Faculty Profile for Dr. Tahir Ekin

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Dr. Tahir Ekin
Associate Professor — CIS & Quantitative Methods
McCoy 451
phone: (512) 245-2291

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Tahir Ekin is the Brandon Dee Roberts Professor and an Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in McCoy College of Business, Texas State University. His research interests include simulation based stochastic optimization, operations research applications in territory design and resource allocation and statistical applications in medical fraud assessment. His work was published in academic journals including but not limited to Decision Analysis, Naval Research Logistics and International Statistical Review. He was the recipient of 2018 Texas State University Presidential Distinction Award in Research, 2017 McCoy College Woods Award, and ASA/NISS y-Bis 2016 Best Paper Award. He holds a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey. He has been a member of Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, International Society of Bayesian Analysis and currently serves as the vice president of The International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics.

Teaching Interests

Business Statistics, Business analytics, Data mining, Stochastic Optimization, Bayesian statistics

Research Interests

Stochastic modeling, Bayesian statistics, stochastic optimization, resource allocation, health care fraud assessment , operations and portfolio management, Bayesian data mining, simulation

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Bastian, N. D., Ekin, T., Kang, H., Griffin, P. M., Fulton, L. V., & Grannan, B. C. (2017). Stochastic Multi-Objective Auto-Optimization for Resource Allocation Decision-Making in Fixed-Input Health Systems. Health Care Management Science, 20(2), 246–264. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10729-015-9350-2
  • Ekin, T., Ieva, F., Ruggeri, F., & Soyer, R. (n.d.). Statistical Issues in Medical Fraud Assessment: An Exposition to an Emerging Field. International Statistical Review.
  • Ekin, T. (2018). Integrated Maintenance and Production Planning with Endogenous Uncertain Yield. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 179(November), 52–61.
  • Ekin, T. (n.d.). Topic Modelling for Medical Prescription Fraud and Abuse Detection. In Proceedings of 13th INFORMS Workshop on Data Mining and Health Informatics.
  • Ekin, T. (n.d.). Statistics and Health Care Fraud: How to Save Billions. ASA-CRC Series on Statistical Reasoning in Science and Society.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2018 Texas State University Presidential Distinction Award in Scholar/Creative Activities, Texas State University. August 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Roberts Excellence Professorship, Texas State University McCoy College. 2015 - 2018
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Texas State University Presidential Excellence in Scholar/Creative Activities, Texas State University. February 2018 - June 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Gary Woods Award, Texas State University McCoy College. August 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2016 y-Bis Best Paper Award, International Society of Industrial and Business Statistics (ISBIS), American Statistical Association and US National Institute of Statistical Sciences. June 2016

Selected Grants

  • Ekin, Tahir (Principal). New Faculty Startup Fund, Texas State University Library, Texas State University, $700. (Submitted: September 20, 2012, Funded: October 2012). Grant.
  • Ekin, Tahir (Principal). Structural Topic Model based Prescription Fraud and Abuse Detection, Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: October 2017, Funded: January 2018 - May 2019). Grant.
  • Ekin, Tahir. McCoy Faculty Development Fund, McCoy College, Texas State University, $2185. (Submitted: September 2016, Funded: December 2016 - September 2017). Grant.
  • Ekin, Tahir. Stochastic Call Center Staffing with Uncertain Arrival, Service and Abandonment Rates, Texas State University Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: October 2015, Funded: December 2015 - May 2017). Grant.
  • Ekin, Tahir (Principal), Bhardwaj, Vertica (Co-Principal). Understanding Hispanic Purchase Behavior toward Counterfeit Branded Merchandise, McCoy College of Business, Texas State University, $2500. (Submitted: March 2015, Funded: April 2015 - April 2016). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Maniel Muir Mentoring Award Committee
September 2018-Present
Texas State University McCoy College of Business Endowed Professorship Committee
August 2018-Present
ISI World Congress ISBIS Presidential Gosset Lecture Award Committee
April 2018-Present
ISBIS 2018 Annual Conference Travel Awards Committee
March 2018-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Naval Research Logistics
February 2018-Present