About Beril Toktay

Beril Toktay is Professor of Operations Management, Brady Family Chairholder and Regents’ Professor. Her primary research areas are sustainable operations and supply chain management. Professor Toktay’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has received distinctions such as the MSOM Society’s 2015 Management Science Best Paper in Operations Management Award, the 2019 Responsible Research Award and the 2021 M&SOM Best Paper Award. Her research articles have appeared in Management Science, M&SOM, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management and Industrial Ecology. She became a Distinguished Fellow of the MSOM Society in 2017.

Professor Toktay has taught Operations Management at the undergraduate level, Supply Chain Management at the PhD, MBA, and Executive Education levels and Operations Research courses at the PhD level. She has developed cases and pedagogical material for MBA and Executive Education audiences and co-curricular educational initiatives at the undergraduate level. She currently teaches Business Strategies for Sustainability in MBA and Executive Education programs, and co-directs the Carbon Reduction Challenge, an award-winning interdisciplinary undergraduate co-curricular program. She is active in PhD student mentoring and was recognized with the 2018 Georgia Tech Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award.

Professor Toktay is Department Co-Editor for the “Health, Environment and Society” department at M&SOM. She served as Associate Editor for M&SOM (2007-2018), POM (2009-2013), and Management Science (2011-2017), and Area Editor (Environment, Energy and Sustainability) for Operations Research (2012-2018). She co-edited the 2013 M&SOM Special Issue on the Environment and the 2023 Management Science special issue on Business and Climate Change. She was the President of the MSOM Society and VP for Marketing, Communications and Outreach at INFORMS, with responsibility for the advocacy initiative and liaising with the NSF. She is the recipient of the 2018 INFORMS Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society Distinguished Service Award.

At Georgia Tech, Dr. Toktay served as the Scheller College of Business ADVANCE Professor (2012-2020), a role focused on supporting the advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in academia. She is the founding Faculty Director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and served as the co-architect and Executive Faculty Co-Director of Georgia Tech’s Serve-Learn-Sustain Initiative (2016-2021). She is currently interim Executive Director for the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems and Co-Chair of Sustainability Next, a Georgia Tech Strategic Plan Implementation task force. She’s a recipient of the 2019 Graduate Student Government Association’s “Faculty of the Year” award, the 2016 Ernest Scheller Jr. Award for Service Excellence, and the Georgia Tech 2015 Women of Distinction Award. The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce selected her as a 2019 E3 Impact Award Finalist, an award that recognizes “visionary individuals advancing sustainability in Atlanta.”

Scheller College of Business

  • Professor of Operations Management
  • Brady Family Chairholder
  • Center Faculty Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business
  • Interim Executive Director, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – PhD, Operations Research
  • Purdue University – MS, Industrial Engineering
  • Boğaziçi University – BS, Industrial Engineering and Mathematics


  • French
  • Turkish
  • Greek