Seminar to look at supply chain planning for hurricane response

Published: Jul 8, 2008 4:13:37 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334.844.3447

Selda Taskin will present the seminar, "Supply Chain Planning for Hurricane Response with Information Updates" on Thursday, July 10, at 11 a.m. in 3210 Shelby Center. She will share her findings on planning strategies for supply inventories in preparation for the hurricane season. Taskin's research investigates stochastic production and inventory control problems that are relevant to planning for potential disaster relief activities associated with hurricanes. In particular, her study considers supply chain organizations who experience demand surges for items such as flashlights, batteries and gas-powered generators, where the magnitude of the demand surge is influenced by various characteristics of a hurricane season and/or a specific hurricane.

Organizations are faced with challenging procurement and production decisions because the hurricane planning process is complicated by the uncertainties associated with the number and intensity of hurricanes that will occur during a season, as well as locations impacted by the storms. Taskin's study aims to assist major corporations in quickly and cost effectively responding to demand surges caused by hurricanes.

Taskin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and recently defended her dissertation. She is advised by faculty member Emmett Lodree.

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