Department of Industrial Engineering undergraduate students Kaan Yavuz, Beril Burçak, Hakan Şentürk, Ayça Karatepe, Osman Karaaslan and Alaz Şenol have been selected as finalists in the 2015 INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize Competition for their IE477-478 System Design project, “Integrated Optimization of Aircraft Utilization and On-Time Performance,” conducted under the supervision of Dr. Kemal Göler in collaboration with the Pegasus Airlines Network Planning Department. The students are presenting their work at the 2015 INFORMS annual meeting, being held this week from November 1 to 4 in Philadelphia in the US.
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is the largest professional society in the world for individuals in the field of operations research, management science and analytics.
The Undergraduate Operations Research Prize Competition is held each year to honor a student or group of students who have conducted a significant applied project in operations research or management science and/or original, important theoretical or applied research in operations research or management science while enrolled as an undergraduate.
The team was also selected as the winner in the 13th Bilkent University Industrial Engineering Senior Design Project Contest and Fair held in May with their project, which is the first and only such design project that has been conducted in conjunction with Pegasus Airlines.