Sila Çetinkaya, Ph.D.

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Dr. Sila Çetinkaya, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair, OREM
Cecil H. Green Professor of Engineering

Office Location: Caruth 333

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  • Ph.D., Management Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • M.Sc., Industrial Engineering, Bilkent University, Aakara, Turkey
  • B.Sc., Industrial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey


Sila Çetinkaya is Chair and Professor of OREM and Cecil H. Green Professor of Engineering in the SMU Lyle School of Engineering.  She holds courtesy appointments with ITOM in the SMU Cox School of Business and with Internal Medicine in the UT Southwestern Medical Center. 

Çetinkaya’s research interests include supply chain and healthcare analytics, stochastic optimal control theory, and applied probability. Her publications appeared in the most reputable outlets of industrial engineering and management science including Operations Research, Management Science, Production and Operations Management, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Transactions, INFORMS Journal of Applied Analytics (previously, Interfaces), Naval Research Logistics, and Transportation Research-B and -E, among many others. Her research program has been funded by multiple grants from National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Education, Texas Engineering Education Coordination Board, Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Co, and Nokia, among other sponsors. She serves as a department editor of IISE Transactions and an associate editor of Naval Research Logistics. Çetinkaya is a member of INFORMS and IISE.

Honors & Awards

  • IISE Logistics and Supply Chain Division’s Annual Teaching Award, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, 2015.
  • IISE Fellow, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, 2012.
  • Moving Spirit Award, INFORMS, 2011.
  • Best Paper Prize in Scheduling and Logistics, in collaboration with X. Liu, IISE Transactions on Scheduling and Logistics, 2010.
  • Finalist for Daniel Wagner Prize in Operations Research Practice, in collaboration with H. Üster, G. Easwaran, and B. B. Keskin, INFORMS, 2008.
  • Selected for Frontiers of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering, 2005.
  • Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer, Institute of Industrial Engineers, 2003.
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2001.


  • Supply Chain Systems: Inventory Theory, Coordination, Pricing, Closed-Loop Supply Chains, Vendor-Managed Inventory, Third Party Logistics, Distribution Logistics.
  • Healthcare Operations.
  • Manufacturing and Operations Management.
  • Applied Probability and Stochastic Modeling.
  • Stochastic Optimal Control.
  • Dynamic & Multistage Optimization.

Recent Publications

  • Wei, B. S. Çetinkaya, D. B. H. Cline, Inbound Replenishment and Outbound Dispatch Decisions under Hybrid Shipment Consolidation Policies: An Analytical Model and Comparison," Transportation Research E, Vol. 175, July, 2023,
  • Wood, D. S. Çetinkaya, H. Gangammanavar, L. Weiguo, and J. Wang, “On the Value of a Multistage Optimization Approach for Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy Planning,” Physics in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 67, No. 14, pp. 140513, 2022,
  • Wei, B. S. Çetinkaya, D. B. H. Cline, “Analytical Results on the Service Performance of Stochastic Clearing Systems,” Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 217—236, 2022,
  • Nourbakhsh, F., O. Bountali, and S. Çetinkaya, “Innovative Use of Operational Tools to Improve Care Delivery for the Uninsured ESRD Patients and to Inform Healthcare Policy-Makers1,” IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp.193—211, 2022,
  • Bountali, O., S. Çetinkaya, and V. Ahuja, “On the Impact of Treatment Restrictions for the Indigent Suffering from a Chronic Disease: The Case of Compassionate Dialysis,” Service Science, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp.133—154, 2021,

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