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My Recent Visit to Houston for Conference and catch up with friends

Past weekend, I travelled to Houston, TX to attend #DSI Annual Conference and Expo. I like to keep my conference trip mixed with activities like exploring city on foot, meeting new people, and catching up with oldies but goodies friends. But, first things first, the conference:

This was my fifth attendance to DSI conference in a row, I was given a 5 year attendee ribbon. I was excited and a bit nervous to give 2 talks about my service learning projects that I integrated in Business Analytics I in this semester. I arranged a service learning project with Beyond Housing in St. Louis. Who they are?

“We are a comprehensive community development organization convening partners and providing leadership. From purchasing a home to health, education, jobs, and economic development, we offer holistic resources and support.”

We were given various datasets to assess how well BH is doing in terms of providing support and services to their clients in many areas including housing, education, healthcare, childcare support, etc. You can check my previous post about this Service Learning integration to have more information. I gave a workshop on how to integrate service learning in an analytics course and presented a related research proposal on how to assess the impact of service learning on students growth?

Workshop: Integrating Service Learning into Analytics Education:
Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Research Presentation: Could We Make Business Analytics Courses More Engaging and Impactful with Service Learning? May be, yes! A Comparative Investigation

I received numerous positive feedback about the presentations and it was great finding other colleagues integrating service learning in various courses.

It was good to see old friends, spent good quality time friends from various institutions in the US. We had great food initially at Pinkerton’s Barbecue, then Tempura Indi-Pakistani and lastly at Tourão Brazilian restaurant. All are recommended in the order of: Tourão, Pinkerton’s and Tempura…Flying back was a bit challenging with a delayed flight but now, I am back safe and working to wrap up fall 2022, then have a reflection about 2022 in the holidays.

I had the pleasure to represent Lindenwood University Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Entrepreneurship [GO LIONS]!

My Recent Visit to Seattle for Conference and Little Vacation…

Past week, I travelled to Seattle to attend #IISE Annual Conference and Expo. This is the largest meeting of industrial and systems engineers in the world, and I had been involved with the Sustainable Development Division for the last 10+ years.

It was the first in person conference, I attended prior to the Pandemic. I flew with #AlaskaAirlines from Saint Louis, MO to Seattle, WA with a direct flight. Wifi was good along with a large group of movie, etc. selections, while I like to read or rest during flights. Overall, the flight was comfortable back and forth despite being 3+ hours long. I packed small and went with 1 back pack and 1 small bag, no luggage. I try to learn and practice as much as I can on minimalism, which is I believe crucial for a happy and calm life. What do you think about minimalism? [Feel free to comment below]

I keep my conference activities mixed with leisure things like wondering around, meeting new people, and catching up with oldies but goodies friends.

Town Hall Meeting

I had the opportunity to meet many colleagues from #SustainableDevelopment Division at Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. I stepped down from President role of Sustainable Development Division after a year of happy and fun service experience. We had such a good turn out at the conference despite being the first in person meeting after a couple of years. People seemed to be really missed the in person meetings. I had the pleasure to announce the best paper (Stephanie González), best student paper (Mehrsa Khaleghi), and best sustainable development service (Massachusetts Port Authority (MASSPORT) awards.

A cool coffee shop in downtown Seattle! I discovered this while walking on the streets of downtown. It is “Top Pot Doughnuts“. Their doughnuts are otherworldly delicious! And, sure, you will get a great coffee when you are in Seattle. One of my dream todo is to open a book coffee shop like this, so inspiring!

I gave a talk about the research project, “Layer Analysis of U.S. Manufacturing and its Global Supply Chains: A Multi-Region Input-Output Analysis Approach” lead by two of my former graduate research assistants Durva Joshi and Meet Panchal. [Link to the presentation] I shared our initial results and had some more work to do, I am in the look out to recruit research assistants and/or find collaborators to move these projects further. Reach out if you are interested in collaborating!

More importantly, in almost every talk I gave about sustainability, I share the slide of CO2 PPM trend as you see below in the first slide of talk. The safety level is 350 and see where we are at based on NASA’s analysis. I pause and let people contemplate, to me this is like a ritual now… I go back and see what I can do myself in combating climate change, educating and helping with the awareness. What do you think about climate change?

On the last day, I had the opportunity to moderate the session entitled “UN SDG 13 – Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts” on Tuesday May 24 – 12:30 PM to 1:50 PM block, which had four talks.

I got to see my old friend and colleague Dr. Can (John) Celikbilek, PhD and other colleagues, my former professors from Ohio University including Dr. Dusan Sormaz [Happy Retirement Dr.!]. Anthony’s is a great sea food place – check out the salmon, when you are there especially on May-June period, according to my local friend John [Forza Inter bud!]

Lastly, I had the pleasure to represent Lindenwood University Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Entrepreneurship [GO LIONS]!

Funny and great fact: after starting at Lindenwood as of 2022, both my university’s and my fav soccer team’s (Galatasaray) mascot became Lion! Cant be happier 🙂 [Sari, Kirmizi, En Buyuk Cimbom!]

Well, I am now fully recharged and ready for the summer! See you on the next post…

Dr. Gedik gave a research presentation at the 52nd Annual Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute

Dr. Gedik gave a research talk, which is an extension of our former research assistant Lu Bai’s thesis project on 11/24/2021 at the 2021 DSI Annual Meeting. The presentation was entitled “What It Takes to Win or Lose A Soccer Game? A Machine Learning Approach to Understand the Impact of Game and Team Statistics” and presentation can be accessed at this link.

In this research, we focused on building machine learning models to predict soccer game outcomes in five major soccer leagues, and extract knowledge on what factors play biggest role in winning and losing a soccer game over a 5 season data.

We would like to thank Lu for her excellent thesis work again.


Dr. Anne Zouggar gave a webinar to ASOS, ISE Student Chapter, and Supply Chain Management students

Dr. Zouggar gave a webinar in EGRM/INDE 6641 Supply Chain Management course on November 19, 2021. The seminar is entitled “Production Optimization Through Lean Implementation in The Era of Industry 4.0“.

Anne is an Associate Professor at the University of Bordeaux. She
started studying Economy at the university of Moscow, and then
transitioned to Industrial Systems Optimization at the university of
Toulouse. She received her PhD In Production/Logistics from University
of Bordeaux. Anne has published more than 30 publications in
conferences, books, and international journals. She focused mainly on
Aeronautics and Automotive Industries, which falls under Manufacturing Systems Optimization, Supply Chain Management, and development of new models to sustain Lean Production Deployment. She is also member of IFIP working group 5.7, and involved in various projects:

• I4EU: Industry 4.0 for EUROPE to build a handbook, showcases and virtual Lab for European learners. She is a leader of
work package Industrial Showcases in France. She collaborates with Dassault and Faurécia.
• GT4.0: she belongs to working Group in the department to lead an active thinking about the future master program
transformation to fit industry 4.0 expectations.
• In charge of Developing serious game “Case Study Digital Kanban in Automotive Industry”

We would like to thank deeply Dr. Anne Zouggar, Associate Professor of Associate Professor, University of Bordeaux. IMS Lab for sharing her recent research and industry consulting projects with our students and researchers.


Dr. Egilmez gave a webinar at Qatar University

Dr. Egilmez gave a webinar in DENG 626 Modeling and Simulation course at Qatar University on 11/03/2021. The seminar is entitled “Application of Stochastic Optimization and Simulation Models to Yatai SERU and Assembly Lines” and presentation can be accessed at this link.

We would like to thank deeply Dr. Murat Kucukvar, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering & Operations Management at Qatar University, for the kind invitation and hospitality, and thanks to friends in  DENG 626 Modeling and Simulation course.


Dr. Egilmez gave a webinar at University of Bordeaux, France

Dr. Egilmez gave a webinar at University of Bordeaux, France on 6/10/2021. The seminar is entitled “Energy and Manufacturing Nexus and Policy Implications of Industry 4.0 on Sustainability” and can be accessed at this link.

Energy and Manufacturing Nexus and Policy Implications of Industry 4.0

We would like to thank deeply Dr. Anne Zouggar Amrani, Associate Professor Researcher at IMS – Research Unit of CNRS at University of Bordeaux, for the kind invitation and hospitality.


ASOS Graduate Research Assistant presented at the Industrial and Systems Engineers 2021 Annual Meeting

Sami Khalafallah started working on this project in Fall 2020 as EGAP research assistant  with Dr. Egilmez. The conference paper, entitled ” A Stochastic Mixed Integer Linear Programming Approach to Skill-based Workforce Allocation in Serus”, was presented virtually in Manufacturing and Design Track at the 2021 IISE Annual Conference on May 23rd, 2021 5:00-5:20PM.

The research focused on developing optimization models to optimize the production output of SERU systems and compare it with traditional assembly lines by using stochastic Mixed Integer Linear Programming Models.

We congratulate Sami for his work and presentation. Presentation can be accessed here.


ASOS Graduate Research Assistants presented at the Decision Science Institute’s 2020 Annual Meeting

Harmit Patel and Sagar Thakkar started working on this project in Spring 2020 INDE 6645 Data Analytics course with Dr. Egilmez. The conference paper, entitled ” Exploratory Analysis of Factors Affecting the Response Capability of Governments to COVID-19“, was presented on November 21, 2020 in ” Measuring and Managing the Impact of COVID-19″ session.

We congratulate Harmit and Sagar for their diligent work, and presentation. Presentation can be accessed here.


Research Presentation and Panel Discussion @ IISE 2020 Annual Conference And Expo

Dr. Egilmez presented a collaborative research project at the Annual Conference of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering on November 2, 2020. The title of seminar was “A PCA Application to Assess OECD Countries’ Sustainable Development Performance”. Here is the links to access to the presentation. [Presentation]

Our former graduate research assistant, Shyam Lamichhane worked on this research project as his M.S. thesis and Dr. Ridvan Gedik is the other co-author, who were in the thesis advisory committee as well.

In the second half of the session, Dr. Egilmez joined a panel discussion with John Corliss and Brion Hurley, entitled “Panel Discussion on The Application of ISE to Sustainability”.

Dr. Egilmez moderated the session on the first day of the conference, which had 3 talks, as follows:

1) Industrial Engineering and Agri-Business in the SIDs, Cilla Pemberton, DBA MSc Eng MSc IIEM BSc IE, Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Tunapuna-Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago,

2) Sargassum harvesting process in Puerto Morelos: documentation and improvements proposal, Daniela L. Videa Martínez, ITESM, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico,

3) Strategic Route Planning for Sustainability in Local Food Supply Chains, Isabella T. Sanders, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia


Decision Science Institute’s 50th meeting in New Orleans, LA

ASOS attended the Decision Science Institute’s 50th meeting in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Egilmez gave two research presentations on Saturday November 23rd and Monday November 25th, 2019 as follows:

  1. An Integrated MRIO And DEA Approach for Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy Analysis of The U.S. Manufacturing [Presentation]
  2. Project-based Service-learning Integration in Data Analytics and Statistics Courses [Presentation] [Conference Paper]

Dr. Gedik gave the following research presentation: “Predicting Severity and Investigating Risk Factors of Traffic Crashes in Connecticut” on Monday, November 25th, 2019.

DSI 2019- Crash Presentation