Center of Excellence in Business Analytics

CEBA Director

Dr. Cigdem Gurgur

Dr. Cigdem Gurgur
Dr. Cigdem Z. Gurgur
Director of The Center of Excellence in Business Analytics
Richard T. Doermer School of Business
Tel: 260-481-6479

Dr. Gurgur received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rutgers University, earned an M.S. in Management Science and Operations Research from Warwick Business School, England, and an M.S. in Applied and Mathematical Statistics from Rutgers University. Her research and teaching activities are in supply chain and revenue management, pricing and risk analytics, the interface of operations, finance and risk assessment, with expertise in both predictive and prescriptive analytics. At IPFW she was awarded for Teaching Excellence in the MBA Programs several times as well as received the Doermer School of Business Excellence Award in Recognition of Outstanding Research and Teaching.

Dr. Gurgur consulted for defense, energy, financial and manufacturing companies, including Lockheed Martin, American Electric Power, Xcel Energy, Merrill LynchPlatts Analytics, and Michelin North America. She has been instated in the Distinguished Author List of The Engineering Economist, the flagship journal of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, published by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). The journal focuses on capital investment analysis, financial risk management, cost estimation and accounting, and economic decision analysis.

Dr. Gurgur is a member of EURO Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services, and The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Related to her current health-care analytics work, she was an invited speaker at the INFORMS Data Mining and Health-Informatics Conference. Her work has been published in highly-regarded  journals such as Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Interfaces, International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, International Journal of Energy Sector Management, The Engineering Economist, among others. She is Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society faculty; the society recognizes students of achievement in business and management. 

Dr. Gurgur is recently inducted into Faculty Row, The Official Home of America’s Top Professors. She is named a Super Professor, consistently demonstrating excellence, passion, and clarity in her academic career.

What is the Center of Excellence in Business Analytics?

The Center for Excellence is a consulting arm of the Doermer School of Business. Combining research excellence, cutting edge analytical methods with deep business experience, faculty and students work alongside of northeast Indiana manufacturing, financial/banking, insurance, healthcare, technology and nonprofit companies to improve function for increased profit.

The director of the center, Dr. Cigdem Gurgur points out that “Business Analytics has a lot to offer today’s businesses. With supercomputers today, we have tons of data, but the question is how to use the data to improve performance. Are we using the right technique to mine the data most efficiently and effectively?”

Regardless of industry, understanding past business performance is crucial to gaining insights that drive future planning.

The center provides businesses with the ability to ask better questions and achieve better business solutions with enhanced data analytics.

The Center for Excellence in Business Analytics is all about how to use the growing volume of computer data to enhance business performance in northeast Indiana through actionable knowledge.

Dr. Gurgur's Work

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           Defining Analytics: A Conceptual Framework

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