I graduated from the Industrial Engineering Department at Bogazici University in 1996. Afterwards, I completed my master's and PhD degrees at the Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Department at University of California, Berkeley in 1997 and 2002, respectively.
Upon completing my PhD, I decided to leave academia in order to explore what else is out there and started to work at Rapt Inc. (later acquired by Microsoft Advertising), a small company in San Francisco who used to develop decision support systems for product pricing. I was part of the customer services team responsible for the modeling of business problems and implementations. As much as I liked my work, it soon became clear to me that working for a living was a tough endeavor, and I ended up back in academia at the Industrial Engineering Program at Sabanci University, Istanbul, where I have been teaching since September 2003.
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