Pinar Keskinocak, Ph.D. is the William W. George chair and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and serves as the ADVANCE professor in the College of Engineering. Previously, she worked at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in operations research from Carnegie Mellon University and her M.S. and B.S. in industrial engineering from Bilkent University.
Keskinocak is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems (CHSS) at Georgia Tech. CHHS was created in 2007 with a vision of serving as an academic engine that improves the delivery of healthcare, disaster response, and long-term development though the discovery and translation of scientific methods and solutions in health and humanitarian systems. The center’s activities in research and projects, education, and outreach aim to (i) address grand challenges, via designing and improving systems that meet the health and societal needs of people and communities when there are limited resources, many decision-makers, and complex tradeoffs; and (ii) transform the health and humanitarian sectors through the development and implementation of cutting-edge solutions, capacity building, sharing of best practices, and creation of future leaders.
Keskinocak’s research focuses on the applications of operations research and management science with societal impact, particularly health and humanitarian applications, supply chain management, and logistics/transportation. Her recent work has addressed infectious disease modeling, evaluating intervention strategies, and resource allocation; catch-up scheduling for vaccinations; hospital operations management; disaster preparedness and response (e.g., prepositioning inventory); debris management; centralized and decentralized price and lead-time decisions. Keskinocak has worked on projects with companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and healthcare providers, including the American Red Cross, CARE, CDC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University, and Intel Corporation.
She currently serves as a department editor for Operations Research (Policy Modeling and Public Sector area), associate editor for Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and secretary of INFORMS. Previously, Keskinocak served as the president of INFORMS Women in OR/MS Forum; vice president of INFORMS Membership and Professional Recognition; co-founder and past-president of INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service, and Needs; co-founder and president of the INFORMS Forum on Junior Faculty Interaction Group; and the president of the INFORMS Health Applications Society.