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Turgay Ayer

George Family Foundation Early Career Professor and Associate Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering

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Ph.D./M.Sc. Industrial and Systems Engineering, Minor in Mathematics (2011), University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S. Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Minor in Mathematics (2006), Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey

Turgay Ayer

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Turgay Ayer is the George Family Foundation Early Career professor and an associate professor at Industrial and Systems Engineering, and is the research director for healthcare analytics and business intelligence in the Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech. In addition, Dr. Ayer holds a courtesy appointment at Emory Medical School. 

Dr. Ayer conducts research on healthcare analytics. He has worked on various projects related to different aspects of healthcare, including health outcomes research, disease prevention & control modeling, infectious disease modeling, healthcare delivery planning, reimbursement mechanisms and payment models, and health information exchanges. His research papers have been published in top tier management, engineering and medical journals, and covered by popular media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News, and NPR. 
Ayer has several awards for his work, including an NSF CAREER Award (2015), first place in the MSOM Best Practice-Based Research Competition (2017), INFORMS Franz Edelman Laureate Award (2017), and Society for Medical Decision Making Lee Lusted Award (2009). 

Ayer serves an associate editor for Operations Research and Management Science, 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.

  • Operations Research
  • Health and Humanitarian Logistics
  • Health Systems
  • Medical O.R. and Biostatistics
Seth Bonder Foundation Research Award - 2012
First Prize, INFORMS Doing Good with Good OR Competition - 2011
Second Prize, INFORMS MSOM Society Student Paper Competition - 2011
Finalist in INFORMS Decision Analysis Society Student Paper Competition - 2011
Recipient of the INFORMS Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services - 2010
Selected for the 2010 INFORMS Doctoral Colloquium - 2010
Recipient of the Society of Medical Decision Making Lee B. Lusted Award - 2009
Recipient of the INFORMS Interactive Session Award - 2009
Outstanding Presentation Award in the Informatics Session of 2008 Annual Meeting of Radiological Society of North America (invited for publication in RadioGraphics) - 2008
Paul Carbone Prize for Best Poster in Cancer Control during 2nd Annual UW Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC) Research Retreat - 2008
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Georgia Tech Supply Chain and
Logistics Institute
H. Milton Stewart School of
Industrial & Systems Engineering
765 Ferst Drive, NW, Suite 228
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.894.2343