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Zeynep Ertem

Assistant Professor

Systems Science and Industrial Engineering


Zeynep Ertem’s expertise is in data analytics in healthcare systems, epidemic disease modelling, network optimization, discrete optimization, social networks and health systems optimization. Prior to joining Binghamton University, she was an adjunct professor in the Department of Data Sciences and Operations at Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California. She also served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Data Science and Statistics. She completed her PhD in industrial and systems engineering at Texas A&M University after obtaining her BS degree in industrial engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, with a minor in mathematics. Her recent papers were published in high-impact journals such as PLOS Computational Biology, Social Networks, the Journal of Global Optimization, and also highlighted by several U.S. news outlets.

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  • ME and PhD: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

    BS: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Research Interests

  • Optimization and modelling
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Infectious disease modelling
  • Public health optimization
  • Social networks
  • Machine learning on public health
  • Network optimization


  • Women in OR/MS travel award, 2015
  • Texas A&M Industrial and Systems Engineering Department travel award, 2015
  • Travel Award, Discrete Optimization Workshop, Kiev, Ukraine, 2010
  • Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship to pursue a graduate degree ($150,000)
  • The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Merit-Based Fellowship for Graduate Students, 2007-2008, ($20,000)
  • YAEM (IE-OR Association of Turkey) systems design project award - Workflow and Layout Improvement

More Info

  • Inter-urban interactions of mobility via cellular position tracking in the southeast Songliao Basin, Northeast China. Du, Z., Yang, Y., Ertem, Z., Gao, C., Huang, L., Huang, Q., Bai, Y. 2019. Under publication Scientific Data (Impact Factor: 5.30)
  • Scientific insights into Physarum-based modelling: Comment on “Does being multi-headed make you better at solving problems? A survey of Physarum-based models and computations” by C. Gao et al. Du, Z., Cai, Q., Ertem, Z., Bai, Y. Physics of Life Reviews, January 2019 (Impact Factor: 9.47)
  • On the Multi-source Influenza Forecasting: A Bayesian Approach. Ertem, Z., Raymond, D., Meyers, L.A., PLOS Computational Biology, September 2018 (Impact Factor: 4.55)
  • The Maximum Independent Union of Cliques Problem: Complexity and Exact Approaches. Ertem, Z., Lykhovyd, E., Wang, Y., Butenko, S. Journal of Global Optimization, July 2018 (Impact Factor: 1.74)
  • Scale Reduction Techniques for Computing Maximum Induced Bi-cliques. Shahinpour, S., Shirvani, S., Ertem, Z., Butenko, S., Algorithms, October 2017 (Impact Factor: 1.44)
  • Detecting Large Cohesive Subgroups with High Clustering Coefficients. Ertem, Z., Veremyev, A., Butenko, S. Social Networks, July 2016 (Impact Factor: 3.57)
  • Demographic Breakdown of Twitter Users: An analysis based on names. Oktay, H., Firat, A., Ertem, Z. Proceedings of the Sixth ASE International Conference on Social Computing May 2014, Stanford,CA