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Pinar Keskinocak, Ph.D.

William W. George Chair

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Pinar Keskinocak

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Email: Campus Phone: 404-894-2325
Fax: 404-894-2301
Office Location: Groseclose 0205, Room 408

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Pinar Keskinocak is the William W. George Chair in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Associate Director of Research for the Health Systems Institute, and the co-director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics at Georgia Institute of Technology. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, in 1991 and 1992, and a Ph.D. in operations research from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. Before joining Georgia Tech, she was with IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.

Her research focuses on applications of operations research and management science with societal impact (particularly health and humanitarian applications) and supply chain management, with an emphasis on resource allocation, revenue management, auctions/pricing, due date/lead-time decisions, production planning/scheduling, and logistics/transportation. She has worked on projects in several industries including automotive, semiconductor, paper manufacturing, printing, healthcare, and airlines. She is actively engaged in research and applications in healthcare and humanitarian logistics. Her research has been published in journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, Interfaces, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, BMC Public Health, Epidemiology and Infection.

Dr. Keskinocak serves as the department editor of the Policy Modeling and Public Sector/Area of Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and IIE Transactions, and a department editor for IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. She is one of the founding members of the INFORMS-JFIG (Junior Faculty Interaction Group) and INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service, and Needs group, and has served as the president of both sections. She also has served as the INFORMS Vice President of Membership and Professional Recognition; Chair of the INFORMS Doctoral Colloquium in 2003; Chair of the Nicholson Prize in 2005; Vice President-Projects and Vice President-Meetings, INFORMS Forum on Education (INFORM-ED); Treasurer, MSOM Society; and President and Vice President-Meetings, INFORMS Forum for Women in OR/MS (WORMS).

Honors & Awards

  • Moving Spirit Award for outstanding volunteers who have been "moving spirits" in their chapters or subdivisions, INFORMS 2005
  • CETL (Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning )/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award February
  • Women in Engineering Excellence Teaching Faculty Award March 2005
  • Operations Research Meritorius Service Award 2002
  • Career Award, National Science Foundation 2001
  • Best teaching case award for "Managing Operations in the Time-shared Jet Business", INFORMS Nov 2000
  • Best workshop paper award for "Decision Support for Managing and Electronic Supply Chain", Workshop on Agents in E-commerce, The First Asia-Pacific Conference of Intelligent Agent Technology Dec 1999
  • Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice 1998
  • Honorable mention, George Nicholson Student Paper Competition, INFORMS March 1998
  • Doctoral Fellowship, William Larimer Mellon Foundation Sept 1992 - Aug 1997
  • Undergraduate fellowship, Bilkent University Sept 1987-June 1991


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