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Metin Cakanyildirim
Office MailstopMail Box: SM30, Room No.: SOM3408 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-6361    URL Metin Cakanyildirim's Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.Operations ResearchCornell University2000
 M.S.Management ScienceUniversity of Waterloo1995
 B.S.Industrial EngineeringBilkent University1993
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Research Areas

Capacity and inventory management, transshipments, partially observed inventories, cargo overbooking, information security, forecasting.

Industry Areas
  • Semiconductor manufacturing. White papers: 1) Operations planning. 2) Demand forecating and capacity planning.
  • Distribution Sytems and Retail.
  • Cargo airlines.
  • Global Supply Chains. CSCMP Global Perspectives Turkey. Entire document is available here.
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  YearPublication  Type
Analysis of Product Rollover Strategies in the Presence of Strategic Customers. (C. Liang and S.P. Sethi). To appear in Management Science.
Optimal Transshipments and Reassignments under Periodic or Cyclic Holding Cost Accounting. (with N. Çömez and K.Stecke). Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol.64, 2013: 1517-1539.
An Incomplete Inventory Information Model with Shrinkage and Observed Sales. (with A. Bensoussan, M. Li and S.P. Sethi). Stochastics: An International Journal of Probability and Stochastic Processes. Vol.85, No.4, 2013: 589-603.
Contracting and Coordination under Asymmetric Production Cost Information. (with Q. Feng, X. Gan and S.P. Sethi). Production and Operations Management, Vol.21, No2, 2012: 345-360.
Optimal overbooking limits for a two-dimensional cargo problem. (with L. Moussawi). Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, Vol.11, No.4, 2012: 453-476.
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2003 2003 Optimal capacity expansion and contraction under demand uncertainty.

IIE Portland conference.

12/1999 12/1999 SeDFAM: Semiconductor Demand Accuracy Model.
Presented at Philadelphia Informs, Nov 1999, at [BM Watson Research Center Dec 1999, at University of Chicago 2002, at special award presentations of Portland, OR IIE Conference 2003.
11/2005 11/2005 Virtual Pooling with Multiple In-Cycle Transshipments.
N. Comez, Kathryn Stecke and M. Cakanyildirim at Informs, San Francisco Conference.
11/2005 11/2005 Optimal configuration of security systems with updated attack probabilities.
M. Cakanyildirim, H. Ogut and W.T. Yue at Informs, San Francisco Conference.
11/2005 11/2005 Profit maximization in air cargo overbooking.
L. Moussawi and M. Cakanyildirim at Informs, San Francisco Conference.
Collapse Section Expand Section Appointments
DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
Summer 2004-Summer 2004Visiting Professor  Fu Jen University, Taiwan
Summer 1999-Summer 1999Instructor  Cornell University
Summer 1996-Summer 1996Intern  IBM Watson Research Center, NY
2000-2006Assistant Professor  University of Texas at Dallas
1995-2000Research and Teaching Assistant  Cornell University
1993-1995Research and Teaching Assistant  University of Waterloo
08/2006-PresentAssociate Professor  University of Texas at Dallas
05/2006-04/2008Statistical Updating Methods in Risk and Decision Analysis: Applications to Supply Chains.ARP grant in applied mathematics given by Texas education board$79,000Previous
07/2005-06/2008Inventory control with partial observations and inspections.National Science Foundation, Division on Mathematical Sciences$200,000Previous
02/2006-12/2006Forecasting Demand and Optimal OrderingBlueline/Rediform$70,000Previous
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 Additional Information
  • Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Award given by Production and Operations Management Society in 2005.
  • Outstanding Industry Contributor, given by the Center for Intelligent Supply Networks in August 2004.
  • Best paper in Scheduling and Logistics in 2001-2002 by HE Transactions for "SeDFAM: Semiconductor demand forecast accuracy model".

Industrial Engagements - Advising
  • 2006 April-June Lennox on Demand forecast errors at Iowa A/C plant
  • 2006 J an-Present Blueline/Rediform
  • 2003 Fall-Present. Sabre, Dallas on cargo overbooking.
  • 2002-2003 Motorola, Austin on operations planning and forecasting.
  • 1998-2000 Semiconductor Research Cooperation on forecasting and capacity management (as a Ph.D. student).

  • Serving in N. Comez’s Ph.D. thesis committee.
  • Chaired Dr. L. Moussawi’s Ph.D. Thesis. Currently Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut.
  • Served in Dr. A. Feng’s PhD thesis committee. Currently Assistant Professor at University of Texas at Austin.
  • Served in Dr. J. Zhou’s Pl1D thesis committee. Currently Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
  • Served in Dr. H. Ogut’s PhD thesis committee. Currently Assistant Professor at TOBB Economy and Technology University, Turkey.
  • Co-chaired with Prof. Sethi Dr. S.Luo’s Ph.D. Thesis. Currently with Bank One in Virginia.
  • Served in X. Gan’s PhD thesis committee. Currently Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  • Co-chaired with Prof Raghunathan Mr. Xiohang Yue’s Ph.D. Thesis. Currently Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
  • Evaluated Mr. Yao Li’s thesis (Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) in the capacity of external committee member with Prof. Chelliah Sriskandaraj ah in Jan 2002.
  • Served in Prof Subodha Kumar’s (currently at University of Washington) Ph.D. committee in Jul 2001.


Service at UTD
(committee memberships, committee chairs)

  • Organizing Committee member for the Decision and Risk Analysis Conference at UTD, May 07.
  • Co-chairing Risk-Informed Supply Chain (RISC) Sessions at the Decision and Risk Analysis Conference at UTD, May 07.
  • Worked on recruiting army engineers for the supply chain concentration.
  • 2005-2006 Member of OM professor recruiting committee, School of Management.
  • A member of the education board of Council Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Member of UTD research centers: C4ISN and ICDRIA.
  • 2006-2007 member of ubdergraduate curriculum committee, School of Management.
  • 2000-2005 Member of teaching committee, School of Management.
  • 2003-2004 Member of assistant professor recruiting committee, School of Management.
  • 2001 -2002 Member of the academic senate.
  • Fall 2001 Designed a proposal for a Supply Chain Management concentration as a MS degree.


  • Reviewed the Supply Chain Chapter in the Internet Encylopedia, Hossein Bidgoli (Editor), ISBN: 0-471-22201-l
  • Reviewed a Supply Chain Management book proposal for Prentice Hall in Nov 2001.
  • Reviewed "Production and Operations Management: A Supply Chain Approach" by D. Waller for Houghton Mifflin in Feb 2002.


  • Track chair for Inventory and Production Models, POMS Dallas Conference 2007.
  • Local events coordinator, POMS Dallas Conference 2007.
  • Session co-chair of Stochastic Dynamic Programming, EURO XXI, Reykjavik (July 2006).
  • Cluster co-chair for Stochastic Processes Cluster for Istanbul Informs Conference July 2003.
  • Session chair for San Jose Informs Conference November 2002.


  • Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Engineering Economist, European Journal of Operational Research, Production and Operations Management, Infor: Informations systems and operational research, Management Science, Operations Research, MSOM, IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Management.

Professional Afiiliations

  • INFORMS, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Production Operations Management Society

Professional Organizations
  • The Institute For Operations Research and The Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Production and Operations Management Society
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Global Association of Risk Professionals

Awards and Recognition
  • 2007: Harold W. Kuhn Award from Naval Research Logistics Journal for the paper “A General Strategic Capacity Planning Model under Demand Uncertainty”
  • 2005: Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Award from Production and Operations Management Society
  • 2004: Outstanding Industry Contributor from the Center for Intelligent Supply Networks
  • 2002: Best paper in scheduling and logistics from IIE Transactions Journal for “SeDFAM: Semiconductor demand forecast accuracy model”
  • 2006-2008: ARP grant in applied mathematics by Texas Education Board: “Statistical Updating Methods in Risk and Decision Analysis: Applications to Supply Chains”
  • 2005-2008: NSF grant in applied mathematics: “Inventory Control with Partial Observations and Inspections”
  • 2006: Printed goods industry – Rediform Grant: “Forecasting Demand and Optimal Ordering”
  • 2007: Heating and ventilating industry – Lennox grant: “Study of the Uncertainties in Air Conditioning Demand”
  • 1996-2000: Semiconductor industry – Semiconductor Research Cooperation Grant: “Forecasting and Capacity Planning,” participated as a Ph.D. student
  • Editorial board, International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
  • Editorial board, Risk and Decision Analysis

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