Erkut Sönmez

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Assistant Professor
Supply Chain Management and Analytics
  • Ph.D., Operations Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
  • M.S., Operation Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business,
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • Operations Management
  • Applied Probability
  • Supply Chain Management
Dr. Sönmez earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Management from Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. He received his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Economics from Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

In his research, Dr. Sönmez studies capacity management problems that arise with the development of new business models and/or technologies, with specific applications in industries including food and energy supply chains and banking/service operations. He uses models and theoretical tools such as queueing theory, simulation, and stochastic optimization to examine the decision-making by individuals and organizations in problems motivated by various industry practices. The findings of his research have revealed many industry-specific counter-intuitive managerial insights that aid in decision-support at the strategic and tactical levels. Dr. Sönmez’s research is published in academic journals including Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Informs Journal on Computing, European Journal of Operational Research, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Food Policy, and covered by media channels, such as Huffington Post, Industrial and System Engineer Magazine, Cornell Chronicles, Carroll Capitol, and Perishable Pundit.

Dr. Sönmez serves as a reviewer for journals including Management ScienceOperations Research, MSOM, POMS, EJOR, IEE Transactions, and OR Spectrum. He is the recipient of the William Larimer Mellon and Yasar High Academic Achievement fellowships.

Dr. Sönmez's personal webpage can be reached following this link: Personal webpage


Work in Progress:
  • A Genetic Algorithm Based Approach to the Liquefied Natural Gas Annual Delivery Problem (with Fatih Mutlu, Hakan Yildiz, and Shaligram Pokharel)

Other Publications:
  • There for the Picking (with Deishin Lee, Miguel Gomez, Xiaoli Fan, Lauire Caldwell, Natasha Thompson, and Melissa Knowles), Industrial and System Engineering Magazine, 2016, 48 (8), 26-30, Cover story and featured lead article.

Media Coverage:

Current Teaching:
  • SCMA 444: Supply Chain Logistics Management
  • SCMA 331: Operations and Supply Chain Management

Professional Experience:
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences, Boston University, Metropolitan College, 2016-2017
  • Assistant Professor of Operations Management, Boston College, Carroll School of Management, 2009-2016
  • Distinguished Research Award, College of Business, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019
  • Nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Business,University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2017-2018)
  • William Larimer Mellon fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Yasar High Academic Achievement fellowship, METU
Contact Information

HLH 511 H
P.O. Box 884114
Lincoln, NE 68588-4114
Phone: 402-472-4145

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