Sila Çetinkaya, PhD., Hunt Institute Senior Fellow, Department Chair and Professor Cecil H. Green Professor of Engineering Engineering Management, Information, and SystemsSila Cetinkaya, Ph.D. is a Hunt Institute Senior Fellow, the Departmental Chair and Professor for Engineering Management, Information, and Sytems at the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. Professor Cetinkaya joined SMU Lyle in 2014 as the Cecil H. Green Professor of Engineering in the EMIS Department and holds a courtesy appointment in the Information Technology and Operations Management (ITOM) Department in SMU’s Cox School of Business. She has received numerous national awards, including the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Cetinkaya was also selected for Frontiers of Engineering by the National Academy of Engineering in 2005 and was named an IIE Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers in 2012 for her professional leadership and outstanding contributions.

Dr. Cetinkaya has a strong record of academic and professional service and has taken on leadership roles in several areas. Prior to joining SMU’s Lyle School, she served as the Associate Head of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. Professor Cetinkaya has served on the editorial board of five (5) scientific journals including IIE Transactions and Naval Research Logistics and on the organization and program committees of several international conferences including IIE and INFORMS.

Dr. Cetinkaya earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1989. She obtained her Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1991 from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and was awarded the Ph.D. in Management Science in 1996 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Cetinkaya speaks to her motivation in her work, “For me, research is the single most effective way of simultaneous engagement with some of the most immediate stakeholders of higher education and our society: students, faculty, and industry, all of whom happen to be represented by my research collaborators.”

For a complete list of her appointments, research, publications, grants, selected invited seminars, PhD students, selected awards, and service in outreach, visit her professional website.

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