Levent Kaan

Levent Kaan

Lecturer I - Management

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Operations Research
Southern Methodist University - 2011
M.S. - Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
North Dakota State University - 2007
B.S. - Industrial Engineering
Erciyes University - 1999

Research Areas

Research Interests
Simulation, Operations Research (linear and non-linear optimization, network and integer programming), Operations Management, Lean and Variation Six Sigma Quality,  Inventory Planning and Optimization, Probability and Statistics, Transportation Problems,


Sr. Staff Industrial Engineer
Bell Helicopter [2008–Present]
Parts Manufacturer App. Ground Lead
Gulfstream Aerospace [2005–2009]
Manufacturing Eng. II
Siemens Energy & Automation [2004–2005]
Industrial Engineer
JLG Industries [2004–2018]
Teaching Assistant
Southern Methodist University [2004–2010]
Research Assistant
North Dakota University [2002–2004]
Teaching Assistant
Middle East Technical University [1999–2002]

Additional Information

Professional Memberships
  • INFORMS USA since 2004 
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) since 2002 
  • Omega Rho Operations Research Honor Students Organization since 2010 
  • TED Kayseri College Foundation High School Alumni Organization since 1994
Honors and Other Recognitions
  • Textron Certified Black Belt 
  • Gold Pride Award, Gulfstream Aerospace 2008 
  • Ranked 1st in Erciyes University College of Engineering graduates for class of 1999 
  • U.S. Department of Education, Technology Transfer Program awards 2002-2004
Awards and Fellowships
  • Full scholarship by Southern Methodist University 2004-2008 
  • Full scholarship by North Dakota State University 2002-2004 
  • U.S. Department of Education, Technology Transfer Program awards 2002-2004