Research Focus

My research focuses on developing mathematical models to support decision making in humanitarian supply chains and identifying opportunities to improve the current operations by developing innovative solutions and new policies and insights.

Humanitarian supply chains and operations offer a wide array of new and interesting research topics for Operations Research/Management Science researchers. My research is problem-driven, which requires identifying, developing and using the best approach and methodologies for the problem at hand. Often, the problems that arise in humanitarian contexts have unique aspects, which must be handled by developing novel methodologies. I typically use mathematical modeling, deterministic and stochastic optimization, and heuristic techniques in my projects.

In my research, I try to closely collaborate with practitioners, where possible,  which is essential to better understand the unique aspects humanitarian environment and develop methods and solutions with practical value. I am also excited to work with researchers from other related disciplines in order to produce innovative solutions and technologies to improve humanitarian operations and disaster management practices.


Example Ongoing Research Projects

Benefits of stock sharing in the humanitarian depots.

Joint project with ESUPS


Collaborative prepositioning network design.

Joint project with CDEMA.



Funded Research/Industry Projects

  • Researcher, “Covid19 Network Technology based Responsive Action“, funded by Norwegian Research Council (PI: Hossein Baharmand), 2020-2021.
  • PI, “Resource Planning Problems and Models for Effective Management of Chronic Dialysis Patients after a Disaster“, funded by TUBITAK 1001, 2020 – 2023.
  • PI, “Modelling and Analysis of Stock Sharing and Postponement Strategies in Humanitarian Relief Depots“, funded by TUBITAK 1002, 2020 – 2021.
  • PI, “A collaborative pre-positioning model for strengthening regional disaster response capacity“, funded by TUBITAK 2219 program, October 2017-July 2018.
  • PI, “Selective Routing Problems for Post-Disaster Needs Assessment: Models and Solution Methods“, funded by TUBITAK 3501 program, March 2014-September 2016.
  • Researcher, “Stochastic Programming Models for the Post-disaster Relief Network Design Problem“, funded by TUBITAK 3501 program (PI: N. Noyan), March 2012-September 2015.
  • Researcher, “Design and Control Principles for Non-Profit Supply Chains“, funded by National Science Foundation (PIs: S. Iravani, K. Smilowitz), July 2009- Sept. 2010.
  • Researcher, “Inter-organizational Decision Making and Organizational Design for Improved ICT Coordination in Disaster Relief “, funded by National Science Foundation (PIs: C. Maitland, J. Yen, A. Tapia, B. Beamon), September 2007-June 2008.
  • Researcher, “Inventory Policies for Pre-Positioned Response in Humanitarian Relief “, funded by Royalty Research Fund at University of Washington (PI: B. Beamon), September 2007-June 2008.




  • Faculty Research Excellence Award, Ozyegin University, 2020.
  • Best Paper Award, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) College of Humanitarian Operations & Crisis Management, 2019.
  • Research scholarship, TUBITAK 2219 International Research Support program, 2017-2018.
  • Outstanding reviewer award, Production and Operations Management, 2018.
  • Young scientist award, The Science Academy of Turkey, 2014.
  • Invited panel chair, World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, 23-24 May 2016.
  • Career award, TUBITAK 3501 program, 2014-2016.
  • Outstanding reviewer award, Interfaces, 2011.
  • Outstanding reviewer award, Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2011.
  • Research scholarship, Commerce and Industry Fund, Hanken School of Economics, HUMLOG Institute, Helsinki, Finland, 2010.
  • Teaching assistant innovator award, UW College of Engineering, 2007.
  • Outstanding graduate female award, UW Society of Women Engineers, 2006 and 2008.
  • Clairmont L. Egtvedt fellowship, UW College of Engineering, 2006-2007.
  • Travel grant, University of Washington, Interdisciplinary Program in Humanitarian Relief, 2005.
  • Top scholar award, University of Washington Graduate School, 2005.