Evrim Dalkiran

Evrim Dalkiran

Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

4815 Fourth Street, Manufacturing Engineering Building, #2071


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Evrim Dalkiran


I received my B.S and M.S. degrees from the Department of Industrial Engineering at Bogazici University, Turkey in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Shortly after, I started my Ph.D. in Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech under the guidance of Prof. Hanif D. Sherali and graduated in 2011. I specialized in nonlinear optimization and decision analysis. As a future goal, I want to utilize this analytical background to solve problems in healthcare area. I have been an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Wayne State University since August, 2011. 


Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2011 
M.S., Industrial Engineering, Bogazici University, Turkey, 2006
B.S., Industrial Engineering, Bogazici University, Turkey, 2003

Courses Taught

  • IE 4310: Production Control
  • IE 6560: Deterministic Optimization
  • IE 7995: Special Topics in Advanced Optimization Techniques (New Graduate Course)
  • ISE 3214: Facilities Planning and Material Handling (Virginia Tech)

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear Programming

  • Polynomial Programming

  • Reformulation-Linearization Technique

  • Semidefinite Programming

  • Global Optimization
  • Decision Analysis and Risk Management with Applications in Healthcare

Research Group

  • Ph.D. student: Samira Fazel Anvaryazdi (expected graduation, 2016)
  • M.S. students: Subramaniam Sunderaswaran and Pallewaththe Gedara Thilina Nawamal Wijerathne
  • Undergraduate research assistant: Vilma Kocllari

Research Projects

  1. Dalkiran, E., Sherali, H. D.: RLT-POS: Reformulation-Linearization Technique-based optimization software for polynomial programming problems.
  2. Dalkiran, E., Sherali, H. D.: A survey of algorithmic approaches for solving polynomial programming problems.
  3. Dalkiran, E., Kocllari, V., Sunderaswaran, S. : Comparison of the J-set of relaxations and McCormick relaxations for solving polynomial programming problems.
  4. Dalkiran, E., Anvaryazdi, S. F., Wijerathne, P. G. T. N. : Branching strategies for Reformulation-Linearization Technique. 


  1. Dalkiran, E., Sherali, H. D.: Theoretical filtering of RLT bound-factor constraints for solving polynomial programming problems to global optimality. Journal of Global Optimization, Accepted for publication. 
  2. Sherali, H. D., Dalkiran, E., Liberti, L.: Reduced RLT representations for nonconvex polynomial programming problems. Journal of Global Optimization, Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 447-469, 2012.
  3. Sherali, H. D., Dalkiran, E., Desai, J.: Enhancing RLT relaxations for polynomial problems via a new class of v-semidefinite cuts.Computational Optimization and Applications, Vol. 52, No. 2, pp. 483-506, 2012. 
  4. Sherali, H. D., Dalkiran, E., Glickman, T. S.: Selecting optimal alternatives and risk reduction strategies in decision trees.Operations Research, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp.631-647, 2011. 
  5. Sherali, H. D., Dalkiran, E.: Combined bound-grid-factor constraints for enhancing RLT relaxations for polynomial programs.Journal of Global Optimization, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 377-393, 2011.


Professional Affiliations

  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
  • Mathematical Optimization Society
  • Women in OR/MS
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers


Awards and Honors

IIE, The Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award (2nd Place), 2012. 

Personal Interests

  Hiking, running, cooking, travelling