Forum  Co- Chairs

Pinar KeskinocakPinar Keskinocak, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology
William W. George Chair and Professor, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering; Director, Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (CHHS); ADVANCE Professor, College of Engineering, Georgia Tech

Dr. Keskinocak has over 20 years of experience in logistics and supply management. Her work focuses on the applications of operations research and management science with societal impact, particularly health and humanitarian applications. She co-founded and co-directs the GT Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems, which was recently named an Interdisciplinary Research Center at Georgia Tech. Her recent work has addressed infectious disease modeling (e.g., cholera, pandemic flu), evaluating intervention strategies, and resource allocation; catch-up scheduling for vaccinations; medical decision-making (e.g., disease screening); hospital operations management; disaster preparedness and response (e.g., prepositioning inventory, debris management). She has worked on a variety of projects with companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and healthcare providers, including American Red Cross, CARE, CDC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, Pan-American Health Organization, and the Task Force for Global Health.

Dima Nazzal, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Industrial and Systems Engineering; Director of Professional Practice
Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (CHHS), Research Director of Healthcare Operations

Dr. Nazzal is responsible for project-based learning in the Industrial Engineering undergraduate curriculum, including the capstone senior design course, and the development and delivery of early design course for sophomores.

Dr. Nazzal received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2006. Her research focuses on the development and application of analytical models to guide decision making in discrete event logistics systems, including semiconductor wafer fabrication facilities, pharmaceutical order fulfillment and distribution centers, energy infrastructure systems, and fresh supply chains.  Current research projects include electricity infrastructure development in Sub Saharan Africa, resource allocation and control policy decision-making in semiconductor manufacturing, and control and design of pharmaceutical order fulfillment systems. Relevant recent work has addressed production planning and inventory decisions in fresh supply chain systems aiming to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions.