Serkan Erdem

Serkan Erdem

Career Interests

Energy Consulting & Engineering, Sustainability & Renewable Energy Management

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, Energy & Environment, Fulbright Scholar 
Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC, 3.89/4.00, May 2017 Certificate in Sustainable Systems | Courses: Power Markets, Advanced Corporate Finance, Energy Modeling, Lifecycle Assessment, Power Systems, Energy Economics & Policy, Energy Technologies, Applied Data Analysis, Decision Analysis. 

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Graduated 3rd in the class of 2014 with high honors
Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, 3.54/4.00, 2014 
Leader of the graduation project team that won the departmental environmental services design competition 
Relevant Coursework: Pollution Prevention, Climate Change, Water & Wastewater Treatment | Certificate in Entrepreneurship 
Papers & Projects: Industrial Symbiosis, Global Warming, Biological Nutrient Removal, Water Supply Network Design. 

Erasmus Scholar, Exchange Semester, BS & MS level courses in Energy, Waste Treatment & Contaminated Sites University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, 3.86/4.00, 2013

Professional Experience

HanesBrands Inc. (HBI),  Renewable Energy (RE) Consultant (Duke Master’s Project), Winston-Salem, NC [Apr 2016 - ]
Make a business case for HBI to prioritize implementation of RE technologies by analyzing energy & utility data from their 50 facilities, crafting novel financial methods for RE options, and building a scalable 1 MW RE model for investment decisions.

Cree Inc., Sustainability Consultant (Duke Capstone Project), Durham, NC [Sept 2016 - ] Conduct a materiality assessment for Cree by interviewing department heads and surveying internal & external stakeholders, and helping them develop their first Corporate Social Responsibility report, helping Cree bolster their sustainability efforts.

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), Stanback Energy Efficiency Fellow, Raleigh, NC –  [Summer 2016]
Assisted NCSEA & its partners in grant writing and getting the $459,000 Cities LEAP grant from DOE, compiled a database of energy conservation measures, participated in NCSEA’s energy storage working group, produced educational materials.

Embassy of Ireland, Protocol Officer, Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey, [Mar-May 2015, May 2016] Hosted the President of Ireland & his delegation of 20 in Turkey for the first ever UN World Humanitarian Summit led by Ban Ki-moon, handled relations with the Turkish Presidency, organized receptions, executed consular administrative duties.

Duke University Center for Sustainability & Commerce, Student Researcher, Durham, NC  [Sept 2015-Apr 2016]
Worked with Cotton Inc. to analyze global supply chain sustainability of the cotton industry, explored risks & opportunities. 
Performed Comparative LCA on plastic & glass food containers to investigate impacts of products and reduction strategies.

Duke University Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI), Student Project Consultant, Durham, NC [Sept-Nov 2015] 
Determined environmental implications of incentivizing Duke staff to switch to EVs, conducted cost & benefit analysis.

ENCON Environmental Consultancy, Environmental Management Systems Intern, Ankara, Turkey [Aug-Sept 2012]
Organized & edited EIAs related to mining, calculated water balance in project areas, examined compliance with regulations.

ASELSAN, Water, Wastewater & Sustainability Engineering Intern, Ankara, Turkey [Aug-Sept 2011]
Investigated the sustainability, chemical WWTP & waste management plan of the company, developed efficiency measures.

Additional Information

- Only environment-focused recipient of Fulbright Scholarship in Turkey among the 64 scholars of the 2015-16 cycle. 
- Winner of Google Creative Skills for Innovation Workshop administrated by Google correspondents at METU. 
- One of 11 finalists in Daikin Executive Trainee Program out of 1000 applicants, one of 5 to receive a job offer.

Software: [Proficient]: MS Office, openLCA, Stata, Tableau; [Basic knowledge]: AutoCAD, WaterCAD, MATLAB, SmartDraw
Clubs: Duke Nicholas School's Energy Club, Business & Environment Club | Duke Basketball Committee: Member, Usher
Volunteering: “Let’s Do It! Turkiye”



carbon accounting
climate change
energy efficiency
excel modeling
greenhouse gas mitigation strategies
presentation development
project management
waste reduction and management


Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry