McCormick | Northwestern Engineering _

Karen Smilowitz

James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences

Graduate Students




Mariana Escallon Barrios
Operations Research for volunteer management.

Eugene Wickett
Analysis of illicit pharmaceutical supply chains. Co-advised with Matt Plumlee.

Pol Boada Collado
Dynamic procurement with partial information. Co-advised with Sunil Chopra.

Liwei Zeng, Ph.D. 2020
Covering tour problems with special network structures. Co-advised with Sunil Chopra.

Mehmet Basdere, Ph.D. 2018
Methods and models to improve preparedness and response for mass gathering events. Co-advised with Sanjay Mehrotra.


Kezban Yagci Sokat, Ph.D. 2017
Advancing dynamic relief response: Integration of new data streams and routing models. Co-advised with Irina Dolinskaya.

Samantha Meyer, Ph.D. 2015
Resource dependence in education systems. Co-advised with Paul Leonardi and Jim Spillane.

Tingting Jiang, Ph.D. 2015
Improving health by improving access: operations planning in improving community health outcomes. Co-advised with Seyed Iravani and Sarang Deo.

Joseph Warfel, Ph.D. 2017.
Design and operations of non-profit distribution systems. Co-advised with Seyed Iravani.

Luis de la Torre, Ph.D. 2015
Dynamic, periodic vehicle routing for distribution of disaster relief aid. Co-advised with Irina Dolinskaya.

Michael Huang, Ph.D. 2010
Incorporating equity, efficiency and efficacy in relief routing.

Robert Lien, Ph.D. 2008
Design principles for flexible distribution systems. Co-advised with Seyed Iravani.

Guangming Zhang, Ph.D. 2008
Intermodal drayage operations.

Peter Francis, Ph.D. 2006
Service choice in periodic distribution operations: models and algorithms.

Colleen Ross, MS 2013
Medical data analysis for road races. Co-advised with Sanjay Mehrotra.

Samuel Ellis, MS 2013
Scheduling models for community-based health care.

Andrew Fox, MSiA 2014
Volunteer engagement in the age of analytics.

Post Docs


Burcu Balcik
Relief routing models and solution approaches. Non-profit food distribution (with Seyed Iravani). Currently an Associate Professor at Ozyegin University.

Armagan Bayram
Community based health care. Co-advised with Seyed Iravani and Sarang Deo. Currently an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Marilene Cherkesly
Community based health care. Co-advised with Marie-Eve Rancourt. Currently an Assistant Professor at l'Ecole des Sciences de la Gestion of l'Universite du Quebec a Montreal.

Reut Noham
TAU-Northwestern fellow, Humanitarian logistics.