Ismail Albayrak completed his B.Sc. study in Civil Engineering and M.Sc. in Hydraulic Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 2000 and 2003, respectively. He obtained his PhD degree in Environmental Hydraulics in 2008 at Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory (Laboratoire d'Hydraulique Environnementale, LHE), EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland and specialized in hydraulics of open channel flow with focus on turbulence. He worked as a research fellow in the project of ‘Biophysics of flow-plant interactions in aquatic systems’ in the Environmental Hydraulics Group at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK between 2008-2011. Since 2011, he has worked as senior researcher and lecturer in the Hydraulic Structures Division, at Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. In 2014, he joined the SCCER-SoE team as a senior researcher.
Ismail Albayrak’s principal research interests lie in the fields of Hydraulic Engineering and Research, Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Fluid Mechanics with particular focus on: hydro-abrasion on hydraulic structures, by-pass tunnels and turbines, (ii) reservoir sedimentation issues at hydroelectric projects (iii) sediment transport in super-critical open-channel flow, (iv) eco-hydraulics: upstream and downstream fish migrations, flow-biota interactions at multiple scales.
He works as a member of SCCER-SoE in the group of WP2 - hydropower usage. He is responsible of developing and managing of research projects. His research will focus on hydropower production and infrastructure adaption. The main project aims at the improvement of sediment evacuation systems to counteract reservoir sedimentation and guarantee reservoir sustainability in the future and exploring new potential sites for hydropower development in periglacial environment. The goals are to guarantee a safe and efficient operation of hydropower plants and to increase energy production under both changing climate and environmental conditions.