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Karen Smilowitz

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

Graduate Students




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

Liwei Zeng
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: A case study with American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region.

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.