Dr Yeralan was invited by the International University of Sarajevo to give a talk titled "Systems Science and Engineering" on March 3, 2017.

Dr Yeralan was a panel speaker at the EaZy Days on open access publications on October 3, 2016. The meeting was attended by major publishers and library staff of large universities.

Dr Yeralan spoke about open access from an academician's perspective. Open access from the viewpoint of publishing research results as well as the use of academic literature for classroom use were discussed.

Dr Yeralan was the opening speaker at the Science Unites All conference and fair, held at Yasar University on September 30, 2016.

The conference was organized as part of The European Researchers’ Night, which is a Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) action, under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020The European Researchers’ Night consists of a pan-European event taking place on the last Friday night of September.

Dr Yeralan was the master of ceremonies at the 36th National Operations Research and Industrial Engineering Conference (YAEM 2016), held July 13-15, 2016 in Izmir, Turkey.  He was also a featured speaker, introducing he on-line textbook An Introduction to Industrial Engineering through Computation.

An Introduction to Industrial Engineering through Computation is a concise cookbook that introduces the fundamental topics in industrial engineering through a series of computational experiments. The code is written the an open-source high-level engineering computation environment Scilab. The book is suitable as a textbook for an introductory engineering course. No prior knowledge in engineering is required.  Hence, the book is also suitable for the general audience. 

An Introduction to Industrial Engineering by Computation (ISBN 978-0-9633257-4-7) is free for educational use. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for fees and conditions applicable to other uses.

View An Introduction to Industrial Engineering through Computation or download the example code used in the book.



Dr Yeralan conducted a three-day workshop at the University of Ljubljana at the invitation of Professor D. Kramar of the Mechanical Engineering.  The department is well known for its high technology manufacturing processes and machining.

Dr Yeralan was happy to see an old turning machine kept for educational reasons, one similar to those he had use as a young apprentice before university.

The team of S. Yeralan, D. Durmus, and C. Sonmez won the Grand Science Slam championship held on April 26, 2016.  Grand Slam is a competition where the winners of the regional Science Slams compete for the national title.  The national competition was the first ever of its kind, and was held at the summer residence of the German Ambassador in Istanbul.

Grand Science Slam 2016

Science Slam competitions, organized by Professor Peschke and supported by the German Embassy and several industrial partners, are popular science competitions where contestants are given 10 minutes to present a scientific topic in an entertaining fashion.  The contestants are evaluated by the audience for content, educational value, and the entertainment aspect. The event, enjoyed by the audience of all ages, attracted much media attention and TV coverage.

The team won first place and a trip to Berlin with their presentation "A bit of time, a bit of entropy."  Their presentation was enriched by a constant video that ran parallel to the on-stage dialog, experimentation, and audience involvement.  During the discussions on the reversibility of some physical phenomena, for example, Dr Yeralan played a tune backwards on the harmonica, while Ms Durmus recorded and reversed the recording to reveal the song otherwise familiar to all. At the end, Dr Yeralan engaged in a heated debate with himself in the video feed.

A cocktail party followed the event at the beautiful Tarabya residence (historical pictures) of the Ambassador on the Bosphorus.

Dr Yeralan will play at a benefit concert for autistic children. The concert will feature several academicians from the Aegean region.  The concert, preceded by a cocktail party, will be held on the Yasar University Campus in Izmir, on April 20, 2016.

Benefit Concert

Dr Yeralan gave a talk titled "Are Systems Thinking and OR Incompatible?" at Bogazici University, Department of Industrial Engineering.

Bogazici University
Bogazici University, March 2, 2016.

The team of (from left to right) S. Yeralan, D. Durmus, and C. Sonmez came in first in the local Science Slam 2016 competition, with their presentation "A bit of time, a bit of entropy."  The team will now prepare for the national competition to be held in late April, 2016.

Science Slam, Izmir, 2016
Science Slam, Izmir, 2016

Music and HumorDr Yeralan will perform at the Lunch Break Concert at Yasar University on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

Music and Humor

YAEM 2016Dr Yeralan will deliver the keynote speech at the 2016 Operations Research / Industrial Engineering conference (YAEM 2016), to be held in July 2016 in Izmir, Turkey.  The conference theme is Value Chains in Agriculture and Food.

Dr Yeralan continues his weekly radio show Yörünge (Orbit) on RadYU at Yasar University.  Click to listen to a recent radio program with jazz guitarist Mr Luca Giberti from the Naif Note Jazz Quartèt.

Dr Yeralan was invited to give a talk at The University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, on September 21, 2015.  UNISA is one of the worlds top mega universities, known for its Open Distance Learning (ODL) programs.  With more than 300,000 students, UNISA is the largest university in the continent of Africa.

The talk centered on the use of chaos-theory-inspired new paradigms in modeling and analyzing stochastic models of manufacturing and service systems.



Dr Yeralan delivered a talk titled "The Ontology of Large-Scale Markovian Models" at the SMMSO 2015 Conference in Volos, Greece, in June 2015.

Dr Yeralan gave a talk titled “Strategic Use of Real Time Data in Green Logistics” at the 1st International Conference on Agrifood Supply Chain Management and Green Logistics, May 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.

Dr Yeralan was invited to participate on the panel on "Managing Higher Education" to be held at Alanya HEP University on May 7, 2015. His exploratory speech will focus on the assessment of research and teaching performance. Specifically, Dr Yeralan will focus on if and how such assessments may be justified or even conducted, given the general consensus that commonly performed quantification practices have little scientific basis. This, he will argue, brings more opportunities than challenges to the future of academic administration. 


Dr Yeralan played the main character in the single-actor short film, shot under the working title "Pico."

Dr Yeralan was named Associate Editor of the periodical Stem Cell, Fundamentals and Practice.

A short video about Izmir and Yasar University.

 Taking advantage of the rare snow, the ad lib video was shot in a single take.

Drs Yeralan and Taylor were invited speakers at the Second Istanbul Design Biannual. Their joint workshop focused on design principles for sustainability.




Dr Yeralan appeared on the program "Ekonomi Gundemi" (Economy Today)  on TV 360 in Istanbul.  He talked about design and engineering in the 21st Century.

Dr Yeralan and his co-host research assistant Ms G. Becerik are the producers and presenters of the weekly radio program Yorunge (Orbit) on the Internet radio station of Yasar University, radyu.yasar.edu.tr. All previous programs are available from the university website radyu.yasar.edu.tr/programlar/yorunge/.

RadYU Yorunge

Pearl Mullet

Dr Yeralan was invited to speak at the opening ceremonies of the Fourth International Pearl Mullet Festival in Van, Turkey (May 31, 2013),  The pearl mullet (alburnus tarichi , Turkish: inci kefali) is a species unique to Lake Van.  Lake Van is a large endorheic saline soda lake with a unique ecology. While the mullet is well-adapted to the saline environment, it treks upstream to fresh tributaries to lay its eggs. The mullet was recently recovered from near extinction assisted by the efforts of the YYU University and Doga Gozculeri Dernegi. (See more pictures from the festival.)


Thorium Workshop


Dr Yeralan was a participant in the 1st Thorium Workshop 2013 organized by the Thorium Rare Earth Metals Platform in Yalova, Turkey, held on May 23, 2013. Turkey holds one of the richest thorium reserves in the world. The workshop investigated the potential use of thorium in energy production and develop a roadmap for its use.

Dr Yeralan read the Order of the Engineer to the graduating class of 2013 at USF Lakeland at the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer.  As the dean of the former USF Polytechnic College of Technology and Innovation, Dr Yeralan emphasized the unique "polytechnical" skills and achievements of this engineering class.

Order of the Engineer

The Order of the Engineer , as shown below, emphasizes the professional and ethical aspects of the engineering profession, including societal and environmental responsibilities.

I am an engineer, in my profession I take deep pride. To it I owe solemn obligations. Since the stone age, human progress has been spurred by the engineering genius. Engineers have made usable nature's vast resources of material and energy for humanity's benefit. Engineers have vitalized and turned to practical use the principles of science and the means of technology. Were it not for this heritage of accumulated experience, my efforts would be feeble. As an engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance, and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth's precious wealth. As an engineer, I shall participate in none but honest enterprises. When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good. In the performance of duty and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give the utmost.

[See the Order of the Engineer homepage.]

Dr Yeralan was the featured speaker of the Sustainability Week at the University of Missouri.  Recognized by the Princeton Review as a "Sustainability Rockstar," the university is ranked to be one of the "greenest" campuses in the world.  The week-long event (April 15-19, 2013) was organized by the student group Sustain Mizzou (http://sustainmizzou.students.missouri.edu/ ) and the Sustainability Office (http://sustainability.missouri.edu/ ) at the University of Missouri.


Dr Yeralan was the guest on the program Soz Hakki on Kanal 24 on Thursday, October 4, 2012.

 Soz Hakki, Kanal 24, October 4, 2012

Dr Yeralan is the keynote speaker at the international SLIM 2012 Conference held in Istanbul (see program).

Dr Sencer Yeralan was an invited keynote speaker for the 2011 MMO EMYK Conference held in Izmir, Turkey between September 29 to October 1, 2011.  The conference was on software tools for industrial and manufacturing engineering.  In his presentation, Dr Yeralan emphasized the significant forces that are defining the spirit of our times, and how such forces may change the very models of software development. Sencer Yeralan

Dr Sencer Yeralan was an invited keynote speaker for the MIT & SLIM 2011 Conference held in Slovenia in September 2011.  His presentation, titled "Sustainability Performance Evaluation of Machine Tools" emphasized the need to develop sustainability measures and indexes that are suitable for the machine tool industry.  The conference program is available on line.

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