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Sandra D. Eksioglu

Sandra D. Eksioglu

Hefley Professor in Logistics and Entrepreneurship


(INEG)-Industrial Engineering

Phone: 479-575-6042

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Sandra D. Eksioglu is the John M. and Marie G. Hefley Professor in Logistics and Entrepreneurship. She received her PhD in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, Dr. Eksioglu was a faculty member at Mississippi State and Clemson Universities.   

Dr. Eksioglu’s expertise is in the areas of operations research, network optimization, and algorithmic development. She uses these tools to develop models and solution algorithms for solving large-scale problems that arise in the areas of transportation, logistics, and supply chain. She is an active member of ASEE, IISE and INFORMS. 

Research Methods:

  • Network optimization  
  • Stochastic optimization
  • Bi-level optimization
  • Multi-criteria optimization

Application Areas:

  • Energy systems
  • Health care  
  • Transportation systems

INEG 4633: Transportation Logistics

Ph.D., University of Florida, 2002, Industrial and Systems Engineering

M.S., Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania(MAICh), 1996, Economics and Management Sciences

B.S., University of Tirana, 1994, Business Administration


  • Eksioglu, S.D., S. Rebennack, P.M. Pardalos (eds), Handbook of Bioenergy, Springer Publishers, 2015. 
  • Eksioglu, S. D., M. M.  Seref, R. K. Ahuja, W.L. Winston, Developing Spreadsheet-Based Decision Support Systems, 2nd Edition, Dynamic Ideas Publishers, 2011.

Books Chapters and Monographs

  • S. Poudel, M. Marufuzzaman, S.D. Eksioglu, M. AmirSadeghi, T. French “A Supply Chain Network Model for Biodiesel Production from Pulp and Paper Companies,” InHandbook of Bioenergy, Eksioglu et al. (eds), Springer, 2015.
  • Eksioglu, S.D., C.M. Klein “Supply Chain Management of Biomass Feedstock:  A review.” InBiomass and Biofuels: Advanced Biorefineries for Sustainable Production and Distribution, S. Jose, T. Bhaskar (eds), CRC Press, pp. 77-100, 2015. 
  • Sayyady, F., S.D. Eksioglu, “Emergency evacuation, optimization modeling,” In Encyclopedia of Optimization, C. A. Floudas and P. M. Pardalos (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Part 5, pp. 899-907, 2009.
  • Eksioglu, S.D., B. Eksioglu, “Economic Lot Sizing Problem,” InEncyclopedia of Optimization, C. A. Floudas and P. M. Pardalos (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Part 5, pp. 883-887, 2009.
  • Eksioglu, S.D., “Inventory Management in Supply Chains,” InEncyclopedia of Optimization, C. A. Floudas and P. M. Pardalos (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Part 9, pp. 1766-1770, 2009.
  • Eksioglu, S.D., “Biographical Survey of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz,” InEncyclopedia of Optimization, C. A. Floudas, P. M. Pardalos (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Part 12, pp. 1866-1868, 2009.
  • Eksioglu, S.D., P. M. Pardalos, H. E. Romeijn, “A Dynamic Slope Scaling Procedure for the Fixed Charge Cost Multi-Commodity Network Flow Problem,” InFinancial Engineering, e-Commerce and Supply Chain, P. M. Pardalos and Vassilis K. Tsitsiringos (Eds.), pp. 247-270, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002. 
  • Resende, M. G. C., P. M. Pardalos, S.D. Eksioglu, “Parallel Metaheuristics for Combinatorial Optimization,” InModels for Parallel and Distributed Computation: Theory, Algorithmic Techniques and Applications, R. Corrêa et al. (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001.
  • Eksioglu, B., S.D. Eksioglu, P. M. Pardalos, “Solving Large Scale Fixed Charge Network Flow Problems,” InVariational Inequalities and Euilibrium Models, P.Daniele, F. Giannesi and A. Maugeri (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001.

Refereed Journal Publications

  • Aboytes-Ojeda, M., K. Castillo, S.D. Eksioglu “Modeling and Optimization of Biomass Quality Variability for Decision Support Systems in Biofuel Production,” To appear in Annals of Operations Research.  
  • Karimi, H., S.D. Eksioglu, M. Carbajales-Dale “A Biobjective Chance-Constraint Optimization Model to Evaluate the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Biopower Supply Chains,” To appear in Annals of Operations Research.
  • Azadi, Z., S.D. Eksioglu, B. Eksioglu, G. Palak “A Two-Stage Stochastic Model for Joint Pricing Inventory Replenishment with Deteriorating Products,” Computers & IE, 127, 625-642 (2019).
  • Azadi, Z. H. Gangammanavar, S.D. Eksioglu “Stochastic Optimization of Vaccine Vial Replenishment,” To appear in Annals of Operations Research.
  • Wang, S., H. Gangammanavar, S.D. Eksioglu, S. Mason “Stochastic Optimization for Energy Management in Power Systems with Multiple Microgrids,” To appear in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.
  • Palak, G. S.D. Eksioglu, J. Geunes “Heuristic Algorithms for the Inventory Replenishment Problem with Perishable Products and Multiple Transportation Modes,” IISE Transactions,50(4), 345-365 (2018). (Best Application Paper in the IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Scheduling and Logistics for 2019).
  • Karimi, H., S.D. Eksioglu, A. Khademi “Analyzing Tax Incentives for Producing Renewable Energy by Biomass Cofiring”, IISE Transactions, 50(4), 332-344 (2018). Featured in the March 2018 issue of ISE Magazine).    
  • Castillo, K. S.D. Eksioglu “Integrating Biomass Quality Variability in Stochastic Supply Chain Modeling and Optimization for Robust Biofuel Production,” Journal of Cleaner Production, 149, 904-918 (2017).
  • Marufuzzaman, M, S.D. Eksioglu, “A Dynamic Intermodal Hub Location Problem with Hub Congestion,” Transportation Research: Part E, 99, 54-76 (2017).
  • Roni, MD, S.D. Eksioglu, K.G. Cafferty, J.J. Jacobson “A multi-objective, hub-and-spoke model to design and manage biofuel supply chains,” Annals of Operations Research,249, 351-380 (2017). 
  • Marufuzzaman, M, S.D. Eksioglu, “Designing a Reliable and Dynamic Intermodal Hub-and-Spoke Supply Chain for Biomass,” Transportation Science, 51(2), 494-517, (2017).
  • Eksioglu, B., P. Rowe, S.D. Eksioglu “Recycling procurement strategies with variable yield suppliers,” Annals of Operations Research, 249(1), 215-234 (2017). 
  • Eksioglu, S.D., H. Karimi, B. Eksioglu “Optimization Models to Integrate Production and Transportation Planning for Biomass Co-Firing in Coal-Fired Power Plants”, IIE Transactions, 48(10), 901-920 (2016). (Featured in the Sept. 2016 issue of ISE Magazine) (Best Application Paper in the IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Scheduling and Logistics for 2018).
  • Roni, MD, S.D. Eksioglu, M. Jin “A hybrid inventory policy with split delivery under regular and surge demand” International Journal of Production Economics, 172, 126-136 (2106).
  • Marufuzzaman, M, S.D. Eksioglu, R. Hernandez “Truck versus Pipeline Transportation Cost Analysis for Wastewater Sludge,” Transportation Research: Part A, 74, 14-30 (2015).   
  • Roni, MD, M. Jin, S.D. Eksioglu “A hybrid inventory management system responding to regular and surge demand,” Omega, 52, 190-200 (2015). 
  • Marufuzzaman, M, S.D. Eksioglu, X. Li, J. Wang“Analyzing the Impact of Intermodal-Related Risk to the Design and Management of Biofuel Supply Chain,” Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 69, 122-145, (2014). 
  • Roni, MD, S.D. Eksioglu, E. Searcy, J. Jacobson “Variable cost analysis for high-volume and long-haul transportation of densified biomass and biofuel” Journal of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment,29, 40-55 (2014).   
  • Palak, G., S.D. Eksioglu, J. Geunes, “Analyzing the Impact of Carbon Regulatory Mechanisms on Supplier and Mode Selection Decision: An Application in Biofuel Supply Chain,” International Journal of Production Economics, 154, 198-216 (2014).  
  • Marufuzzaman, M, S.D. Eksioglu, Y. Huang, “Two-Stage Stochastic Programming Model for Biocrude Supply Chain,” Computers and OR, 49, 1-17 (2014).  
  • Marufuzzaman, M, S.D. Eksioglu, R. Hernandez, “Environmentally Friendly Supply Chain Planning and Design for Biodiesel Production via Wastewater Sludge,” Transportation Science, 48(4), 555-574 (2014). 
  • Roni, MD, S.D. Eksioglu, E. Searcy, K. Jha “A Supply Chain Network Design Model For Biomass Cofiring in Coal-Fired Power Plants,” Transportation Research: Part E, 61, 115-134 (2014). 
  • Acharya, A., D. Gonzales, S.D. Eksioglu, S. Arora, “An Excel-Based Decision Support System for Supply Chain Design and Management of Biofuels,” International Journal of Operations Research and Information Systems, 5(4) (2014).
  • Xei, F,Y. Huang, S.D. Eksioglu “Integrating multimodal transportation in cellulosic biofuel supply chain design under feedstock seasonality.”Bioresource Technology, 152C, 15-23 (2014).  
  • Radhakrishnan, S., J. O. Paz, F. Yu, S.D. Eksioglu, D. L. Grebner “Assessment of potential capacity increases at combined heat and power facilities based on available corn stover and forest logging residue.”  Energies,6(9), 4418-4428 (2013).
  • Gonzales, D., E. Searcy, S.D. Eksioglu, “Transportation Cost Analysis for Pre-Processed, Densified Biomass Feedstcok,” Journal of Transportation Research: Part A, 49, 48-61 (2013). 
  • Eksioglu, S.D., G. Palak, A. Mondala, A. Greenwood, “Supply Chain Design and Management for Biocrude Production Via Wastewater Treatment,” Journal of Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 32(1), 139-147 (2013). 
  • Eksioglu, S.D., S. Zhang, S. Li, S. Sokhansanj, D. Petrolia, “Analyzing the Impact of Intermodal Facilities to the Design of the Supply Chains for Biorefineries,”Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2191, 144-151 (2011).
  • Tunc, H.,B. Eksioglu, S.D. Eksioglu, M. Jin, “Hub Based Network Design: A Review,”International Journal of Networking, 1(2), 17-24 (2011).
  • Parsa, H., M. Jin, MD. Roni, B. Eksioglu, S.D. Eksioglu, “Healthcare Inventory and Supply Chain Management: A Review,” Bioinfo Systems Engineering,1(2), 11-19 (2011).
  • Eksioglu, B, S.D. Eksioglu, J. Zhang, M. Jin “A simulation model to analyze the impact of outsourcing on furniture supply chain performance,” Forest Product Journal, 60(3), 258-265 (2010).
  • Sayyady, F., S.D. Eksioglu “Optimizing the Use of Public Transit Systems during No-Notice Evacuations of Urban Areas,” Journal of Computers & Industrial Engineering, 59(4), 488-495 (2010).
  • Wen, C.H., S.D. Eksioglu, A.G. Greenwood, S. Zhang “Crane Scheduling in a Shipbuilding Environment,” International Journal of Production Economics,124(1), 40-50 (2010).
  • Eksioglu, S.D., B. Eksioglu, C. Walden, M. Jin, A. Acharya “Automotive Distribution Network Design: A Perspective from Mississippi,”International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 4(4), 379-401 (2010).
  • Jin, M. Eksioglu, S.D., B. Eksioglu, H. Wang“Mode Selection for Automotive Distribution with Quantity Discounts,” Journal of Networks and Spatial Economics, 10(1), 1-13 (2010).
  • Eksioglu, S.D., A. Acharya, L.E. Leightley, S. Arora, “Analyzing the Design and Management of Biomass-to-Biorefinery Supply Chain,” Computers and Industrial Engineering, 57, 1342-1352 (2009).
  • Cho, H., R. Luck, S.D. Eksioglu, L.M., Chamra, “Cost-Optimized Real-Time Operation of CHP Systems,” Energy and Buildings, 41, 445-451 (2009).
  • Eksioglu, S.D. “A Primal-Dual Algorithm for the Economic Lot-Sizing Problem with Multi-Mode Replenishment,”European Journal of Operational Research, 197(1), 93-101 (2009). ISE Outstanding Faculty Research Paper Award.
  • Lou, Y., M. Jin, S.D. Eksioglu Integration of Production Sequencing and Outbound Logistics in the Automotive Industry,” International Journal of Production Economics,113(2), 766-774 (2008).
  • Eksioglu, B., M. Jin, I. Capar, Z. Zhang, S.D. Eksioglu “Highway Traffic Management in Incidents of National Significance,”Journal of Emergency Management, 6(1), 1-14 (2008).
  • Eksioglu, B., S.D. Eksioglu, P. Jain“A Tabu Search Algorithm for the Flowshop Scheduling Problem with Changing Neighborhoods,” Computers & Industrial Engineering, 54, 1-11 (2008). 
  • Eksioglu, S.D., B. Eksioglu, H. E. Romeijn “A Lagreangean Heuristic for Integrated Production and Transportation Planning Problems in a Dynamic, Multi-item, Two-Layer Supply Chain,” IIE Transactions in Scheduling and Logistics, 39(2), 191-201 (2007).ISE Outstanding Faculty Research Paper Award.
  • Tükel, O., W. Rom, S.D. Eksioglu “Buffer Sizing Techniques in Critical Chain,” European Journal of Operational Research, 172(2), 401-416 (2006).
  • Eksioglu, S. D., H. E. Romeijn, P. M. Pardalos, “Cross-Facility Management of Production and Transportation Planning Problem,” Computers and Operations Research, 33(11), 3231-3251 (2006).
  • Eksioglu, S.D., M. Jin “Cross-Facility Production and Transportation Planning Problem with Perishable Inventory,” Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3982, 720-728 (2006).
  • John M. and Marie G. Hefley Professorship in Logistics and Enterpreneurship, University of Arkansas (2019) 
  • Honorable Mention: ENRE Best Publication in Natural Resources (H. Karimi, S.D. Eksioglu, A. Khademi) (2019)
  • Dean’s Associate Professorship, Clemson University (2018)
  • Best Application Paper, IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Scheduling and Logistics (G. Palak, S.D. Eksioglu, J. Geunes) (2019)
  • Best Application Paper, IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Scheduling and Logistics (S.D. Eksioglu, H. Karimi, B. Eksioglu) (2018)
  • Research Papers Featured in September 2016 & March 2018 Issues of ISE Magazine 
  • Best Student Paper Award, Health Systems Track of IISE (2018)
  • ASEE-SE Mid-Career Teaching Award, ASEE-SE Section (2015)
  • Inducted to BCoE Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Mississippi State University (MSU) (2012) 
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor, MSU Alumni Association (2012) 
  • Faculty Appreciation Honoree, BCoE Office of Diversity, MSU (2012) 
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (2011) 
  • INFORMS Moving Spirit Award for Chapters, INFORMS (2010)
  • StatePride Faculty Award, MSU (2010)
  • BCoE Hearin Faculty Excellence Award, MSU (2010, 2012)
  • ISE Outstanding Faculty Research Paper Award, MSU (2008, 2010, 2014)
  • Visiting Industrial Scholar Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (2009)
  • Research Initiation Grant, Office of Research and Economic Development, MSU (2005).