Uster*, Halit (Southern Methodist University)

Halit Uster

Dr. Halit Uster
Southern Methodist University
Operations Research and Engineering Management (OREM) Department
Dallas, Texas 75275

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Relay Network Design for Truckload Transportation to address Driver Turnover and Shoratge Problems
Appropriate audience: Graduate Students

Integrated Relief Supply and Evacuation Networks Design for Foreseen Disasters
Appropriate audience: Graduate Students

Bio-Energy Networks Planning under Price dependent Supply and Yield Uncertainty
Appropriate audience: Graduate Students

Lifetime Maximizing Design of Wireless Sensors Networks for Environmental Monitoring
Appropriate audience: Graduate Students

Design of Closed-Loop Supply Chains with Integrated Forward and Reverse Flows under Uncertainty
Appropriate audience: Graduate Students

Education & Background

Halit Üster joined SMU Lyle School of Engineering in Fall 2014. He was previously an Associate Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Texas A&M University.

Üster received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. After working as a design and field engineer for a new plant built for Procter&Gamble and Eczacibasi in Istanbul, Turkey, he returned to school for a master’s degree in business administration at the Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, while working part-time to complete the project as a mechanical engineer. He later obtained his Ph. D. in Management Science/Systems from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada in 1999.

In the OREM Department, Üster teaches the Operations Research course at the undergraduate level and the Network Flows and Advanced Logistics Networks courses in the graduate level.

Üster’s research interests are in large-scale optimization models and efficient solution algorithms for design and analysis of networked systems with applications in logistics and communications. Societal impact is typically a central theme and emphasis in the applications of Üster’s research. Specifically, his recent research focuses on application areas including emergency logistics networks, biomass/bio-energy logistics networks, closed-loop logistics and recycling networks, multi-commodity and relay networks in transportation to address driver turnover and shortage problems, integrated production-distribution-inventory networks, and wireless sensor networks with environmental monitoring applications. His research activities to date were funded by grants from sources including National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Frito-Lay, Inc.

Üster serves on numerous committees at the department, school, and university level as part of his service activities in the university and also on several committees of INFORMS at the national level as a service to professional community. Specifically, Üster served as the faculty advisor of the INFORMS Student Chapter at Texas A&M University from its inception in 2004 until 2008 and in 2010-2011. During his tenure as advisor, chapter awards included Summa Cum Laude in 2006 and 2008, Magna Cum Laude in 2007 and 2011. He served as the faculty advisor of the SMU INFORMS Student Chapter during its revival in 2015, until 2018. He was a student chapter representative at the INFORMS Subdivision Council, 2007-2009. He served as the general chair of the INFORMS Southwest Regional Conference at TAMU in 2008. He also served as the chair of the INFORMS UPS-SOLA Dissertation Award Committee in 2007 and also as the chair of the INFORMS TSL Dissertation Award Committee in 2017 after two years as a member. He also served as a reviewer for the INFORMS JFIG Paper Competition in 2017. He served on the Scientific Committee of the First INFORMS TSL Conference, 2017; INFORMS Nicholson Prize Committee, 2015-2017; and INFORMS Scholarships Ad Hoc Committee, 2016. He currently serves as the chair of the inaugural INFORMS Scholarships Committee in 2018 and as a member in 2019. He was the founding chair of the INFORMS First New Faculty Colloquium in 2014, and a co-chair of the Second New Faculty Colloquium, 2015.  He is an Associate Editor for Transportation Science and IISE Transactions on Scheduling and Logistics.

Üster’s research has been featured in the Industrial Engineer Magazine in 2008, 2010, and 2017. He has been named the Eshbach Society Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, Northwestern University in 2009 while he was on faculty development leave. His collaborative research for Frito-Lay, Inc. was a finalist for the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research, INFORMS in 2008. He was awarded Caterpillar Teaching Excellence Award at Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University in 2011 and was voted as the Outstanding Faculty Member by the IIE Chapter at The University of Alabama, 1999-2000. He also received a national Moving Spirit Award from INFORMS in 2007.