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Ozlem Ergun

Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Global Resilience Institute

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  • 353 Meserve
  • 617.373.6254

Research Focus

Design and management of large-scale networks, supply chain design and resilience, collaboration and crowdsourcing in logistics, humanitarian logistics

About

Dr. Özlem Ergun’s research focuses on the design and management of large-scale networks. She has applied her work on network design, management and collaboration to problems arising in the airline, ocean cargo and trucking industries.  Recently, Dr. Ergun’s work has been focused on the use of systems thinking and mathematical modeling in applications with societal impact. She has worked with organizations that respond to humanitarian crisis around the world, including: UN WFP, IFRC, CARE USA, FEMA, USACE, CDC, AFCEMA, and MedShare International.

Education

  • Ph. D., Operations Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, June 2001
  • B. S., Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, January 1996

Honors & Awards

  • Winner, EURO/INFORMS 2007 Management Science Strategic Innovation Prize given on the subject of Logistics with “Designing mechanisms for the management of carrier alliances”, 2007.
  • Most Cited Paper Award, Signal Processing: Image Communication given to the most cited paper published between the years 2005-2007 with A multi-path selection for multiple description video streaming over overlay networks.”
  • NSF CAREER award, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • INFORMS
  • Mathematical Programming Society

Research Overview

Design and management of large-scale networks, supply chain design and resilience, collaboration and crowdsourcing in logistics, humanitarian logistics

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • M. Celik, A. Lorca, Ö. Ergun. P. Keskinocak, A Decision-Support Tool for Post-Disaster Debris Operations, Production and Operations Mangaement, 26(6), 2017, 1076-1091
  • M. Jahre, J. Kembro, T. Rezvanian, Ö. Ergun, S. J. Håpnes, P. Berling, Integrating Supply Chains for Emergencies and Ongoing Operations in UNHCR , Journal of Operations Management, 45, 2016, 1-134
  • M. Celik, Ö. Ergun, P. Keskinocak, The Post-Disaster Debris Clearance Problem with Incomplete Information, Operations Research, 63(1), 2015, 65-85
  • L. Gui, A. Atasu, Ö. Ergun, B. Toktay, Fair and Efficient Implementation of Collective Extended Producer Responsibility Legislation, Management Science, 2014, 1-56
  • Ö. Ergun, L. Gui, J.L. Heier Stamm, P. Keskinocak, J.L. Swann, Improving Humanitarian Operations Through Collaboration, Production and Operations Management special issue on Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management, 23(6), 2014, 1002-1014

Students

Oct 25, 2019

Students Win 2nd Place in Doing Good with Good OR Competition

Congratulations to MS in Data Analytics Engineering student Keziban Rukiye and PhD in Industrial Engineering student Weijia Jing who won 2nd place in the Doing Good with Good OR student paper competition at the annual INFORMS meeting for this paper “Enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of food aid supply chains: an economic optimization model for USAID food for peace program’s operations in Ethiopia”

Professional Societies

Sep 13, 2019

INFORMS Receives Student Chapter Award

The Northeastern University INFORMS student group has been selected as a winner of the 2019 INFORMS Student Chapter Annual Award at the Magna cum laude level.

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Faculty

Sep 03, 2019

Ergun and Kane to Work on $1.2M NSF Grant for Algorithmic Workplace

Law Associate Professor Hilary Robinson, MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun, CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane, CSSH Professor Steven Vallas, and Juliet Schor from Boston College were awarded a $1.2M NSF grant for creating an “Understanding the Algorithmic Workplace: A Multi-Method Study for Comprehensive Optimization of Platforms”.

Graduate

Nov 05, 2018

INFORMS Receives 2018 Student Chapter Award

For the second year in a row, and the third since the club’s formation, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) at Northeastern was one of the schools awarded the Student Chapter Cum Laude Award. The club, which had 72 members in 2016, has grown to 273 graduate students who are pursuing […]

Faculty

Sep 06, 2018

Creating an Optimal Sharing Economy

Professors Ozlem Ergun (MIE), Haris Koutsopoulos (CEE), and Jennie Stephens (CSSH/Affiliated CEE) were awarded a $99K NSF grant for a “Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Sharing economy – Humans, Automation, Resilience and Engineering: SHARE”.

Faculty

Sep 04, 2018

Ergun to Speak on NAE Panel

MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun was invited to talk in a panel at the National Academies of Engineering workshop on "Medical Product Shortages during Disasters: Opportunities to Predict, Prevent, and Respond" sponsored by ASPR (HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response) on September 5-6, 2018.

Student Groups

Aug 29, 2018

INFORMS Receives 2018 Student Chapter Award

For the second year in a row, and the third since the club’s formation, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) at Northeastern was one of the schools awarded the Student Chapter Cum Laude Award.

Faculty

Jun 13, 2018

Ergun Selected for National Committee on Building Adaptable and Resilient Supply Chains

MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun has been appointed to a national committee tasked with capturing key lessons about supply and distribution networks under strain during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Source: Global Resilience Institute Northeastern University Professor and Global Resilience Institute (GRI) Faculty Affiliate Dr. Özlem Ergun has been appointed to a committee tasked with capturing […]

Faculty

May 01, 2018

Faculty and Staff Awards 2018

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Faculty

Feb 27, 2018

Northeastern Professor Creates New Way to Help Cities Recover from Disasters

MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun’s research was featured on the cover of the Metro Boston article “Northeastern professor creates new way to help cities recover from disasters”.

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