Merve Olmez Turan

Merve Turan

Postdoctoral Researcher-Finance/Economics

Merve Turan joined NREL’s Grid Planning and Analysis Center in 2022 as a postdoctoral researcher in the Capacity Expansion & Electricity Markets Group. Her research focus is on the development of optimization model for power system investments. Merve also is interested in mineral and energy market decisions and supply chain analysis. 

Research Interests

Power systems modeling and analysis

Fuel and electricity market interactions

Optimization and modeling techniques


Ph.D., Mineral and Energy Economics, Colorado School of Mines

M.S., Mining Engineering, Middle East Technical University

B.S., Mining Engineering, Middle East Technical University

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, Middle East Technical University

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (2019–2022)

Teaching Assistant, Colorado School of Mines (2019–2019)