Erkut Sönmez

Assistant Professor
Supply Chain Management and Analytics
HLH 511 H
P.O. Box 884114
Lincoln, NE 68588-4114
(402) 472-4145
esonmez2@unl.edu
Erkut Sönmez Photo
Education
  • 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
Areas of Expertise
  • Operations Management
  • Applied Probability
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Agribusiness
Appointments
  • Assistant Professor, 2017

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 Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Informs Journal on Computing, European Journal of Operational Research, Food Policy, and American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 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

Publications:


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

Awards:

  • 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

Publications:


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 Service:

  • Reviewer for the following journals: Operations Research, Management Science, M&SOM, POMS, EJOR, IEE Transactions, and OR Spectrum.
  • Reviewer for grant proposals: Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, (2018)
  • Judge: POMS College of Sustainable Operations Best Student Paper Competition (2017, 2018)
  • Session chair – INFORMS and POMS Annual Meetings

 

Institutional Service:

  • Independent study faculty advisor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Business, (2018, 2019)
  • Recruiting committee member, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Business, (2018, 2019)
  • Grade appeal committee member, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Business, (2019) 

Awards and Honors:

  • 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)
  • INFORMS Doctoral Colloquium participant, 2008
  • William Larimer Mellon Fellowship for doctoral studies at Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business, 2004 -2007
  • Yasar Holding High Academic Achievement Fellowship, 2002 – 2004.