Sibel Alumur Alev

Associate Professor

Contact InformationSibel Alumur Alev

Phone: 519-888-4567 x33365
Location: CPH 4321


Biography Summary

Dr. Alumur Alev is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She received her Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in 2009. She then worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Institute of Operations Research at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Prior to 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. She guest-edited two special issues in the journal Computers & Operations Research, one on “Recent Advances in Location Analysis”, and another on “Recent Advances in Hub Location”. 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 currently serves as the Senior Associate Editor for the journal Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, an Editorial Board Editor for Transportation Research Part B, and an Editorial Board Member for Computers & Operations Research. Her research was funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), including a “National Young Researchers Career Development Grant” given in 2012, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS). She 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
  • Reverse Logistics Network Design
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Location Analysis
  • Data Analytics Research


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


  • MSCI 131 - Work Design & Facilities Plan
    • Taught in 2017, 2019, 2020
  • MSCI 331 - Intro to Optimization
    • Taught in 2018, 2020, 2021
  • MSCI 434 - Supply Chain Management
    • Taught in 2021
  • MSCI 700 - Topics in Op Res & Mgmt
    • Taught in 2018, 2021
* 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, 144, 2021, 1 - 22
  • 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, 291, 2021, 1 - 17
  • Taherkhani, Gita and Alumur, Sibel A and Hosseini, Seyed Mojtaba, Benders decomposition for profit maximizing hub location problems with capacity allocation, Transportation Science, 54(6), 2020, 1446 - 1470
  • Taherkhani, Gita and Alumur, Sibel A, Profit maximizing hub location problems, Omega, 86, 2019, 1 - 15
  • Masaeli, M and Alumur, SA and Bookbinder, JH, Shipment scheduling in hub location problems, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 115, 2018, 126 - 142
  • Serper, Elif Zeynep, Alumur, Sibel A, The design of capacitated intermodal hub networks with different vehicle types, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 86, 2016, 51 - 65

Graduate Studies