Turgay Ayer, a Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair and a professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, was selected to speak at The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). 

Engineers who are performing exceptional research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the two-and-a-half-day event. The participants — from the industry, academia, and government — were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.  

Ayer also serves as the research director for healthcare analytics and business intelligence in the Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech and holds a courtesy appointment at Emory Medical School. 

Ayer's contributions to the field have also led to his role as a senior advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as his position as an associate editor for Operations Research, Management Science, and MSOM. Additionally, he has served as the past president of the INFORMS Health Application Society. 

His research focuses on healthcare analytics and socially responsible business analytics with a particular emphasis on practice-focused research. His research papers have been published in top tier management, engineering, and medical journals; along with being covered by popular media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, U.S. News, and NPR. 

The symposium will be hosted by the University of Colorado, Boulder, September 10-13, 2023, and will explore four themes: 

  •     Engineered Quantum Systems 

  •     Mining and Mineral Resource Production 

  •     Resilience and Security in the Information Ecosystem 

  •     Complex Systems in the Context of Health Care 

Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than 5,000 early-career engineers have participated in previous symposia, many of whom have gone on to become national leaders in the engineering community. Georgia Tech is proud to partner with organizations like The Grainger Foundation to promote a vibrant engineering profession and public appreciation of engineering.