Ebru K. Bish

Associate Professor

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Short Bio

Dr. Bish is the recipient of the INFORMS Pierskalla Award for the Best Paper in Healthcare; INFORMS JFIG Best Paper Award; IIE Transactions Best Applications Paper Award; and her PhD students have received several awards for their dissertation work, including the INFORMS Bonder Scholarship in Applied Operations Research in Health Services, and the IISE Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award. Dr. Bish has extensively published in leading operations research, biostatistics, and medical journals, including Operations Research, Management Science, IIE Transactions, IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, Naval Research Logistics, EJOR, Biostatistics, Transfusion, and Statistics in Medicine, among others.

Her research has been funded multiple times by the National Science Foundation, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), VT-Carilion Research Institute, Carilion Clinic RAP program, among others; and she has extensively collaborated with industry partners, with recent partners including the American Red Cross, North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, Carilion Clinic, and American Institutes for Research.

Research Areas

Main Area: Operations Research

Stochastic modeling, optimization, and decision making under uncertainty, with applications to public health policy and health implementation science.

Specific research interests: 

  • Public health screening (with focus on donated blood screening for transfusion-transmittable diseases, newborn screening for genetic disorders, and population-level screening for infectious diseases)
  • Surveillance of infectious diseases and genetic disorders
  • Safety of healthcare delivery (with focus on blood transfusion and ambulatory surgery settings)
  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Management Science, Northwestern University
    (Ph.D. Advisor: David Simchi-Levi)
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, Bogazici University
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, Bogazici University
  • Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2006 - present
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2016 - present
  • Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1999 - 2006
  • ISE 5994:  Healthcare Operations Management
  • ISE 6444:  Inventory and Operations Management
  • ISE 4424:  Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • ISE 3414:  Probabilistic Operations Research
  • Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Health Applications Society (HAS), INFORMS Subdivision
  • Public Sector Operations Research, INFORMS Section
  • INFORMS Pierskalla Award for the Best Paper in Healthcare:
    • Runner-up in 2017, with the paper titled, “Optimal risk-based group testing strategies, with equity considerations” (forthcoming in Management Science)
    • Finalist in 2015, with the paper titled, “Robust post-donation blood screening under prevalence rate uncertainty” (published in Operations Research)
    • Winner in 2011, with the paper titled, “Optimal selection of screening assays for infectious agents in donated blood” (published in IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering)
  • IIE Transactions Best Applications Paper Award:
    • Winner in 2016, for the Focused Issue on Operations Engineering and Analytics, with the paper titled, “Going beyond “same-for-all” testing of infectious agents in donated blood” (published in IIE Transactions)
  • INFORMS JFIG Best Paper Award:
    • Winner in 2004, with the paper titled, “Optimal investment strategies for flexible resources, considering pricing and correlated demands” (published in Operations Research)
  • Frank Batten Young Scholar, College of William and Mary, School of Business Administration, 2002
  • Dean’s list for teaching effectiveness for five semesters, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Third place for Best Paper Award, POMS Sevilla International Conference, Spain, 2000

Hrayer Aprahamian, Sophia Ulman, and Rongxuan Wang earned Torgersen Graduate Research Awards (May 2018)

One of my former PhD. students, Dr. Nevin Mutlu, has received the prestigious Marie Curie grant (February 2018)

Dr. Ebru Bish featured as Author Spotlight for 2016 Pierskalla finalist paper (November 2017)

ISE faculty and students receive multiple awards at INFORMS Annual Meeting (October 2017)

Arash Baghaei Lakeh and Alba Rojas-Cordova win student paper awards at International System Dynamics Conference (July 2017)

Alba Rojas-Cordova wins INFORMS Minority Issues Forum Poster competition (November 2016)

Alba Rojas-Cordova received 2016 Bonder Scholarship for Applied OR in Health Services (August 2016)

Drs. Douglas and Ebru Bish received 2016 Best Applications Paper Award in IIE Transactions: Operations Engineering and Analytics (February 2016)

Hadi El-Amine was Finalist for the Pierskalla Award for the Best Paper at INFORMS 2015 (January 2016)

Hadi El-Amine is the 2015 Bonder Scholar (September 2015)

"Creating Safer Blood Products" project was published on NSF's Science, Engineering & Education (SEE) Innovation site.

Research work on safe and effective post-donation blood screening practices was featured in the October 2014 issue of Institute of Industrial Engineer’s (IIE) Industrial Engineer magazine

Research [Industrial Engineer] (October 2014)

The HHMI-funded Scieneering program celebrates its first set of graduates (May 2013)

Virginia Tech Carilion launches five new research projects (March 2009)

Ebru K. Bish

Ebru Bish
Ebru K. Bish
  • 540-231-7099
  • ebru@vt.edu
  • 213 Durham Hall
    (MC 0118)
    1145 Perry Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061