Prof. Senay Solak


 

Senay Solak 

Associate Professor  


Telephone: 413-545-5681

Email: solak@isenberg.umass.edu

Office: Isenberg 318

 

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Education:

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute

of Technology, 2007
M.S., Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute

of Technology, 2002
B.S., Electrical Engineering, United States

Naval Academy, 1997 

Research/Teaching Interests:

Air Transportation Planning
R&D/Technology Portfolio Management
Stochastic Models
Simulation

 


Publications:

Journal Papers

 

"Lower Cost Arrivals for Airlines: Optimal Policies for Managing Runway Operations under Optimized Profile Descent," with H. Chen, Production and Operations Management, accepted (2014)

"Stochastic Models for Strategic Resource Allocation in Foreclosed Housing Acquisitions," with A. Bayram, M. Johnson, European Journal of Operational Research, 233 (1), pp.  246-262 (2014)

"Management of Energy Technology for Sustainability: How to Fund Energy Technology R&D," with E. Baker, Production and Operations Management, 23 (3), pp.  348-365 (2014)

"Decision Modeling for Foreclosed Property Acquisition by Community Development Corporations in the United States," with A. Bayram, International Transactions in Operational Research, 21 (3), pp. 501-524 (2014)

"Determining Stochastic Airspace Capacity for Air Traffic Flow Management," with J-P. Clarke, L. Ren, A. Vela, Transportation Science, 47 (4), pp. 542-559 (2013)

"Vehicle Routing with Demand Allocation for Nonprofit Distribution Operations," with A. Ghoniem, C. Scherrer, Journal of the Operational Research Society,  64 (1), pp. 114-124 (2013)

"Property Value Impacts of Foreclosed Housing Acquisitions Using a Markov Model," with M. Johnson, R. Drew, J. Keisler, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 47 (4), pp. 292-308 (2013)
 
"The Stop-and-Drop Problem in Nonprofit Food Distribution Networks," with C. Scherrer, A. Ghoniem, Annals of Operations Research,  accepted (2012)
 
"Formulation of Reduced-Taskload Optimization Models for Conflict Resolution," with A. Vela, K. Feigh, W. Singhose, J-P. Clarke, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part A, 42 (6), pp. 1552-1561 (2012)

 

"Management of Energy Technology for Sustainability: How to Fund Energy Technology R&D," with E. Baker, Production and Operations Management, accepted (2013) 

 

"Property Value Impacts of Foreclosed Housing Acquisitions Using a Markov Model," with M. Johnson, R. Drew, J. Keisler, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, accepted (2013)

 

"Determining Stochastic Airspace Capacity for Air Traffic Flow Management," with J-P. Clarke, L. Ren, A. Vela, Transportation Science, accepted (2012)

 

"The Stop-and-Drop Problem in Nonprofit Food Distribution Networks," with C. Scherrer, A. Ghoniem, Annals of Operations Research,  accepted (2012)

 

"Vehicle Routing with Demand Allocation for Nonprofit Distribution Operations," with A. Ghoniem, C. Scherrer, Journal of the Operational Research Society,  accepted (2012)

 

"Formulation of Reduced-Taskload Optimization Models for Conflict Resolution," with A. Vela, K. Feigh, W. Singhose, J-P. Clarke, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part A, accepted (2011)

 

"Climate Change and Optimal Energy Technology R&D Policy," with E. Baker, European Journal of Operational Research, 213 (2), pp. 442-454 (2011)

 

"Runway Operations Optimization in the Presence of Uncertainties," with G. Solveling, J-P. Clarke, E. Johnson, Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 34 (5), pp. 1373-1382 (2011)

 

"Runway Operations Planning with Reduced Environmental Impact," with G. Solveling, J-P. Clarke, E. Johnson, Transportation Research Part D, 16 (2), pp. 110-120 (2011)

 

"Optimization of R&D Project Portfolios under Endogenous Uncertainty," with J-P. Clarke, E. Johnson, E. Barnes, European Journal of Operational Research, 207 (1), pp. 420-433 (2010)

 

"Near Real-Time Fuel-Optimal En-Route Conflict Resolution," with A. Vela, J-P. Clarke, W. Singhose, E. Barnes, E. Johnson, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 11 (4), pp. 826-837 (2010)

 

"Pure Network Based Procedures for Constrained Assignment Problems in Naval Personnel Planning," with A. Ali, D. Vance, Military Operations Research, 15 (4), pp. 27-37 (2010).

 

"SysML Modeling of Off-the-shelf-option Acquisition for Risk Mitigation in Military Programs," with J. Constantine, Systems Engineering, 13 (1), pp. 80-94 (2010)

 

"Reducing Human Errors in Consumer Product Design through Usability Life Cycle Analysis," with A. Adeniyi, Ergonomia IJE&HF, 31 (1), pp. 1-10 (2010).

 

"Airport Terminal Capacity Planning," with J-P. Clarke, E. Johnson, Transportation Research Part B, 43 (6), 659-676 (2009).

 

Refereed Conference Proceedings/Book Chapters

 

"Optimizing Operating Room Efficiency in Robotic Surgery," with O. Harmanli, K. Jones,  A. Bayram, B. Yuksel, F. Al-Jaheni,  Proceedings of the 14th American Urogynecologic Society / International Urogynecological Association Scientific Meeting (2014)

"Management of Energy Technology for Sustainability: How to Fund Energy Technology R&D," with E. Baker, Proceedings of the 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economics (2014).

"Measuring and Optimizing Cybersecurity Investments: A Quantitative Portfolio Approach," with Y. Zhuo, Proceedings of IIE Annual Conference (2014).
 

"Management of Energy Technology for Sustainability: How to Fund Energy Technology R&D," with E. Baker, Proceedings of the Workshop on Climate Change Impacts and Integrated Assessment (2012).

 

"Dynamic and Stochastic Knapsack-Type Models for Foreclosed Housing Acquisition and Redevelopment," with A. Bayram, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (2012).

 

"Runway Operations Planning through Continuous Descent Approach with Sustainability Considerations," with H. Chen, Proceedings of the INFORMS MSOM Conference (2012).

 

"Optimal Climate Change Policy: R&D Investments and Abatement Under Uncertainty," with E. Baker, Proceedings of the AERE Summer Conference (2011).

 

"Managing Foreclosed Housing Portfolios for Improved Social Outcomes," with A. Bayram, M. Johnson, D. Turcotte, Proceedings of the 22nd POMS Annual Conference (2011).

 

"Stochastic Dynamic Models for Foreclosed Housing Acquisition and Redevelopment," with A. Bayram, M. Johnson, D. Turcotte, Proceedings of the IIE Annual Conference (2011).

 

"Runway Operations Optimization in the Presence of Uncertainties," with G. Solveling, J-P. Clarke, E. Johnson, Proceedings of the 10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference (2010).

 

"Airspace Complexity Estimations to Support Traffic Flow Management," with E. Salaun, A. Vela, E. Feron, J-P. Clarke, Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (2010).

 

"Climate Change and Optimal Energy Technology R&D Policy," with E. Baker, Proceedings of the 4th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economics (2010).

 

"A Mixed Integer Program for Flight-Level Assignment and Speed Control for Conflict Resolution," with A. Vela, W. Singhose, J-P. Clarke, Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2009).

 

"Implementing Uncertainty and Learning in Climate Change Policy Analysis," with E. Baker, Proceedings of the Workshop on Uncertainty and Learning in the Management of Environmental and Natural Resources (2009).

 

"A Two-Stage Stochastic Optimization Model for Air Traffic Conflict Resolution under Wind Uncertainty," with A. Vela, E. Salaun, E. Feron, W. Singhose, J-P. Clarke, Proceedings of the 28th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (2009).

 

"A Fuel Optimal and Reduced Controller Workload Optimization Model for Conflict Resolution," with A. Vela, E. Feron, K. Feigh, W. Singhose, J-P. Clarke, Proceedings of the 28th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (2009).

 

"A Simplified Approach to Determine Airspace Complexity Maps under Automated Conflict Resolution," with E. Salaun, A. Vela, E. Feron, J-P. Clarke, Proceedings of the 28th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (2009).

 

"Air Traffic Flow Management in the Presence of Uncertainty," with J-P. Clarke, Y. Chang, L. Ren, A. Vela, Proceedings of the 8th USA/Europe Seminar on Air Traffic Management Research & Development (2009).

 

"Climate Change Energy Technology R&D Portfolio," with E. Baker, Proceedings of the International Energy Workshop (2009).

 

"A Stochastic Programming Model with Decision Dependent Uncertainty Realizations for Technology Portfolio Management," with J-P. Clarke, E. Johnson, E. Barnes, Operations Research Proceedings: Selected Papers. S. Nickel, J.Kalcsics eds. Berlin, Germany: Springer (2007).

 

"Combined Discrete-Continuous Simulation Modeling of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle," with R. Jarnagin, Extending the Horizons: Advances in Computing, Optimization and Decision Technologies. E. Baker, A. Joseph, A. Mehrotra, M. Trick eds. Norwell, MA: Springer (2007).

 

"Simulating Convective Weather for Air Traffic Management Modeling," with L. Ren, D. Chang, J-P. Clarke, E. Barnes, E. Johnson, Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference (2007).

 

"A Multiattribute Utility Model for Consumer Decision Making and Optimal Product Configuration," with S. Bolat, G. Sarpkaya, Proceedings of the AMS Annual Conference (2006).

 

"Ph.D. Students' Value Perceptions of Their Education: An Applications of Means End Chain Model," with S. Bolat, A. Fairhurst, Y. Kim, Proceedings of the AMS Annual Conference (2006).

 

"A Multicommodity Flow Based Multistage Stochastic Programming Approach to Capacity Analysis at Airport Terminals," with J-P. Clarke, E. Johnson, Proceedings of the IIE Annual Conference (2006).

 



Academic/Professional Activities:

Dr. Solak's academic and professional activities involve projects for NASA, FAA and the Department of Transportation, as well as consulting activities for the industry. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), where he serves as the Vice President / President-Elect of the Aviation Applications Section.


Grants:

Projects

"Optimizing Operating Room Efficiency in Robotic Surgery," Intuitive Surgical, Inc., 2012-2013

 

"Cyber Security Risk Analysis and Security Investment Optimization," Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), 2012

 

"Centralized Decision Making in Societal Response to Foreclosures," University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2011-2012

 

"Decision Models for Foreclosed Housing Acquisition and Redevelopment", National Science Foundation (NSF), 2010-2012

 

"Location-Allocation and Routing Problems in Humanitarian Distribution Networks," University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009

 

"Surface Optimization for Air Traffic Flow Management", National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) via Georgia Institute of Technology subcontract, 2008-2010

 

"Approaches to Traffic Flow Management in the Presence of Uncertainty," National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2006-2008

 

"Portfolio Optimization", Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) via Georgia Institute of Technology subcontract, 2006-2007

 

Research Support

 

University of Massachusetts Amherst Research Support Fund Grant, 2010, 2012, 2014

 

University of Massachusetts Amherst Flex Grant, 2010, 2012, 2014

 

University of Massachusetts Amherst Mellon Mutual Mentoring Micro Grant, 2011

 

Sloan Industry Studies Travel Grant, 2009

 

Isenberg School of Management Junior Faculty Travel Grant, 2009

 


Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Researcher Award, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2014)

Best Paper Award in Computer and Information Systems, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Annual Conference (2014)

Finalist, INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Services and Needs (SPPSN) Best Paper Award (2013)

Finalist, INFORMS Doing Good with Good OR Student Paper Competition - Research Advisor (2013)

Best Paper Award in Operations Research and Management, 3rd International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (2012)

Best Paper Award in Joseph A. Hartman Student Paper Competition - Research Advisor (2012)

Best Paper Award in Conference, Second Place, 28th  Digital Avionics System Conference (2009)

Best Paper Award in Air Traffic Management Cluster, 28th  Digital Avionics System Conference (2009)

Outstanding Faculty Support Award, UMass Amherst Student Chapter of INFORMS (2009)

Best Student Paper Award, Southeastern INFORMS Conference (2007)

The Supply Chain & Logistics Institute Global Logistics Scholar, Georgia Institute of Technology (2005)

Distinctive Graduate, United States Naval Academy (1997)