Nur H. Orak

Curriculum Vitae

 

EDUCATION

Carnegie Mellon University, PA, U.S.

2012 – 2016                Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Adviser: Mitchell J. Small, Ph.D.

Thesis: Nonlinear Statistical Models for Evaluating Exposure-Health Relationships

 

Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

2012                            M.S., Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Adviser: Elif Pehlivanoğlu-Mantaş, Ph.D.

Thesis: A Comparative Examination of Trihalomethane and N-Nitrosodimethylamine Formation

 

2010                            B.S., Environmental Engineering

Adviser: Isik Kabdasli, Ph.D.

Thesis: Visible Light-Induced Photocatalysis of Formic and Oxalic Acids with S-Doped, Fe-Loaded Titania

 

2006-2007                   B.S. course work, Chemistry

 

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Aug 07 – Jan 08          Exchange Student (B.S. course work), Environmental Engineering

Thesis: Photocatalytic analyze of Titanium Dioxide on Formic acid

 

Anadolu University, Turkey

2012                            B.S., Business Administration (open and distance education)

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Chair, ASCE-EWRI Pittsburgh Professional Chapter, March 2017-Present

Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, No 2016-Present

Visiting Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Nov 2016- Present

Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Sep 2016-Nov 2016

President, ASCE-EWRI Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student Chapter, U.S., 2015-2016

Board Member, ASCE-EWRI Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student Chapter, U.S., 2013   - Present

Board Member, ASCE-EWRI National Student Council, U.S., 2015- Present

Research Assistant, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, Dec 11 - Aug 12

Intern, Istanbul Technical University Labs, Turkey, Jun 07 - Aug 07

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

Ambient Air Quality Near a Marcellus Shale Well Pad in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Post-Doc Fellow, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Nov 2016-Present

A Bayesian Statistical Model for Understanding the Air Quality Impacts of Unconventional Shale Gas Extraction, Post-Doc Fellow, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Nov 2016-Present

Area-Level socioeconomic deprivation, nitrogen dioxide exposure, particulate matter exposure, and term birth weight in New York City, Visiting Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Sep 2016-Present

Developing Statistical Methods for Evaluating Exposure-Health Relationships, Graduate research, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012 - 2016

Exploring New Risk Assessment Approaches for Prenatal Arsenic Exposure, Visiting Scholar, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Oct 15 - Nov 15

THM, NDMA and their precursors in Buyukcekmece Watershed and Treatment Plant, Istanbul Technical University, Graduate research, Jun 10 - Aug 12

Photocatalytic analyze of Titanium Dioxide on Formic acid, Undergraduate research, Istanbul Technical University, Jan 09 - Jan 10

Disinfection by-products in drinking water, Istanbul Technical University Labs, Volunteer Research Assistant, Feb 08 - Jun 08

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, U.S., 2012 - 2016

Teaching Assistant, Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Class, Primary Instructor: Dr. Scott Matthews, Spring 2015

Teaching Assistant, Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Class, Primary Instructor: Dr. Chris Hendrickson, Spring 2014

Guest Lecturer, Energy Demand and Utilization Class, Primary Instructor: Mario Berges, 2014 Fall

Teaching Assistant, Department of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 2011 - 2012

Teaching Assistant, Design and Operation of Water Treatment Facilities Class, Primary Instructor: Dr. Ismail Koyuncu, Spring 2012

Visiting Scholar, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, U.S., Oct 15 - Nov 15

            Workshop, Bayesian Belief Networks, Fall 2015

 

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

Contribution, Design Guideline for Wastewater Treatment Facilities, 2012, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Forestry and Water Management

JOURNAL ARTICLES

N. H. Orak, N. J. Pekney, M. Reeder, 2017, Air Pollution Risk Associated with Unconventional Shale Gas Development, Journal of Energy & Environmental Science (in preparation)

N. H. Orak, N. J. Pekney, M. Reeder, 2017, Understanding the Air Quality Impacts of Unconventional Shale Gas Extraction: A Case Study of Western Pennsylvania, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (in preparation)

N.H. Orak, J. E. Clougherty, 2017, Evaluating social stressors and air pollution across New York

City communities using factor analysis, Journal Environmental Health Perspectives (in preparation)

N.H. Orak, J. E. Clougherty, M. J. Small, 2017, A Probabilistic Methodology for Area-Level socioeconomic deprivation, nitrogen dioxide exposure, particulate matter exposure, and term birth weight in New York City, Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (in preparation)

N.H. Orak, M. J. Small, M. J. Druzdzel, 2017, Network-Based Framework for Dose-Response Study Design and Interpretation, Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives (in preparation)

N.H. Orak, T. Yilmaz Ozsenturk, E. Topuz, E. Aydin, M. Gurel, E. Ates Genceli, E. Erdim, E. Pehlivanoglu-Mantas, 2017, Trihalometan ve N-Nitrosodimetilamin Oluşumunun Yüzeysel Sularda Karşılaştırmalı Olarak İncelenmesi: Dezenfeksiyon Metotlarının ve Antropojenik Kirleticilerin Etkisi, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi-Mühendislik Fakültesi Fen ve Mühendislik Dergisi (in preparation)

N.H. Orak, M. J. Small, 2016, Implication of a Statistical Occurrence Model for Mixture Toxicity Estimation, Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, DOI: 10.1080/10807039.2016.1247255

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

N. H. Orak, N. J. Pekney, M. Reeder, 2017,Ambient Air Quality near a Marcellus Shale Well Pad in Southwestern Pennsylvania, A&WMA’s 110th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA, US, 06.05.2017-06.08.2017

E. Topuz, E.A.Genceli, N.H.Orak, E. Aydin, M. Gürel, E. Pehlivanoğlu-Mantaş, "Effect of chlorination and chloramination on THM and NDMA formation in a drinking water treatment plant", 09/2011, 13th EucHeMS International Conference on Chemistry and Environment, Zurich, Switzerland, 11.09.2011 - 15.09.2011

T. Ölmez-Hancı, N.H. Orak, A. Tetik, I. Kabdaslı, T. Ohno, I. Arslan-Alaton, O. Tünay, 2009, Visible Light-Induced Photocatalysis of Formic and Oxalic Acids with S-Doped, Fe-Loaded Titania; First International Workshop on Application of Redox Technologies in the Environment, Turkey

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

N. H. Orak, N. J. Pekney, M. Reeder, Ambient Air Quality Near a Marcellus Shale Well Pad in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Air and Waste Management Association Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 5-8, 2017Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.

N. H. Orak, N. J. Pekney, M. Reeder, A Bayesian Statistical Model for Understanding the Air Quality Impacts of Unconventional Shale Gas Extraction, , 16th World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, ASCE-EWRI, 2017 May 21-25; Sacramento, CA, U.S.

N.H. Orak, M.J. Small, Implications of a Statistical Occurrence Model for Mixture Toxicity Estimation, invited speaker, 15th World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, ASCE-EWRI, 2016 May 22-26; West Palm Beach, FL, U.S.

N.H. Orak, M.J. Small, J. M. Gibson, M. Druzdzel, A Probabilistic Methodology for Risk Assessment of Arsenic Exposure and Adverse Reproductive Outcomes, oral presentation, 15th World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, ASCE-EWRI, 2016 May 22-26; West Palm Beach, FL, U.S.

N.H. Orak, M.J. Small, Risk Assessment of Chemical Mixtures, Poster session presented at 14th World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, ASCE-EWRI, 2015 May 22-26; Austin, TX, U.S.

N.H. Orak, M.J. Small, Potential Risk of Unidentified Mixture Toxicities in Natural Source Waters, Poster session presented at 54th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, Society of Toxicology,  2015 March 22-26; San Diego, CA U.S.

N.H. Orak, M.J. Small, Risk Assessment of Chemical Mixtures: Effects of Concentration Variation and Sampling Omission on Estimated Mixture Toxicity, Poster session presented at 7th Annual Sustainability Conference, EWRI-Pittsburgh, 2015 May 5; Braddock, PA U.S.

N.H. Orak, M.J. Small, Mixture Toxicity Estimation, Back-up Speaker, Palisade Annual Risk Conference, 2014 November 19-20; New Orleans, LA, U.S.

N.H. Orak, J. Chen, How Does Transportation Phase of Concrete Production Affect the Environment?, Poster session presented at 6th Annual Sustainability Conference, EWRI-Pittsburgh, 2014 March; Pittsburgh, PA U.S.

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Young Professional Best Paper Award for the Industrial, Government, and Public Services Group, The Air & Waste Management Association’s 110th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA, US, June 2017

Graduate Student Best Technical Paper Award, ASCE-World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in West Palm Beach, Florida, US, May 2016

Dean’s Ph.D. Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012

Ph.D. Fellowship, Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Education, 2012 - 2016

M.S. Fellowship, the Scientific and Technologic Research Council of Turkey, 2010 - 2012

B.S. Fellowship, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Youth and Sport, 2005 - 2010

Steven J. Fenves Travel Grant, Carnegie Mellon University, May 2015

Steven J. Fenves Travel Grant, Carnegie Mellon University, March 2015

CERTIFICATES

International Research Considerations Seminar: Shipping and Setting Up a New Lab, CMU Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC), U.S., 2014

Fundamentals of Resource Development in NGOs, Bosporus University, Turkey, 2010

Common Purpose 2nd Meridian Program (6 months leadership training), Turkey, 2009

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001, Turkey, 2008

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS) 18001, Turkey, 2008

MEMBERSHIP

Society of Toxicology (SOT)

ASCE-Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), Associate member

International Water Association (IWA)

Chamber of Environmental Engineers, Turkey

Society of Women Engineers (SWE), CMU