Plenary Speakers

Surendra M. GUPTA

GuptaSurendra M. Gupta, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Director of the Laboratory for Responsible Manufacturing, Northeastern University. He received his BE in Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, MBA from Bryant University, and MSIE and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Massachusetts. Dr. Gupta’s research interests span the areas of Production/Manufacturing Systems and Operations Research. He is mostly interested in Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing, Reverse and Closed-Loop Supply Chains, Disassembly Modeling and Remanufacturing. He has authored or coauthored ten books and well over 500 technical papers published in edited books, journals and international conference proceedings. His publications have received over ten thousand citations from researchers all over the world in journals, proceedings, books, and dissertations. He has traveled to all seven continents viz., Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America and presented his work at international conferences on six continents. Dr. Gupta has taught over 150 courses in such areas as operations research, inventory theory, queuing theory, engineering economy, supply chain management, and production planning and control. Among the many recognitions received, he is the recipient of outstanding research award and outstanding industrial engineering professor award (in recognition of teaching excellence) from Northeastern University as well as a national outstanding doctoral dissertation advisor award.

Kishore Pochampally

PoschampallyKishore Pochampally is a Professor of Quantitative Studies, Operations and Project Management at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester (NH). His prior academic experience is as a Post-doctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge (MA). He holds M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston (MA) and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology in India.

Kishore teaches lean six sigma, business statistics/analytics, project management, and operations management, He consistently receives outstanding student evaluations, and has been nominated twice (finalist) for the teaching excellence award at SNHU.

Kishore has authored numerous technical papers for international journals and conference proceedings. His research work has been cited by other researchers on 6 continents. He has also published 4 books, in the fields of six sigma, reliability analysis, supply chain design, and design of experiments.

Kishore is a Six Sigma Black Belt (ASQ), Project Management Professional (PMP®), and Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®). He conducts corporate workshops on lean six sigma and project management, and trains professionals for the PMP® exam and six sigma green/black belt exams.


Aktas.jpgDr Emel Aktas is a Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield School of Management. She specialises in mathematical modelling and decision analysis with applications in the transport, retail, and manufacturing sectors.

Her recent research focuses on food supply chain management, with one project (SAFE-Q) on minimising waste in the food supply chains and another (U-TURN) on logistics collaboration practises for distribution of food in the cities.

Her work has appeared in European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, and Computers and Human Behaviour.



Dr. Elif Kongar is a Professor of Technology Management and Mechanical Engineering, and Chair of the Technology Management Department at the School of Engineering, University of Bridgeport (UB). During her tenure at UB, she established research and graduate concentrations and coursework in several areas, including simulation and modeling, service management and engineering, and economic and environmental sustainability.

Her main area of research is economically and environmentally sustainable waste recovery systems and operations. She also works on projects that aim at increasing female participation in engineering disciplines and at improving K-12 STEM, undergraduate and graduate engineering education programs. She has founded the Sustainable Energy and Environment Laboratory while leading the development of blended and distance learning curricula at the department. She supervises several M.S. and Ph.D. students who participate in the research conducted in the Laboratory.

Dr. Kongar is the author of numerous journal and conference papers, the recipient of several research grants within her scholarly areas, and has presented her work at various national and international conferences.

Prof. Kongar received her BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from Yildiz Technical University, and PhD degree in industrial engineering from Northeastern University. Before joining the University of Bridgeport, Dr. Kongar was a Visiting Researcher in the Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale University. She also served as the Coordinator and Lecturer of the Logistics certificate program at Yildiz Technical University where she held an Assistant Professor position.

She is a member of the ASEE, SWE, the Scientific Research Society (Sigma Xi), the Industrial Engineering Honor Society (Alpha Pi Mu), the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Professor Kongar is the recipient of the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) 2014 Women of Innovation® award.