Metin Cakanyildirim

Professor - Management
Tags: Supply Chain Operations Management

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Operations Research
Cornell University - 2000
M.S. - Management Science
University of Waterloo - 1995
B.S. - Industrial Engineering
Bilkent University - 1993

Research Areas

Research Areas

Capacity and inventory management, transshipments, partially observed inventories, cargo overbooking, information security, forecasting.

Industry Areas
  • Semiconductor manufacturing. White papers: 1) Operations planning. 2) Demand forecating and capacity planning.
  • Distribution Sytems and Retail.
  • Cargo airlines.
  • Global Supply Chains. CSCMP Global Perspectives Turkey. Entire document is available here.


Analysis of Product Rollover Strategies in the Presence of Strategic Customers. (C. Liang and S.P. Sethi). To appear in Management Science. forthcoming - Publication
An Incomplete Inventory Information Model with Shrinkage and Observed Sales. (with A. Bensoussan, M. Li and S.P. Sethi). Stochastics: An International Journal of Probability and Stochastic Processes. Vol.85, No.4, 2013: 589-603. 2013 - Publication
Optimal Transshipments and Reassignments under Periodic or Cyclic Holding Cost Accounting. (with N. mez and K.Stecke). Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol.64, 2013: 1517-1539. 2013 - Publication
Contracting and Coordination under Asymmetric Production Cost Information. (with Q. Feng, X. Gan and S.P. Sethi). Production and Operations Management, Vol.21, No2, 2012: 345-360. 2012 - Publication
In-Season Transshipments among Competitive Retailers. (with N. mez and K.Stecke). Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Vol.14, No.2, 2012: 290-300. 2012 - Publication
Optimal overbooking limits for a two-dimensional cargo problem. (with L. Moussawi). Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, Vol.11, No.4, 2012: 453-476. 2012 - Publication
Multiple In-Cycle Transshipments with Positive Delivery Times. (with N. mez and K.Stecke). Production and Operations Management, Vol.21, No2, 2012: 378-395. 2012 - Publication
Average Cost Optimality in Inventory Models with Dynamic Information Delays. (with A. Bensoussan, S.P. Sethi, M. Wang and H. Zhang). IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol.56, No.12, 2011: 2869-2882. 2011 - Publication
Computation of Approximate Optimal Policies in a Partially Observed Inventory Model with Rain Checks. (with A. Bensoussan, S.P. Sethi and R. Shi).  Automatica, Vol.46, Iss.8, 2011: 1589-1604. 2011 - Publication
A cost-based analysis of intrusion detection system configuration under active or passive response. (with W. Yue).  Decision Support Systems, Vol 50, 2010: 21-31. 2010 - Publication


Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2006–Present]
Visiting Professor
Fu Jen University, Taiwan [2004–2004]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2000–2006]
Cornell University [1999–1999]
IBM Watson Research Center, NY [1996–1996]
Research and Teaching Assistant
Cornell University [1995–2000]
Research and Teaching Assistant
University of Waterloo [1993–1995]


Machine purchasing strategies under demand-and technology-driven uncertainties.
2000–2000 Presented at Columbia University (February 2000), University of Michigan (March 2000), Northwestern University (March 2000), Texas A&M University (April 2000) and [BM Watson Research Center (April 2000).
Optimal ordering policies for inventory problems with dynamic information delays.
2005–2005 A. Bensoussan, M. Cakanyildirim and S.P. Sethi at POMS, Chicago Conference.
Overbooking models for Cargo Transportation.
2003–2003 Sabre Inc.
Optimal ordering policies for inventory problems with dynamic information delays.
2006–2006 A. Bensoussan, M. Cakanyildirim and S. Sethi. Euro XXI, Reykjavik.
Profit maximization in air cargo overbooking.
2005–2005 L. Moussawi and M. Cakanyildirim at Informs, San Francisco Conference.

Additional Information

Professional Organizations
  • The Institute For Operations Research and The Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Production and Operations Management Society
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Global Association of Risk Professionals

Service at UTD
(committee memberships, committee chairs)

  • Organizing Committee member for the Decision and Risk Analysis Conference at UTD, May 07.
  • Co-chairing Risk-Informed Supply Chain (RISC) Sessions at the Decision and Risk Analysis Conference at UTD, May 07.
  • Worked on recruiting army engineers for the supply chain concentration.
  • 2005-2006 Member of OM professor recruiting committee, School of Management.
  • A member of the education board of Council Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Member of UTD research centers: C4ISN and ICDRIA.
  • 2006-2007 member of ubdergraduate curriculum committee, School of Management.
  • 2000-2005 Member of teaching committee, School of Management.
  • 2003-2004 Member of assistant professor recruiting committee, School of Management.
  • 2001 -2002 Member of the academic senate.
  • Fall 2001 Designed a proposal for a Supply Chain Management concentration as a MS degree.


  • Reviewed the Supply Chain Chapter in the Internet Encylopedia, Hossein Bidgoli (Editor), ISBN: 0-471-22201-l
  • Reviewed a Supply Chain Management book proposal for Prentice Hall in Nov 2001.
  • Reviewed "Production and Operations Management: A Supply Chain Approach" by D. Waller for Houghton Mifflin in Feb 2002.


  • Track chair for Inventory and Production Models, POMS Dallas Conference 2007.
  • Local events coordinator, POMS Dallas Conference 2007.
  • Session co-chair of Stochastic Dynamic Programming, EURO XXI, Reykjavik (July 2006).
  • Cluster co-chair for Stochastic Processes Cluster for Istanbul Informs Conference July 2003.
  • Session chair for San Jose Informs Conference November 2002.


  • Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Engineering Economist, European Journal of Operational Research, Production and Operations Management, Infor: Informations systems and operational research, Management Science, Operations Research, MSOM, IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Management.

Professional Afiiliations

  • INFORMS, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Production Operations Management Society
  • Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Award given by Production and Operations Management Society in 2005.
  • Outstanding Industry Contributor, given by the Center for Intelligent Supply Networks in August 2004.
  • Best paper in Scheduling and Logistics in 2001-2002 by HE Transactions for "SeDFAM: Semiconductor demand forecast accuracy model".

News Articles

Jindal Professors' Work on Inventory Management Keeps Adding Up
Inventory inaccuracy is common for many businesses. While cash registers track incoming orders and outgoing sales, inaccuracy arises because of unrecorded issues including spoilage, damage and theft. 

Three professors in the Naveen Jindal School of Management have researched inventory management for more than 10 years, and, in their latest study, published in the January issue of Production and Operations Management, they developed a new mathematical model to apply to inventory problems. 

Dr. Suresh Sethi, Eugene McDermott Chair of operations management, said the study of inventory management has been around for more than 100 years. It involves knowing the inventory, considering the demand and determining how much to order to have the best outcome. 
Three Researchers Win $200,000 NSF Grant To Study Risk, Decision Making Related to Inventory Stocks
RICHARDSON, Texas (Sept. 19, 2005) – Three researchers in the School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) have been awarded a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study risk and decision making as they relate to uncertainties in inventory stocks, a major issue in product supply chains. 

Principal researchers for the study are Dr. Alain Bensoussan; Dr. Metin Cakanyildirim and Dr. Suresh Sethi, Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management. The three professors are affiliated with two of the School of Management’s research centers, the Center for Intelligent Supply Networks (C4ISN) and the International Center for Decision and Risk Analysis (ICDRiA). Dr. Bensoussan is ICDRiA’s director, and Dr. Sethi is C4ISN’s director.


Statistical Updating Methods in Risk and Decision Analysis: Applications to Supply Chains.
$79,000 - ARP grant in applied mathematics given by Texas education board [2006–2008]
Forecasting Demand and Optimal Ordering
$70,000 - Blueline/Rediform [2006–2006]
Inventory control with partial observations and inspections.
$200,000 - National Science Foundation, Division on Mathematical Sciences [2005–2008]