Dr. Ekin`s research interests are broadly in applications of statistics, data mining and operations research with a focus on decision making models under uncertainty and statistical medical fraud assessment. His work was published in a number of academic journals including International Statistical Review, Decision Analysis, Naval Research Logistics and Health Care Management Science.

He got his Ph.D. from the Decision Sciences Department at The George Washington University in August 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Refik Soyer. His research work experience includes projects for IFC, Innovatek Consulting and Integrity Management Services . He also holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University. He has been a member of Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) , International Society of Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) and The International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics.

His research stream can be classified in three main categories of:


He has been involved in teaching many courses to undergraduate and graduate students in various academic programs of Business Schools. See below for teaching record for undergraduate and graduate classes.

Research Collaborators (listed by surname)

  • Tevfik Aktekin
    Associate Professor of Decision Sciences
    Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire
  • Nathaniel D. Bastian
    U.S. Military Academy
  • Vertica Bhardwaj
    Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising
    School of Family & Consumer Sciences, Texas State University
  • Lawrence V. Fulton
    Associate Professor of Health Administration
    School of Health Administration, Texas State University
  • Maj. Benjamin C. Grannan
    Assistant Professor
    College of Business and Economics, Virginia Military Institute
  • Paul Griffin
    Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair and Professor
    H.Milton Stewart School of Industrial and System Engineering, Georgia Tech University
  • Francesca Ieva
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Mathematics, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Jesus A. Jimenez
    Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering,
    Director of The Center for High Performance Systems Lab
    Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
  • Hyojung Kang
    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia
  • Ozan Kocadagli
    Associate Professor of Statistics
    Department of Statistics, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
  • Greg Lakomski
    Department of Computer Science, Texas State University
  • Francis Mendez
    Professor of Quantitative Methods
    Department of CIS & QMST, Texas State University
  • Muzaffer Rasim Musal
    Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods
    Department of CIS & QMST, Texas State University
  • Jesus Fabian Lopez Perez
    Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering
    Department of Industrial Engineering, UANL Mexico
  • Nicholas G. Polson
    Robert Law, Jr. Professor of Econometrics and Statistics
    The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • David Rios Insua
    AXA-ICMAT Chair in Adversarial Risk Analysis
  • Fabrizio Ruggeri
    Research Director
    Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche
  • Vivek P. Shah
    Professor of Quantitative Methods
    Department of CIS & QMST, Texas State University
  • Ram Shanmugam
    School of Health Administration, Texas State University
  • Refik Soyer
    Chair and Professor of Decision Sciences and of Statistics
    Mitch Blaser Distinguished Scholar in Business Analytics
    Department of Decision Sciences, The George Washington University
  • Lucian Visinescu
    Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
    Department of CIS & QMST, Texas State University
  • Garry White
    Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems
    Department of CIS & QMST, Texas State University



I was born in Bursa, Turkey. During college years spent in Ankara, I have lived in Tampere, Finland for a semester and in Istanbul for a summer. Then, I spent 5 years in Washington, D.C. . Since August 2012, I have been living in Austin, Texas. I enjoy travelling and sports. My favourite cities so far are San Diego, Barcelona, Quebec City and Istanbul.
My last international travels included Scotland, Greece and Vancouver during Summer 2018. Below is a photo from Rio during the World Cup, July 2014
In the U.S., I had the chance to travel around 33 states. Here is my conquest attempt (literally) of Texas beaches in Port Aransas.
My family lives in Turkey, below are some photos from one of their earlier visits: 9

In addition to visiting them, cuisine and this little dude, my nephew Kivanc, are the main reasons I frequent Turkey during my semester breaks.
Having grown up in Turkey, soccer and basketball have been a huge part of my childhood. My favorite team is Galatasaray, below is a glorious moment while eliminating Juventus from 2013 UEFA Champions League:
After moving to U.S., I have been cheering for my adopted home-town teams Wizards and RedSkins. And I have been in the LeBron bandwagon since I have watched the King against Wizards in 2008.
Nowadays, I have been running more often and trying to learn how to sail motivated by this view.

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Address 601 University Dr. McCoy 451
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA

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