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Join us at the 2022 Health and Humanitarian Logistics (HHL) Conference! 

The conference will be held on November 16th - 17th, in-person with simulcast participation, at the Brussels Expo in conjunction with AidEx 2022 - The World's Leading Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Event. HHL 2022 will focus on sustainable local procurement, last mile delivery, and health supply chain capacity development, with special topics on migrant crises and the Ukraine response and the role of technology in humanitarian response. Register to attend in-person or virtually here


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Student Highlights


Arden Baxter and Kirthana Hampapur Complete Ph.D. Defense

Arden Baxter's thesis focused on developing algorithms for coordinated resource allocation problems with applications in emergency management and disaster response. Arden will continue her journey at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Experience Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow.

Kirthana Hampapur's thesis consists of two streams of work: (i) effective appointment scheduling in rehabilitation centers, and (ii) a sophisticated simulation model of the deceased-donor kidney transplant allocation system in the US. Kirthana is now a research scientist at Amazon. Congratulations to you both on your hard work and best wishes in your future endeavors! 

Buse Eylul Oruc Aglar Receives IISE Fellowship

April Zhuoting Yu

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Buse Eylul Oruc Aglar for receiving the Institute of Industrial and System Engineers (IISE) Gilbreth Memorial Fellowship for the 2022 - 2023 academic year! Buse is co-advised by Professors Pinar Keskinocak and Mohit Singh. Buse's research spans infectious disease modeling, intervention impact monitoring and evaluation, and post-disaster debris management. Congratulations Buse! 

Spring 2022 Undergraduate Senior Design Winners

Congratulations to Santa's Industrial HelpersThe team reengineered the entire order fulfillment process for The Empty Stocking Fund to increase their capacity and reach thousands more families before Christmas Eve. The team’s hard work is already being tested for the next holiday season. Team members include Etienne Batiste, Haoxuan Huang, Schuler Kleinfelter, Peyton Kliewer, Madison Luney, Asha Redhead, and Jaylen Williams. Their faculty advisor was Professor Gunter Sharp and their faculty evaluator was Professor Dima Nazzal. 

Alumni Highlights


Ali Ekici Promoted to Full Professor

Ali Ekici (Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) Ph.D., 2009) has been promoted to Full Professor at Özyeğin University in Istanbul, Turkey! Professor Ekici earned both his Master of Science in Operations Research (2006) and his doctorate in Industrial and Systems Engineering (2009) from Georgia Tech. His research focuses on health and disaster logistics, disease spread models, and scheduling and packaging applications. Congratulations Professor Ekici!

Pelin Pekgun Recognized by Women We Admire

Congratulations to Pelin Pekgun (ISyE Ph.D., 2007) for her recognition as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders of South Carolina for 2022 by Women We Admire! Professor Pekgun earned both her Master of Science and doctorate in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. Pelin is a Dean’s Fellow and Associate Professor of Management Science at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, where she has recently led the successful launch of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program as its Faculty Director. Congratulations, Professor Pekgun!

Pelin Pekgun Receives Golden Gamecock Award 

Congratulations again to Pelin Pekgun (ISyE Ph.D., 2007) for receiving the September Golden Gamecock award in the Management Science department at the Darla Moore School of Business, which is given to recognize accomplishments in the areas of teaching and service!  Her research interests include applications of management science and operations research in pricing and revenue management, supply chain management, marketing/operations interface, and health and humanitarian operations. She serves as the Vice President of Membership and Professional Recognition on the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) Board of Directors and holds editorial roles in multiple journals. Well deserved, Professor Pekgun!

CHHS News 


 2023 Professional Education Program - Scholarship Application Now Open!

The 2023 Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (HHSCM) Professional Education Program is now accepting scholarship applications. The deadline to apply is December 1st, 2022but scholarships are rewarded on a rolling basis, so apply early!

The 2023 HHSCM program offers three interactive courses: (1) Responsive Supply Chain Design, (2) Inventory Management, and (3) System Operations. Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity and support of The UPS Foundation

Team Receives National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant for Outbreak Prevention Research

CHHS Director Pinar Keskinocak is one of the members of BEHIVE, the BEHavioral Interaction and Viral Evolution research group, which is an interdisciplinary, inter-organizational team that is seeking to prevent future disease outbreaks. They plan to do so by integrating the study of human behavior with computational data-driven models. The group recently received a $1M NSF grant to fund their work. Other members include B. Aditya Prakash (principal investigator), Thomas Kingsley, Shinobu Kitayama, Ramesh Raskar, Liliana Salvador, and Joshua Weitz

Upcoming Events


France-Atlanta Event Series 

France-Atlanta is an annual event series co-organized by the Consulate General of France and Georgia Tech. This 13th edition is presented under the high auspices of the Ambassador of France to the United States, the Governor of Georgia and the Mayor of Atlanta. The series will last until the first week in November and most events are free! You can review upcoming events here

Bill George to Give Impact Talk on October 20th

Bill George, author of "True North: Emerging Leaders" will be giving an impact lunchtime talk on Thursday, October 20th from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm. Bill George is an executive fellow at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he has taught leadership since 2004. Bill received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with high honors from Georgia Tech and his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar. He has received honorary Ph.D.s from Georgia Tech, Mayo Medical School, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College, and Bryant University. Please register to attend either in-person or online. 


CHHS Affiliate Spotlight


War, Conflict, and Food Insecurity

Congratulations Olga Shemyakina for her recent paper! Olga is an Associate Professor and Director of Doctoral Programs in the School of Economics at Georgia Tech. Professor Shemyakina's article reviews the literature at the intersection of war, armed conflict, and food security, focusing on intergroup violent conflicts such as interstate conflict, civil war, insurgencies, state violence toward civilians, riots, and non-state conflict. Thank you for your important work, Professor Shemyakina! 

Iris Tien Receives Early Achievement Research Prize

Congratulations to Iris Tien for receiving the Early Achievement Research Prize by the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR). Iris Tien is Williams Family Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. This prestigious prize is awarded only once every four years to a member of the global probabilistic community, among international scholars and researchers doing work in the area of structural risk and reliability. The Early Achievement Research Prize is awarded to a researcher under the age of 45 for their outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the field of structural safety and reliability, and is one of the highest honors one can receive for civil engineers in the study of risk and reliability. Congratulations, Professor Tien!

Gian-Gabriel Garcia's Ph.D. Students as Finalists

Two of Professor Garcia's Ph.D. students were selected as finalists in the Society for Medical Decision-Making’s Lee B. Lusted Prize in Quantitative Methods and Theoretical Developments. The winner will be announced at the October conference

Sun Ju Lee “A Preference-sensitive Approach to Optimal Screening Problems with Multiple Objectives: Application to Breast Cancer Screening” has been accepted for a Poster presentation.

Che-Yi Liao, “A Novel Spatio-Temporal Modeling Framework for Improving Public Health Surveillance: An Application to Opioid-related Drug Overdose Deaths“. Congratulations to you both! 

William Todd Appointed as Adjunct Professor at Emory University

Congratulations to William (Bill) Todd on his new appointment at Emory University! Professor Todd is a Professor of the Practice at Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech, and is now an Adjunct Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

Professor Todd is a 1971 graduate of Georgia Tech's College of Management and attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. In 2000, he received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. In 2010, Georgia Tech awarded Todd the Ivan Allen, Jr. Prize for Progress and Service.

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