Current Position: Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Robert G. Schwartz University Endowed Fellow in Business Administration, Research Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research, Supply Chain and Information Systems, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University.
Areas of Expertise: Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Product Variety Management, Retail Assortment Planning, Mass Customization.
Brief Summary of Career: Prior to Birmingham, I had studied industrial engineering (at Bilkent). Post Birmingham, I switched to the field of operations management, and completed my PhD studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management. I have been in academia since then. Most of my time (around two-thirds) goes to research, primarily into the management of product variety. I have been studying the supply and demand side aspects of product variety, with an eye toward optimizing relevant firm decisions, such as inventories, prices and assortments. Currently my teaching activities (primarily at the undergraduate level) are focused at supply chain strategy.
How I can help as an Alumni Ambassador: I look forward to offering thoughts and advice to anyone considering academic or industry careers in supply chain management.