Oktay Gunluk

Affiliate Professor



  • Ph.D. Operations Research (1995), Columbia University
  • M.Phil. Operations Research (1993), Columbia University
  • M.S. Industrial Engineering (1989), Boğaziçi University
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering (1987), Boğaziçi University


Oktay Gunluk will join the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech as Gary C. Butler Family Professor in the summer of 2024. He is currently a professor of practice in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University. Before joining Cornell, he was the manager of the Mathematical Optimization and Algorithms group at IBM Research. He has also spent three years as a researcher in the Operations Research group in AT&T Labs. At both of these industrial labs, in addition to basic research in mathematical optimization, he has worked on various large-scale applied optimization projects for internal and external customers. 

Professor Gunluk's main research interests are related to theoretical and computational aspects of discrete optimization problems, mainly in the area of integer programming. In particular, his main body of work is in the area of cutting planes for mixed-integer sets. Some of his recent work focuses on developing integer programming-based approaches to classification problems in machine learning.