Background

Banu Yetkin Ekren is a Senior Lecturer of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.  Previously, Dr Ekren worked as Associate Professor at Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey.  She completed her PhD at Unversity of Louisville, KY, USA, in the Department of Industrial Engineering.  She was the recipient of the best PhD dissertation award when she graduated in 2009.  Her dissertation focused on design and analysis of automated warehouses by using analytical and simulation modelling.

Dr Ekren also completed a one-year postdoctoral research in the period of 2011-2012 for a funded contract project with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), PA, USA.  She developed simulation models for the DLA's largest warehouse to improve its operating performance.

Current activities

Dr Ekren's expertise ranges widely from simulation modelling, agent-based modelling, inventory optimization, design and analysis of supply chains, automated warehousing to stochastic modelling.  Dr Ekren has published several articles in many reputed international journals and conference proceedings.  She has led international funded research projects focusing on design and analysis of smart supply chains as well as automated warehousing subjects.  She has been acting as a regular reviewer as well as guest editor for some reputed international journals.