Faculty Researchers


Reginald DesRoches

Dean's Professor, College of Engineering;
Associate Chair and Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. DesRoche's website

Dr. Reginald (Reggie) DesRoches completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His primary research and teaching interests are in earthquake engineering, seismic design and performance of bridges, structural dynamics, application of protective systems, and applications of smart materials. Dr. DesRoches is an Associate Editor of ASCE Structural Engineering Journal, and a member of serveral commitees, including EERI, TRB Seismic Design of Bridges Committee, and the FHWA Virtual Seismic Design Team. He currently is director of the Mid-America Earthquake Center Transportation Program.


Özlem Ergun

Associate Professor
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Co-director, Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Ergun's website

Dr. Özlem Ergun is an associate professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  She is also a co-founder and co-director of the Health and Humanitarian Logistics Research Center at the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute. She received a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001.  Professor Ergun's research focuses on the design and management of large-scale networks. Specifically, she studies logistics and communications networks that are dynamic and partially decentralized.  She has recently focused on understanding how collaboration among different entities can help the entities to be more efficient as well as create value for the overall system. She has applied her work on network design, management and collaboration to problems arising in the airline, ocean cargo and trucking industries. Recently, Dr. Ergun has taken a leadership role in promoting the use of systems thinking and mathematical modeling. As the co-director of Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics at Georgia Tech, she has worked with organizations that respond to humanitarian crisis around the world, including: World Food Programme, CARE USA, FEMA, USACE, CDC, AFCEMA, and MedShare International. Professor Ergun teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in optimization and logistics.  She was awarded the NSF Career Award in 2003. She won the EURO/INFORMS 2007 Management Science Strategic Innovation Prize given on the subject of Logistics in 2007.


Steve P. French

McKenney Family Professor in Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment
Professor of City and Regional Planning & Associate Dean of Research
College of Architecture
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. French's website

Professor Steven French is the David M. McKenney Professor of Sustainability, Energy and Environment and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Architecture.  He joined Georgia Tech in 1992 as the Director of the City Planning Program and served in that position through 1999.  He has directed the Center for Geographic Information Systems since 1996.  His teaching and research focus on sustainable urban development, land use planning, GIS applications and natural hazard risk assessment. Dr. French has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on more than 70 research projects. Over the past twenty years Dr. French has participated in a number of National Science Foundation projects dealing with flood and earthquake hazards.  He was the Social Science Thrust Leader for the Mid-America Earthquake Center, where he was the principal investigator on a series of projects that used advanced technology to create GIS-based building inventories and developed innovative approaches to model the social and economic consequences of earthquakes and other natural hazards.


Pinar Keskinocak

Joseph C. Mello Professor
Co-director, Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Keskinocak's website

Dr. Pinar Keskinocak's research focuses on applications of operations research and management science with societal impact (particularly health and humanitarian applications), supply chain management, pricing and revenue management, and logistics/transportation. She has worked on projects in several industries including automotive, semiconductor, paper manufacturing, printing, healthcare, hotels, and airlines. Her research has been published in journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, and Interfaces.


Laura Kovalchick

Research Scientist I
Environmental Safety and Occupational Health
Georgia Tech Research Institute


Laura Kovalchick is a Research Associate currently working with Dr. DesRoches and GTRI on research projects related to: water access, sanitation, water treatment systems, economic impacts of water, and the application of innovative engineering solutions to water-related problems in developing countries. Ms. Kovalchick received her B.A. from North Carolina State University and has previously worked with the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. She has been engaged in water-related research for over 3 years.


Kimberly E. Kurtis

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Kurtis' website

Dr. Kimberly (Kim) E. Kurtis is Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she joined the faculty in January 1999. Dr. Kurtis earned her BSE (1994) in Civil Engineering from Tulane University under a Deans Honor Scholarship and her PhD (1998) in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a Henry Hilp Fellow and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow.  Dr. Kurtis’s innovative research on the multi-scale structure and performance of cement-based materials has resulted in more than 100 technical publications and two US patents. In addition to her technical and educational service contributions at the American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Ceramics Society (ACerS), Portland Cement Association (PCA), Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), she has held two leadership positions – Chairman of ACI Committee 236: Materials Science of Concrete (2006-present) and Chair of American Ceramic Society’s Cements Division (2008-2009) – central to advancing science-based research on cement-based materials. Dr. Kurtis has served as Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and is Editorial Board member of Cement and Concrete Composites. She has been honored with ACI’s Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award (2005) and the ACI James Instruments Award for Research on NDE of Concrete (2008). Dr. Kurtis is Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the American Ceramics Society. 


Pelin Pekgün

Visiting Assistant Professor
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Pekgün's website

Pelin Pekgun is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey in 2000 and 2001, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005 and 2007. Before joining Georgia Tech, she led the operations research team in North America for JDA Software's Revenue Management and Pricing Group with 6 years of industry experience in various projects including retail, passenger travel, hospitality and other leisure industries. Dr. Pekgun's research focuses on applications of operations research and management science in pricing and revenue management, supply chain management, due-date/lead-time quotation, centralized/decentralized decision making, production planning and scheduling, and humanitarian logistics. She served as the Chair of the INFORMS Practitioner Colloquium in 2010 and has been serving as a member of the INFORMS Professional Recognition Committee since 2010.


Glenn J. Rix

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Rix's website

Dr. Glenn J. Rix is a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Rix earned his BSCE from Purdue University in 1982 and his MSCE and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 and 1988, respectively. His primary research and teaching interests are in soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering including laboratory and in situ measurement of dynamic soil properties, site response analysis, and liquefaction hazards. Current research projects are focusing on continued development of array-based surface wave methods, frequency dependence of shear modulus and material damping ratio, earthquake hazards in the Central and Eastern U.S., and seismic risk mitigation for ports. Dr. Rix is active in a variety of professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Seismological Society of America, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, and the NEES Consortium, Inc.


Julie Swann

Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Associate Professor
Co-Director, The Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Swann's website

She received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern in 1998 and 2001, respectively. In addition to her university experience, Dr. Swann participated in several research projects at General Motors and IBM, focusing on pricing in different industries. Dr. Swann is currently focused on the modeling and analysis of problems and algorithms in logistics, transportation and supply chain management. She has particular interests in developing and analyzing tools to manage demand, such as pricing, revenue management, or lead-time quotation, to increase the flexibility in the system and is currently doing work in humanitarian supply chains. Other research interests include applications of economics and optimization to healthcare policy.

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