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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.


  • 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

Research & Scholarship Interests

Design and management of large-scale networks, supply chain design, collaboration, humanitarian logistics
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College Research Initiatives

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

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • Ö. Özener, Ö. Ergun, M. Savelsbergh, Allocating Cost of Service to Customers in Inventory Routing, Operations Research, 61(1), 2013, 112-125
  • Ö. Ergun, G. Karakus, P. Kerl, P. Keskinocak, J. Swann, et al., Disaster Response Planning in the Private Sector and the Role of Operations Research, Handbook of Operations Research for Homeland Security, Springer, 183, 2012, 197-217
  • R. Agarwal, Ö. Ergun, Network Design and Allocation Mechanisms for Carrier Alliances in Liner Shipping, Operations Research, 58(6), 2010, 1726-1742
  • D. Altner, Ö. Ergun, N.A. Uhan, On the Maximum Flow Network Interdiction Problem, Operations Research Letters, 38, 2010, 33-38
  • R. DesRoches, Ö. Ergun, J. Swann, Haiti’s Eternal Weight, Op-ed in New York Times, July 7, 2010
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Related News

October 30, 2017

Congratulations to the several MIE faculty and students that were recognized at the INFORMS 2017 Annual Meeting.

October 17, 2017

MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun was one of five experts to weigh in on Axios's article "The road to recovery for Puerto Rico" for her expertise in Short-term relief, long-term resilience.

September 29, 2017

CSSH/CEE Professor Matthias Ruth and MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun suggest how Puerto Rico can rebuild their electricity infrastructure to better handle future hurricane and storm seasons.