with a Rice University team.
• Trained the City of Houston staff on the operation of the Storm Risk Calculator tool.
• Managed the project that assesses the effectiveness of creating natural ecologies in reducing damage from hurricane storm.
• surge and wave action through data collection, analysis and modeling that involved several university partners.
• Performed adjoint neighborhood scale air quality transport modeling to identify emission sources of toxic air pollutants.
• Served as a technical advisor to Galveston Bay Foundation for scientific review of site remediation plans for an EPA Superfund Site and for community outreach and communication efforts.

Research Associate, Environmental Engineering, Rice University - Houston, TX February 2008 to October 2009
• Conducted research to estimate the health and economic benefits of potential reductions in hazardous air pollutants in Houston using Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Model (BenMAP).
• Analyzed the long-term trends in extreme precipitation events along the Gulf Coast in relation to climate change using nonparametric regression models.
• Evaluated the groundwater hydrology of City of Scottsdale, AZ using MODFLOW to assess the impact of the artificial recharge on the groundwater elevations.
• Coordinated the organization of a National Conference and Training Workshops for the SSPEED (Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters) Center.

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI August 2006 to January 2008
• Investigated the effects of PAHs on birth outcomes through statistical analysis and dispersion modeling of PAH data.
• Supervised a Ph.D. student to study several modeling approaches to locate the largest contributors to local and regional air pollution concentrated in the industrial Midwest.
• Taught Air Pollution Modeling and Environmental Data Analysis courses.

Research Assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University - Houston, TX 2001 to 2006
• Conducted source apportionment analyses on particulate matter and volatile organic compound data using multivariate and univariate receptor modeling techniques.
• Developed analysis methods to compare emissions and source apportionment results as a top-down quality check of emission inventories.
• Performed fine particle dispersion modeling for the impact of expanding the Katy Freeway using CALPUFF.

Air Quality Data Analysis Intern, Sonoma Technology, Inc. - Petaluma, CA, June 2005 to August 2005
• Performed statistical analysis techniques including factor analyses such as Principal Component Analysis, regression and trend analyses, and source apportionment models on the speciated PM2.5 data.

• Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, 2006
• M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, 2003
• M.S. in Environmental Science, Bogazici University, 2001
• B.S. in Mathematics, Bogazici University, 1997

• Good project and budget management, communication, writing, presentation, analytical, computer, and organization skills.
• Able to meet tight deadlines.
• Experience with receptor modeling: PMF2, EPA PMF, ME and CMB; air dispersion modeling: CALPUFF/ CALMET/CALPOST, HYSPLIT; Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Model: BenMAP; groundwater flow and groundwater quality modeling: MODFLOW, MT3D, and RT3D in GMS and Groundwater Vistas modeling systems.
• Experience with particulate matter ambient monitoring; Operated ICP-MS, IC, and GC-MS.
• Other software and programming languages: MATLAB, SYSTAT, SPSS, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), Dreamweaver MX.

Publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Brantley, H.; Thoma, E.; Buzcu-Guven, B.; Lyon, D. Assessment of Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Production Pads using Mobile Measurements. Environmental Science and Technology, 48 (24), pp 14508–14515, 2014.
• Stein, R.; Buzcu-Guven, B.; Duenas-Osorio, L.; Subramanian, D. The private and social benefits of preparing for hurricanes. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 32, (3), pp. 459-483, 2014.
• Clements, A.L., B. Buzcu-Guven, M.P. Fraser, P. Kulkarni, and S. Chellam. Role of Particulate Metals in Heterogeneous Secondary Sulfate Formation. Atmospheric Environment, 75, 233-240, 2013.
• Bozlaker, A., B. Buzcu-Guven, M.P. Fraser, and S. Chellam. Insights into PM10 Sources in Houston, Texas: Role of Petroleum Refineries in Enriching Lanthanoid Metals during Episodic Emission Events, Atmospheric Environment, 69, 109-117, 2013.
• Buzcu-Guven, B., Olaguer, E., et al. Identification of the source of benzene concentrations at Texas City during SHARP using an adjoint neighborhood-scale transport model and a receptor model. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmos., 118(14) 8023-8031, 2013.
• Olaguer, E.P., Herndon, S.C., Buzcu-Guven, B. et al. Attribution of primary formaldehyde and sulfur dioxide at Texas City during SHARP/formaldehyde and olefins from large industrial releases (FLAIR) using an adjoint chemistry transport model. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmos., 118(19) 11,317-11,326, 2013.
• Zhang, H., Li, J., Ying, Q., Buzcu-Guven, B. Olaguer, E.P., Source apportionment of formaldehyde during TexAQS 2006 using a source-oriented chemical transport model. Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 1525-1535, 2013.
• Stein, R.; Buzcu-Guven, B.; Duenas-Osorio, L.; Subramanian, D. How risk perceptions influence evacuations from hurricanes? Policy Studies Journal, 41: 319–342, 2013.
• Buzcu-Guven, B., and Harriss, R. Extent, impacts, and remedies of global gas flaring and venting. Carbon Manage. 3(1), 2012.
• Duenas-Osorio, L.; Buzcu-Guven, B.; Stein, R.; Subramanian, D. Engineering-Based Hurricane Risk Estimates and Comparison to Perceived Risks in Storm-Prone Areas. Natural Hazards Review. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-------------, 2011.
• Buzcu-Guven, B. and Olaguer, E. “Source Attribution of Ambient Formaldehyde Concentrations in Houston during TexAQS II and TRAMP”. Atmospheric Environment doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.04.079, 2011.
• Buzcu-Guven, B. and Olaguer, E. “Source Attribution of Ambient Formaldehyde Concentrations in Houston during TexAQS II and TRAMP”. Atmospheric Environment, 45(25):4272-4280, 2011.
• Fang, Z. Bedient, P. B., Guven, B. “Long-Term Performance of a Flood Alert System and Upgrade to FAS3: A Houston, Texas, Case Study. J. Hydrologic Eng., 16(10), 818–828, 2011.
• Buzcu-Guven, B. and Fraser, M.P., “Evaluation of VOC Emission Inventory and the Assessment of Event Emissions and Ozone Exceedances in Houston, TX,” Atmospheric Environment, 42, 5032-5043, 2008.
• Buzcu-Guven, B., Brown, S.G., Frankel, A., Hafner, H.R., and Roberts, P.T., “Analysis and apportionment of organic carbon and PM2.5 sources at multiple sites in the Midwestern United States,” J. Air and Waste Manag. Assoc., 57, 606-619, 2007.
• Buzcu, B. and Fraser, M.P., “Source Identification and Apportionment of Volatile Organic Compounds in Houston, TX,” Atmospheric Environment, 40, 2385-2400, 2006.
• Buzcu, B., Yue, Z.W., Fraser, M.P., Nopmongcol, U., and Allen, D., “Secondary Particle Formation and Evidence of Heterogeneous Chemistry during a Wood Smoke Episode in Texas,” J. Geophys. Res.- Atmos., 111, D10S13, doi:10.1029/2005JD006143, 2006.
• Fraser, M.P., Yue, Z.W., and Buzcu, B., "Source Apportionment of Fine Particulate Matter in Houston, TX Using Organic Molecular Markers," Atmospheric Environment, 37 (15): 2117-2123, 2003.
• Buzcu, B., Fraser, M.P., Kulkarni, P., and Chellam, S., "Source Apportionment of Ambient Fine Particles in Houston, TX using Positive Matrix Factorization," Environ. Engr. Sci., 20: 533-545, 2003.
• Fraser, M.P., Buzcu, B., Yue, Z.W., McGaughey, G.R., Desai, N.R., Allen, D.T., Seila, R.L., Lonneman, W.A., and Harley, R.A., “Separation of fine particulate matter emitted from gasoline and diesel vehicles using chemical mass balancing techniques,” Environ. Sci. Technol., 37: 3904- 3909, 2003.

data analysis, modeling, scientific editor, writing, communication