Burcu B. Keskin is an associate professor of Operations Management. She received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University in 2007. She has conducted research in different areas of supply chain management including inventory theory, facility location, network design, and vehicle routing with a particular emphasis on applied optimization. She has obtained funding for her research through the University Transportation Center for Alabama grants and several companies. Her paper, “An Integrated Load Planning Algorithm for Outbound Logistics Optimization” was based on industry/academia collaboration and is selected as a finalist of the 2013 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Operations Research Excellence in Practice. She has over ten publications that appeared in Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Computers and Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Operational Society, and Interfaces. Dr. Keskin is in the editorial boards of Handbooks in OR/MS; International Journal of Operations Research and Information Systems; and International Journal of Integrated Supply Management. She is also an ad-hoc reviewer over ten journals. Dr. Keskin has offered courses on operations, supply chain logistics, inventory management, and nonlinear and discrete optimization. She is the recipient of 2014 Culverhouse Board of Visitors Teaching Award.
In addition to her scholarly activities, Dr. Keskin is an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and the Institute for Industrial Engineers (IIE). Dr. Keskin is the Treasurer and Vice President of Tuscaloosa Region, INFORMS Deep South Chapter. Dr. Keskin was an elected officer (secretary and president) of INFORMS Junior Faculty Interest Group from 2008 through 2011. Since 2008, Dr. Keskin is part of INFORMS Chapters/Fora and INFORMS Education Committees. She has served in the organization committees of 2013 DSI Annual conference in Baltimore, MD; 2012 INFORMS Annual conference in Phoenix, AZ; 2010 INFORMS Southern Regional Conference in Huntsville, AL; and 2008 INFORMS Southwest Regional Conference in College Station, TX. Dr. Keskin is the faculty advisor of the INFORMS Student Chapter at the University of Alabama. Due to her involvement with student chapters and fora, Dr. Keskin was a recipient of the INFORMS Judith Liebman Moving Spirit Award in 2007 and INFORMS Fora Moving Spirit Award in 2013. The INFORMS Student Chapter has received the Cum Laude national award in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She is also the faculty advisor of the National Association of Women MBAs.