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Dr. Sandra D. Ekşioğlu

Dr. Sandra D. Ekşioğlu Associate Professor
Co-Director of Clemson’s Operations Research Institute (CORI)
Deputy Director of Clemson’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)

Department of Industrial Engineering
277-C Freeman Hall, Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0920

Phone: (864) 656-7889
Fax: (864) 656-0795

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BS, Business Administration
University of Tirana, Albania 1994

MS, Economics and Management Sciences
MAICh, Greece 1996

PhD, Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Florida, 2002

Research Areas

Developing models and solution algorithms to solve large-scale problems that arise in the areas of transportation, logistics, and supply chain. In particular, in the application of these tools to the biofuel supply chain.


Ekşioğlu, S. D., M. M.  şeref, R. K. Ahuja, W.L. Winston, “Developing Spreadsheet-Based Decision Support Systems” , 2nd Edition, Dynamic Ideas Publishers, 2011 ( index.html).

“Handbook of Bioenergy” S.D. Ekşioğlu , S. Rebennack, P.M. Pardalos (eds), Springer Publishers, 2015.

Selected Publications

Wang, S., H. Gangammanavar, S.D. Ekşioğlu, S. Mason “Stochastic Optimization for Energy Management in Power Systems with Multiple Microgrids,” To appear in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

Palak, G. S.D. Ekşioğlu, J. Geunes “Heuristic Algorithms for the Inventory Replenishment Problem with Perishable Products and Multiple Transportation Modes,” IISE Transactions, Vol. 50(4), 2018, 345-365.

Karimi, H., S.D. Ekşioğlu, A. Khademi “Analyzing Tax Incentives for Producing Renewable Energy by Biomass Cofiring”, IISE Transactions, Vol 50(4), 2018, 332-344. (Featured in the March 2018 issue of ISE Magazine).

Marufuzzaman, M, S.D. Ekşioğlu, “Designing a Reliable and Dynamic Intermodal Hub-and-Spoke Supply Chain for Biomass,” Transportation Science, Vol 51(2), 494-517, 2017.

Roni, MD, S.D. Ekşioğlu, K.G. Cafferty, J.J. Jacobson “A multi-objective, hub-and-spoke model to design and manage biofuel supply chains,” Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 249, 2017, 351-380.

S.D. Ekşioğlu, H. Karimi, B. Ekşioğlu “Optimization Models to Integrate Production and Transportation Planning for Biomass Co-Firing in Coal-Fired Power Plants”, IIE Transactions, Vol. 48(10), 2016, 901-920. (Featured in the Sept. 2016 issue of ISE Magazine).

Marufuzzaman, M, S.D. Ekşioğlu, R. Hernandez, “Environmentally Friendly Supply Chain Planning and Design for Biodiesel Production via Wastewater Sludge,” Transportation Science, 48(4), 555-574, 2014.

Professional Awards

2018 IISE Transactions Best Paper Award (Ekşioğlu, Karimi & Ekşioğlu)
2015 ASEE-SE Mid-Career Teaching Award
2011 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
2010 INFORMS Moving Spirit Award for Chapters

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Engineering Education
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Senior Member of Institute of Industrial Engineers

Editorial Board

Optimization Letters
Journal of Cleaner Production
Energy Systems