Figen Balo was born in Turkey. She received the B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Firat University in 1990. She worked at the Ministry of Education. From 2000 to 2012, she worked as engineer at the Ministry of Public Works and Settlement. She received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Firat University Since 2012, she is a Professor, head of department in Industrial Engineering and a Member of Engineering Faculty Committee at Firat University. She has published 115 papers in journals and conferences. 

Research interests: Her main research area is natural energy sources,  building and insulation materials containing natural sources (such as natural vegetable oils, natural fibers, clay...etc.), natural waste assessment,  renewable energy, energy efficiency of buildings, optimization of energy efficiency,  multi criteria decision making for the best selection of equipment at renewable energy systems.