Associate Professor

Contact InformationSibel Alumur Alev

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


Biography Summary

Sibel Alumur Alev is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She received her PhD 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 the other on “Recent Advances in Hub Location”. She served as a Board Member for the EURO Working Group on Locational Analysis (EWGLA), and currently serving as the President for the INFORMS Section on Location Analysis (SOLA). 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 facility location and logistics, in particular, hub location and hub network design, supply chain and reverse logistics network design, and hazardous materials logistics.

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

Selected/Recent Publications

  • 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
  • Alumur, Sibel A, Nickel, Stefan, Rohrbeck, Brita, Saldanha-da-Gama, Francisco, Modeling congestion and service time in hub location problems, Applied Mathematical Modelling, 55, 2018, 13 - 32
  • 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
  • Peker, Meltem, Kara, Bahar Y, Campbell, James F, Alumur, Sibel A, Spatial Analysis of Single Allocation Hub Location Problems, Networks and Spatial Economics, 16(4), 2016, 1075 - 1101
  • Alumur, Sibel A, Nickel, Stefan, Saldanha-da-Gama, Francisco, Secerdin, Yusuf, Multi-period hub network design problems with modular capacities, Annals of Operations Research, 246(1-2), 2016, 289 - 312
  • Tari, Isil, Alumur, Sibel A, Collection Center Location with Equity Considerations in Reverse Logistics Networks, INFOR: Information Systems and Operational Research, 52(4), 2015, 157 - 173
  • Alumur, Sibel A, Nickel, Stefan, Saldanha-da-Gama, Francisco, Hub location under uncertainty, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 46(4), 2012, 529 - 543
  • Alumur, Sibel A, Nickel, Stefan, Saldanha-da-Gama, Francisco, Verter, Vedat, Multi-period reverse logistics network design, European Journal of Operational Research, 220(1), 2012, 67 - 78
  • Alumur, Sibel A, Yaman, Hande, Kara, Bahar Y, Hierarchical multimodal hub location problem with time-definite deliveries, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 48(6), 2012, 1107 - 1120
  • Alumur, Sibel A, Kara, Bahar Y, Karasan, Oya E, Multimodal hub location and hub network design, Omega, 40(6), 2012, 927 - 939