Sibel Alumur Alev

Sibel Alumur Alev
Associate Professor
Location: CPH 4321
Phone: 519-888-4567 x33365


Dr. Alumur Alev is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She received her Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in 2009 and subsequently served as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Operations Research at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Before joining the University of Waterloo in 2014, she worked as an Assistant Professor at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara. In 2017, she received the Chuck ReVelle Rising Star Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) as a recognition of her research accomplishments in Location Analysis. In 2020, she received an Outstanding Performance Award at the University of Waterloo and in 2023, she was awarded the Engineering Research Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding research accomplishments in the Faculty of Engineering. She served as a Board Member for the EURO Working Group on Locational Analysis (EWGLA) and as the President of the INFORMS Section on Location Analysis (SOLA). She is the Founding President of the Transportation & Logistics Special Interest Group of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) and also serves as a Councillor for CORS. She currently serves as the Senior Associate Editor for the journal Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, an Associate Editor for the journals Transportation Science and Service Science, an Editorial Board Editor for Transportation Research Part B, and an Editorial Board Member for Computers & Operations Research. Her research projects were funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), including a “National Young Researchers Career Development Grant”, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS). She guest-edited four separate special journal issues to date and organized clusters, streams, and sessions at several international conferences. Her research interests lie in optimizing facility locations and logistics operations, in particular, hub location, hub network design, supply chain and reverse logistics network design.

Research Interests

  • Hub Location and Hub Network Design
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Optimization
  • Location Modeling


  • 2009, Doctorate, Industrial Engineering, Bilkent University, Turkey
  • 2004, Master of Science, Industrial Engineering, Bilkent University, Turkey
  • 2001, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey


  • 2020 Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo
  • 2017 Chuck ReVelle Rising Star Award, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Section on Location Analysis
  • 2017 Outstanding contribution in Reviewing, Computers & Operations Research


  • MSCI 131 - Work Design and Facilities Planning
    • Taught in 2019, 2020
  • MSCI 331 - Introduction to Optimization
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • MSCI 434 - Supply Chain Management
    • Taught in 2021, 2022

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Kinay, O. B., Gzara, F., & Alumur, S. A., Full cover charging station location problem with routing, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 1, 2021
  • Taherkhani, G., Alumur, S. A., & Hosseini, S. M., Robust-stochastic models for profit maximizing hub location problems., Transportation Science, , 2021
  • Alumur, S. A., Campbell, J. F., Contreras, I., Kara, B. Y., Marianov, V., & O’Kelly, M. E., Perspectives on modeling hub location problems., European Journal of Operational Research, 1, 2021
  • Taherkhani, Gita and Alumur, Sibel A and Hosseini, Seyed Mojtaba, Benders decomposition for profit maximizing hub location problems with capacity allocation, Transportation Science, 1446, 2020
  • Taherkhani, Gita and Alumur, Sibel A, Profit maximizing hub location problems, Omega, 1, 2019
  • Masaeli, M and Alumur, SA and Bookbinder, JH, Shipment scheduling in hub location problems, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 126, 2018
  • Serper, Elif Zeynep, Alumur, Sibel A, The design of capacitated intermodal hub networks with different vehicle types, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 51, 2016

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