What do you do?
My primary role is to address business challenges for complex and fast-paced supply chain problems through building a compelling case driven by data, and using data to influence change across the organization. I extract, nurture and transform high volume of data into strategic and tactical solutions and making it readily accessible to stakeholders. I design and develop sophisticated mathematical, and machine learning models and apply them to derive optimal or near-optimal solutions to existing and new supply chain challenges.
Why did you choose this field?
In my everyday life, I like to think about ways to efficiently use my resources in order to achieve a goal against various constraints (budget, deadline, etc.) For instance, if I wanted to go from point A to point B, I always asked myself what is the shortest path from A to B. It turns out that the shortest path problem is a very well-known problem in the Operations Research field. Make sure to look up the shortest path problem! The solution is very intuitive. When I realized that the way I think about everyday problems aligns very well with the Operations Research field, I decided to investigate it further through reading various online resources and talking to people in the field.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
One of my biggest achievement is to graduate in the top of my class from Sabanci University in Turkey. Before going to college, I never had a class taught in English before, and I never took a computer/coding class, whereas most of my peers had the opportunity to do so. I had a lot of insecurities at the beginning and I thought I’d never be able to catch up. I put in the hard work, look where it got me! Trust in yourself. If you are passionate about a subject, you’ll excel at it eventually.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love working in STEM because I can make an impact in the world through the power of science. STEM is all about continuous improvement and challenging yourself everyday by looking for answers to complex problems. We never stop exploring.
Best advice for next generation?
If you want to change the world and make an impact, STEM is the way to go.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems...there's no law of physics preventing them (Michio Kaku)