Turgay Ayer is the Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Endowed Chair & a Professor in H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and is the Director of Business Intelligence and Healthcare Analytics at the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition, Dr. Ayer has a courtesy appointment in Emory Medical School and serves as a senior advisor to CDC.

His research focuses on healthcare analytics and socially responsible business analytics with a particular emphasis on practice-focused research. Ayer has authored/co-authored more than 50 research articles in top-tier management, engineering and medical journals, several of which are covered by popular media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News, and NPR.

Dr. Ayer has received over $2.5 million grant funding and several awards for his work, including an NSF CAREER Award (2015), first place in the MSOM Practice-Based Research Competition (2017), INFORMS Franz Edelman Laureate Award (2017), and MSOM Responsible Research Award in Operations Management (2019).

Ayer serves as associate editor for Management Science , Operations Research , and MSOM , and is a past president of the INFORMS Health Application Society. He received a B.S. in industrial engineering from Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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