"We have some demanding technical courses, but also a series of special seminars with very experienced practitioners who come in to run it with them — for instance, an experienced venture capital manager or a former CEO of a money management firm."

Stewart Myers
Robert C. Merton (1970) Professor of Financial Economics, Professor of Finance.

Burçin Bozkaya, IFF Spring ‘13

Burçin Bozkaya, IFF Spring ‘13
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Operations Management
Sabanci University School of Management
Istanbul, Turkey

Faculty Mentor
Stephen C. Graves, Abraham Siegel Professor of Management

As soon as I joined the IFF program in February 2013, I began attending seminars and classes with the Operations Management Research Group. I also attended courses and workshops on “Case-Based Teaching,” “Discrete Choice Modeling,” and ”Supply Chain Modeling.” And I began working on a paper with my faculty mentor, Professor Graves, and an international colleague. I began a research project on financial data mining, and connected with the Human Dynamics Group at the Media Lab. My experience here at MIT Sloan truly fits the analogy of “learning by firehose.”

My most unexpected experience is how I have been warmly welcomed not only at MIT Sloan but also at the Media Lab by Professor Alex Pentland. Our personal and research relationships continue to this date.

Professor Graves has helped me enormously with my research. He pointed me to the departments and people across MIT who fit with my areas of interest. He invited me to join his research group of SM and PhD students and colleagues and to attend Operations Management seminars, which exposed me to the most relevant research topics and ideas in the field. I presented two seminars within the group, which gave me the chance for peer feedback. Professor Graves also reviewed one of my papers and offered his feedback. This paper was later published in The European Journal of Operational Research.  Most importantly, Professor Graves, a colleague from Saudi Arabia, and I worked on a paper together that has been accepted for publication in the journal Desalination.

My professional goals include contributing to the international body of knowledge and science in Operations Management and being an excellent teacher. My time here at MIT Sloan as an IFF has contributed greatly to this goal. I was exposed to ideas that suggest an entirely new set of research possibilities.





“A main benefit here was the teaching seminars. I found mistakes in my teaching that I am trying to correct. We learned a lot about how to control our breathing, move around the room, look at different people when you ask questions, how to position answers. You get to see yourself in a different light. I don’t think you can learn this sort of thing online.”

- Orlin Dimitrov, IFF SKK GSB Spring ‘10