Ms. Akpinar received a double bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering from the Ataturk University, Turkey. She received her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Ataturk University with three years of teaching assistant experience. Ms. Akpinar is now a Ph.D. (c). student in Water Resource Engineering at the University of Delaware. Her research focuses on understanding biochar’s impact on plant growth, nutrient removal and hydrology in bioretention systems and the mechanisms by which biochar enhances soil aggregation, compaction and stormwater infiltration when amended to the soil.