Dr. Büyüktahtakιn's research interests include the development of optimization approaches to address challenging research problems in complex systems by a mix of theoretical and computational analysis. Of particular interests are:
- Mixed Integer Programming
- Dynamic Programming
- Optimization under Uncertainty
- Population Dynamics with Applications to Invasive Species Control and Epidemics
- Water-Bioenergy-Food Nexus and Sustainability Issues
- Biomass and Biofuel Production
- Supply Chain Management, Production Planning and Logistics
- Asset Management under New Technology and Deterioration
- Health-care Systems
GRA Position Announcement
Systems Optimization and Analytics Lab (SOAL) seeks a highly qualified PhD student for a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position.
The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated individual with outstanding writing skills and a strong background in mathematics, algorithms, and programming. The research projects involve developing optimization models, mixed-integer programming, non-linear programming, stochastic programming, and exact algorithms (e.g., cutting planes and decomposition algorithms) to solve, healthcare, humanitarian logistics, and environmental sustainability problems. A background in operations research, applied mathematics, optimization, mathematical modeling, algorithms and programming (C, C++, etc.) is desirable although all qualified candidates will be considered. Strong skills in CPLEX and Visual Basic software will be considered as a plus.
- Seeking a PhD degree
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 (out of 4) or higher in Industrial Engineering/Computer Science/Math. GPA of 3.0 or higher may also be considered. An MS GPA of 3.5/4 or higher. Other engineering as well as business/finance backgrounds may also be considered.
- Solid background in math, linear algebra, probability, and random variables.
- Familiarity with C or C++ programming.
- An overall TOEFL IBT score of 79 or larger (with speaking score>23) or an IELTS band score of 6.5 or larger is required.
- Provision of the GRE scores are strongly encouraged and will be considered as a plus.
- Strong candidates without a master's degree will also be considered.
Females and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in the position above, please contact Dr. Esra Buyuktahtakin (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly and send to her (preferably in pdf/jpeg format)
• A resume
• An unofficial copy of your graduate/undergraduate transcript.
• Unofficial copies of TOEFL and GRE scores
• 3 representative publications or reports if available.
The positions will be open until filled (last updated in 5/3/2017).
Research Recognition in the News
- Wichita State assistant professor wins $500,000 award for work on ecological systems,
- 2016 INFORMS Early Career Award, INFORMS Conference, Nov 2016, Nashville, TN
- 2016 INFORMS Moving Spirit Award, INFORMS Conference, Nov 2016, Nashville, TN
- 2016 INFORMS Volunteer Service Award, INFORMS Conference, Nov 2016, Nashville, TN
- 2015 INFORMS Subdivision Awards, ORMS Today 13(1), 55, February 2016.
- Engineering professor receives grant for research on invasive species, The SunFlower, March 22, 2016
- Engineering professor wins National Science Foundation award, Wichita State News, February 29, 2016
- February academe at Wichita State, Wichita State News, February 8, 2016
- USDA AFRI Award, USDA.gov, March 1, 2016
- Professors' research helping Kansas ranchers with invasive weeds, Wichita State News, August 16, 2016
- Wichita State University invasive species research will aid Kansas ranchers, Newswise, August 24, 2016
- Award Abstract #1554018, CAREER: Dynamic Invasive Species Control Optimization via Integrated Education and Research (DISCOVER), NSF.gov, February 18, 2016
- Mixed-integer programming for asset replacement, Industrial Engineer 47(3), 54, March 2015.
- WSU graduate, undergraduate students present research in Topeka, Feb. 11-12, Wichita State News, February 9, 2015
- First Awardee Projects–2012, NSF Kansas EPSCoR, May, 2012