Halit Uster, Ph.D.

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Halit Uster, Ph.D

Fellow, Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity

Office Location: 309 Caruth Hall

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  • Ph.D. in Management Science/Systems, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • M.A. in B.Adm., Production/Operations Management, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey



Halit Üster is a Professor in the Department of Operations Research and Engineering Management (OREM) at SMU Lyle School. His research interests are in optimization models and efficient solution algorithms for design and analysis of networked systems with applications in logistics and communications. Societal impact is typically a central theme and emphasis in the applications of Uster’s research. Specifically, his recent research focuses on application areas including electric vehicle charging networks, emergency logistics networks for disaster preparedness, multi-commodity and relay networks in transportation to address driver turnover and shortage problems, biomass/bio-energy logistics networks for sustainable energy, closed-loop logistics and recycling networks, integrated production-distribution-inventory networks, and wireless sensor networks with environmental monitoring applications.


His publications appeared in Transportation Science, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, INFORMS Journal on Computing, and IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, among others. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, and industry. He serves as an Associate Editor for Transportation Science, IISE Transactions on Scheduling and Logistics, and Sustainability Analytics and Modelling. Üster is a member of INFORMS and IISE, and routinely serves the INFORMS and IISE communities in varying capacities.

Honors and Awards

  • Caterpillar Teaching Excellence Award, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2011.
  • Eshbach Society Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, Northwestern University, 2009.
  • Faculty Appreciation Award, INFORMS Student Chapter, 2004 and 2009, Texas A&M University.
  • Research Featured in the IE Magazine, 2008, 2010, and 2017.
  • Moving Spirit Award, INFORMS, 2007.
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, voted by the IIE Chapter at the U of Alabama, 1999-2000.



  • Transportation and logistics
  • Network design
  • Decomposition methods for optimization
  • Applied and computational optimization with applications in freight transportation, emergency response, bioenergy supply networks, closed loop supply chains, and telecommunications

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