Dr. Keskinocak's research focuses on operations research and management science with societal impact, particularly in health and humanitarian applications, supply chain management, and logistics/transportation.

Her recent work addresses infectious disease modeling-COVID-19, malaria, Guinea worm, pandemic flu-as well as the evaluation of intervention strategies and resource allocation as they relate to these diseases. She also researches catch-up scheduling for vaccinations, hospital operations management, disaster preparedness and response (e.g., prepositioning inventory), debris management, centralized and decentralized price, and lead-time decisions. Dr. Keskinocak has worked on projects with companies, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and healthcare providers, including the American Red Cross, CARE, The Carter Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University, and Intel Corporation. Her projects have spanned several industries, including automotive, semiconductor, paper manufacturing, printing, health care, hotels, and airlines.

Research Goals

  • Infectious disease modeling: Developing prediction tools for government agencies and health care providers to respond effectively to outbreaks
  • Health care operations support: Creating tools, systems, and algorithms to support health care staff in testing for disease, triaging patients, and providing proper care
  • Disaster response: Modeling and building response plans for disease outbreak and humanitarian disasters to minimize negative health, societal, and economic effects


  • Operations and system coordination: Building synergies for coordinated disaster response among local, national, and global stakeholders; between the public and private sectors; and across industries
  • Supply chain management: Developing and testing technology to support supply chain decision making and resource allocation
  • Logistics and transportation: Working with health care providers, humanitarian agencies, and community stakeholders to coordinate optimum efficiency in crises


  • William W. George Chair, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech 
  • ADVANCE Professor, College of Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • Director and Co-founder, Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems, Georgia Tech