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Sait Tunc

Assistant Professor
211 Durham Hall
1145 Perry Street
(MC 0118)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Areas

Main Area:  Operations Research


  • Queuing theory
  • Markov decision processes (MDPs)
  • Stochastic modeling and simulation
  • Game theory
  • Information theory


  • Medical decision making
  • Healthcare operations
  • Portfolio investment


  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
  • M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
  • M.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012
  • B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Member, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM) 
  • Member, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

Awards and Honors

  • Gustafson, Rea C & David H Scholarship, 2016
  • Finalist for the Doing Good with Good OR Student Paper Competition, 2016
  • The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)
  • Graduate Fellowship, 2010 – 2012
  • Undergraduate Scholarship, 2005 – 2010
  • International Mathematical Olympiads (IMO) Silver Medal, 2005; Bronze Medal, 2004
  • National Mathematical Olympiads of Turkey Gold Medal, 2004; Silver Medal, 2003


  • S. Tunc, B. Sandikci, B. Tanriover, ‘‘Expanding the Donor Pool: The Use of Marginal Organs for Transplantation’’, under revision at Management Science

  • S. Tunc, B. Sandikci, P. Afeche, W. F. Parker, ‘‘Treating to the Priority in Heart Transplantation,’’ working paper

  • B. Sandikci, S. Tunc, B. Tanriover, ‘‘A New Simulation Model for Kidney Transplantation in the United States’’, Proceedings of the 2019 Winter Simulation Conference, in press

  • S. Tunc, B. Sandikci, B. Tanriover, ‘‘Strategic Decisions of Kidney Transplant Centers under Competition,’’ working paper

  • S. Tunc, O. Alagoz, E. B. Burnside, ‘‘A New Perspective on Breast Cancer Diagnostic Guidelines to Reduce Overdiagnosis,’’ under review at Operations Research 
    – Finalist for the Doing Good with Good OR Student Paper Competition, 2016

  • S. Tunc, O. Alagoz, E. B. Burnside, ‘‘Sequential Analysis of Information Gain by Additional Tests in Breast Cancer Screening,’’ working paper

  • S. Tunc, O. Alagoz, L. Wilke, A. Trentham-Dietz, E. B. Burnside, ‘‘Estimating the Progression Rates of DCIS Subtypes into Invasive Cancer,’’ working paper

  • N. D. Vanli, S. Tunc, M. A. Donmez, S. S. Kozat, ‘‘Growth Optimal Investment in Discrete-time Markets with Proportional Transaction Costs,’’ Digital Signal Processing, 48:226-238, 2016

  • H. Ozkan, M. A. Donmez, S. Tunc, S. S. Kozat, ‘‘A Deterministic Analysis of an Online Convex Mixture of Experts Algorithm,’’ IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, 26(7):1575-1580, 2015

  • S. Tunc, O. Alagoz, E. B. Burnside, ‘‘Opportunities for Operations Research in Medical Decision Making,’’ IEEE Intelligent Systems, 29(3):59-62, 2014 -invited paper

  • S. Tunc, M. A. Donmez, S. S. Kozat, ‘‘Optimal Investment Under Transaction Costs: A Threshold Rebalanced Portfolio Approach,’’ IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 61(12):3129-3142, 2013