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Özgür M. Araz

Ron and Carol Cope Professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Supply Chain Management and Analytics
HLH 511 L
P.O. Box 884114
Lincoln, NE 68588-4114
(402) 472-2840
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Özgür  M. Araz Photo
Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University, December 2009.
M.S. in Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2006.
B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 2005. 

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Analytics
  • Health Systems
  • Decision Sciences
  • Operations Management
  • Ron and Carol Cope Professor
Fall 2022 Office Hours

Fridays, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm on Fridays via zoom. 


Dr Özgür Araz is Ron and Carol Cope Professor and Professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics. His research interests include systems simulation, business analytics, healthcare operations and public health informatics. His research had been supported by NIH, Veterans Engineering Resource Center (VERC), HDR company, Boys Town of Nebraska, Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska. Before joining the College of Business at UNL, he served as a faculty member of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics of The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr Araz’s published research appeared in peer review journals including Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Annals of Operations Research, Decision Support Systems, International Journal of Production Economics, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, in addition to high impact medical and health care journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Obesity, Medical Care, American Journal of Emergency Medicine, among many others. He is a member of INFORMS, POMS (Production and Operations Management Society), Decision Sciences Institute, System Dynamics Society and HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society).  He serves in the Editorial Review Board of Production and Operations Management journal and is an editorial advisory board member of the Transportation Research Part -E .  Professor Araz is also an associate editor for Decision Sciences and IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering journals. He is the Public Health Informatics Area Editor for the Health Systems journal. Dr Araz is a faculty fellow of Nebraska Governace and Technology Center and Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute. 


Selected Publications
  1. Lash M, Sajeesh S, OM Araz. Predicting mobility using limited data during early stages of a pandemic. Accepted, Journal of Business Research, October 2022.
  2. Cinar A, Salman S, Araz OM, Parcaoglu M. Managing home healthcare services with dynamic arrivals during a public health emergency. Accepted, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, September 2022.
  3. Sahinyazan F, Araz OM. An alternative vaccine prioritization approach in response to COVID-19 pandemic. Accepted, Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, June 2022.
  4. Sajeesh S, Araz OM, Huang TTK. Market positioning in food industry in response to public health policies. Accepted, Production and Operations Management, March 2022.
  5. Mirzayi C, Ozcebe H, Swierad E, Araz OM, Arslan U, Unlu H, Yardim M, Uner S, Bilir N, Huang TK. A structural equation model of physical activity in Turkish schoolchildren: an application of the integrated health behavior model. Accepted, BMJ Open, November 2021.
  6. Brittin J, Araz OM, Ramirez A, Huang T. An agent-based simulation model for testing novel obesity interventions in school environment. Accepted, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, June 2021, DOI: 1109/TEM.2021.3091600 .
  7. Ertem Z, Araz OM, Cruz-Aponte M. A decision analytic approach for social distancing policies during early stages of COVID-19 pandemic. Accepted, Decision Support Systems, June 2021. 
  8. Tatar M, Jalali M, Tak HJ, Chen LW, Araz OM, Wilson F. Impact of Florida’s prescription drug monitoring program on fatal vehicle crashes: a difference-in-differences approach. Accepted, BMJ Injury Prevention, May 2021. 
  9. Araz OM, Cruz-Aponte M, Hanisch B, Margalit Stashefsky R, Wilson FA. An analytical framework for effective public health program design using correctional facilities. INFORMS Journal on Computing. In Press, March 2021. 
  10. Ramirrez NA, Araz OM, Fowler JW. Decision assessment algorithms for location and capacity optimization under resource shortages. Decision Sciences (2021) 52, 1, 142-181. 
  11. Briseno H, Ramirez-Nafarrate A, Araz OM. A multivariate analysis of hybrid and electrical vehicles sales in Mexico. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 74, August 2021, 100957.
  12. Araz OM, Ramirrez NA, Jehn M, Wilson F. The importance of widespread testing for COVID-19 pandemic: systems thinking for drive-through testing sites. Health Systems, 9, 2, 119-123-2020.
  13. Araz OM. Community supported agriculture: systems thinking in action. American Journal of Public Health (2020) 110, 1, 19-21 (Editorial note).
  14. Araz OM, Choi T, Olson D, Salman S. Role of analytics for operational risk management in the era of big data. Decision Sciences (2020) 51, 6, 1320-1346. 
  15. Araz OM, Wilson F, Stimpson JP. Complex systems modeling for evaluating potential impact of traffic safety policies: a case on drug-involved fatal crashes. Annals of Operations Research (2020) 291, 37-58. 
  16. Frerichs L, Araz OM, Calancie L, Huang TTK, Hassmiller Lich K. Dynamic empirically-based model for understanding future trends in US obesity prevalence in the context of social influences. Obesity (2019) 27 (10) 1671-1681
  17. Araz OM, Olson D, Ramirez NA. Predictive analytics for hospital admissions from the emergency department using triage information. International Journal of Production Economics (2019) 208, 199-207. 
  18. Baccaglini L, Araz OM, Beachy M, Ash M, Naveed Z, Whitsitt B, Winterboer T, Haynatzki G. Predictive factors associated with in-hospital mortality for patients across the sepsis spectrum. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice (2019) 27, 5, 273-277.
  19. Haley S, Li S, Yardim M, Uner, Unlu H, Arslan U, Araz OM, Ozcebe H, Bilir N, Huang T. Perceptions of obesity prevention policies: socioeconomic assessment in the Turkish capital. Journal of Pediatric Nursing (2019) 44, 20-27. 
  20. Steenson S, Ozcebe H, Arslan U, Unlu H, Araz OM, Yardim M, Uner S, Bilir N, Huang T. Assessing the validity and reliability of family factors on physical activity: a case study in Turkey.  PLOS One (2018) 13 (6), e0197920. 
  21. Huang HC, Araz OM, Morton D, Johnson G, Damien P, Clements B, Meyers LA. Stockpiling ventilators for an influenza pandemic. Emerging Infectious Diseases (2017) 23, 6, 914-921. 
  22. Celik N, Araz OM, Bastani M, Saenz JP. An agent-based model of social networks for evaluating asthma control interventions on reducing the emergency department visits. Journal of Simulation (2017) 11, 87-102.
  23. Cramer M, Araz OM, Wendl M. Social networking in an agricultural research center: using data to enhance outcomes. Journal of Agromedicine (2017) 22, 2, 170-179. 
  24. Zhu H, Wilson FA, Stimpson JP, Araz OM, Kim J, Chen B, Wu L. The association between gasoline prices and hospital utilization and costs for motorcycle and non-motorcycle motor vehicle injuries. Medical Care (2016) 54, 9, 837-844. 
  25. Buke B, Araz OM, Fowler JW. Cross training workers with imperfect training schemes. Production and Operations Management (2016) 25, 7, 1216-1231. 
  26. Wilson FA, Araz OM, Thompson RW, Ringle JL, Mason WA, Stimpson JP. A decision support tool to determine cost-to-benefit of a family-centered in-home program for at-risk adolescents. Evaluation and Program Planning (2016) 56, 43-39. 
  27. Ramirez NA, Fowler JW, Lyon J, Araz OM. Point-of-dispensing location and capacity optimization via a decision support system. Production and Operations Management (2015) 24, 8, 1311-1328. 
  28. Brittin J, Elijah-Barnwell S, Huang T, Yunwoo N, Araz OM, Drummond WR, Jameton A, Friedow B. Community engaged public health research to inform hospital campus planning in a low socioeconomic status urban neighborhood. HERD Journal: Health Environments Research & Design (2015) 8, 4, 12-24. (IF= 2.624).
  29. Brittin J, Araz OM, Nam Y, Huang T. A system dynamics model to simulate chronic disease trends and sustainable interventions in an urban community. Journal of Simulation (2015) 9, 2, 140-155. 
  30. *Araz OM, Fowler JW, Ramirez A. A genetic algorithm for optimizing service times during a public health emergency: locating dispensing sites and allocating medical staff. IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering (2014) 4, 4, 178-190. * Featured in the Industrial Engineer Magazine
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  • SCMA 432: Supply Chain Planning and Control
  • SCMA 335: Supply Chain Decision Making Models


  • Decision Sciences, Associate Editor 
  • Production and Operations Management, Editorial Review Board 
  • Transportation Research Part–E, Editorial Advisory Board Member 
  • IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, Associate Editor
  • Health Systems, Public Health Area Editor