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Ozlem Ergun

Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Global Resilience Institute


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Research Focus

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


Dr. Özlem Ergun’s research focuses on the design and management of large-scale and decentralized networks. She has applied her work on network design, management, and resilience to problems arising in many critical systems including transportation, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. She has worked with organizations that respond to emergencies and humanitarian crises around the world, including USAID, UNWFP, UNHCR, IFRC, OXFAM America, CARE USA, FEMA, USACE, CDC, AFCEMA, and MedShare International. Dr. Ergun contributes regularly to Auribus Consulting, a Boston-based management consulting firm, as a logistics and analytics expert. Dr. Ergun has also been a leader in establishing a strong community of OR/MS professionals with an interest in public programs. She was the President of INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs in 2013. She currently serves as the Area Editor at the Operations Research journal for Policy Modeling and the Public Sector Area. Dr. Ergun is also a founding co-chair of the annual Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference, held annually since 2009.


  • 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

  • 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


Sep 11, 2020

Evaluating the Security of the Medical Product Supply Chain

MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun will serve on a committee for the “Security of America’s Medical Product Supply Chain” established by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


Jul 29, 2020

Improving Medical Staffing in Long Term Care During Pandemic

MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun was awarded a $101K NSF RAPID grant for “Collecting Supply, Demand, and Matching Data for Assigning Medical Staff to Long Term Care Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

Apr 29, 2020

Matching COVID Care Workers with Open Massachusetts Jobs

Professor Ozlem Ergun, mechanical and industrial engineering, and her team, in collaboration with the state of Massachusetts, created a matching optimization algorithm and on online portal called COVID-19 Long Term Care Facility Staffing Team. The portal coordinates the intake of job applicants’ information and matches it automatically to an ever-changing list of facility staffing needs.


Apr 17, 2020

Researchers Receive $100K NSF RAPID Grant for Drug Supply Chain Shortages

MIE Assistant Professor Jacqueline Griffin, ECE Professor David Kaeli, MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun, and affiliate faculty Stacy Marsella & Casper Harteveld were awarded a $100K NSF RAPID grant for “Rapid Monitoring and Assessment of Critical Pharmaceutical Supply Chains.” The work will be done in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacy at MGH and OrbitalRx.


Feb 20, 2020

In Short Supply

MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun discusses the systemic causes of shortages and what kind of solutions are worth studying in Tradeoff’s podcast episode “In Short Supply”.

Kritika Singh, founder and director of Northeastern University Global Health Initiative, speaks during the Global Health in a Changing World conference


Feb 10, 2020

Addressing the Global Concerns of Human Health

Kritika Singh, BioE’20, is the founder and director of the Northeastern University Global Health Initiative student group and organized the recent Global Health in a Changing World: People, Planet, and Technology conference.


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.

Portraits of Ergun & Kane


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”.


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 […]

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