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Mehmet A. Begen

Associate Professor, Management Science

Statistical & Actuarial Sciences
Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Mehmet A. Begen

Contact Information


  • Management Consulting
  • Scheduling
  • Data Driven Approaches
  • Simulation
  • Analytics
  • Operations Research
  • Incentive Alignment
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Spreadsheets & VBA
  • Process & Flow Analysis
  • Project Management

Research Publications

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Professor Mehmet A. Begen is an industrial engineer, a management scientist and an associate in the Ivey Business School at the Western University. Besides Ivey, he is cross-appointed at the departments of Statistical & Actuarial Sciences and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the Western.

Mehmet's research interests are management science/analytics applications, data-driven approaches and in particular scheduling and operations management in healthcare. He has been a PI or co-PI for NSERC Discovery Grants, Cancer Care Ontario Research Grant, NSERC Undergraduate Student Awards and others. Mehmet’s research won a top prize in the “Optimize the Real World” competition hosted by FICO for solving real business problems with use of analytics, developing mathematical models with data and obtaining managerial insights.

He has PhD and MS degrees in management science from Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, and a BS degree in industrial engineering from Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

Mehmet is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP), worked in management consulting before his PhD studies and is a recipient of CORS (Canadian Operational Research Society) Practice Prize and served as the president of CORS. He teaches courses on analytical modelling, financial analytics, analytics projects, big data tools and statistics.


  • Decision Making with Analytics, MBA, AMBA and HBA
  • Ivey Field Project, MMA
  • Art of Modelling, MSc, MMA
  • Business Statistics, MSc
  • Business Fundamentals (Analytics), MBA Direct
  • Applications of Stochastic Modeling, PhD
  • Quantitative Analysis, Preparatory Knowledge Program, MBA
  • End User Modeling (Spreadsheet Analytics and VBA), HBA
  • Healthcare Analytics (Health Sector), MBA
  • Best Practices: Competing with Analytics, MSc
  • Business Project, MSc
  • Financial Analytics, MBA and HBA


  • PhD, Management Science - Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
  • MSc, Management Science - Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
  • BSc, Industrial Engineering - Middle East Technical University

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Naderi, B.; Begen, M. A.; Zaric, G. S., (Forthcoming), "Type-2 integrated process-planning and scheduling problem: Reformulation and solution algorithms", Computers and Operations Research
  • Zacharias, C.; Liu, N.; Begen, M. A., (Forthcoming), "Dynamic Inter-day and Intra-day Scheduling", Operations Research
  • Begen, M. A.; Okuyan, H. M., (Forthcoming), "LncRNAs in Osteoarthritis", Clinica Chimica Acta
  • Naderi, B.; Begen, M. A.; Zaric, G. S.; Roshanaei, V., (Forthcoming), "A Novel and Efficient Exact Technique for Integrated Staffing, Assignment, Routing, and Scheduling of Home Care Services Under Uncertainty", Omega-International Journal of Management Science
  • BAYAZIT, B.; UÇARKUS, G.; ÇAGLAR GENÇOSMAN, B.; Begen, M. A., 2022, "Meta-Heuristic Algorithms based on Integer Programming for Shelf Space Allocation Problems", The European Journal of Science and Technology, October (41): 100 - 117.
  • Okuyan, C. B.; Caglar, S.; Begen, M. A., 2022, "How does the COVID-19 pandemic influence educational and psychological health of nursing students in Turkey: What can be done to minimize adverse effects of the pandemic?", Technium Education and Humanities, September 2(4): 63 - 72.
  • Begen, M. A.; Bayley, T.; Rodrigues, F. F.; Barrett, D., 2022, "Relative Efficiency of Radiation Treatment Centres: An Application of Data Envelopment Analysis", Healthcare, June 10(6): 1033 - 1033.
  • Okuyan, C. B.; Begen, M. A., (Forthcoming), "Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic, its Effects on Health, and Recommendations: The Pandemic and Beyond", Perspectives In Psychiatric Care
  • Caglar Gencosman, B.; Begen, M. A., (Forthcoming), "Exact Optimization and Decomposition Approaches for Shelf Space Allocation", European Journal Of Operational Research
  • Naderi, B.; Roshanaei, V.; Begen, M. A.; Aleman, D.; Urbach, D., 2021, "Increased surgical capacity without additional resources: Generalized operating room planning and scheduling", Production and Operations Management, October 30(8): 2608 - 2635.
  • Sang, P.; Begen, M. A.; Cao, J., 2021, "Appointment (Surgery) Scheduling with a Quantile Objective", Computers and Operations Research, August 132: 105295 - 105295.
  • Okuyan, C. B.; Begen, M. A., 2021, "Why are Elderly at Higher Risk and what should be done for them During the COVID-19 pandemic", International Journal of Caring Sciences, April 14(1): 767 - 767.
  • Okuyan, H. M.; Dogan, S.; Terzi, Y. T.; Begen, M. A.; Turgut, F. H., 2021, "Association of serum lncRNA H19 expression with inflammatory and oxidative stress markers and routine biochemical parameters in chronic kidney disease", Clinical and Experimental Nephrology, February 25(5): 522 - 530.
  • Okuyan, H. M.; Begen, M. A., 2021, "miRNAs as attractive diagnostic and therapeutic targets for Familial Mediterranean Fever", Modern Rheumatology, February 31(5): 949 - 959.
  • Habbous, S.; Barnieh, L.; Klarenbach, S.; Manns, B.; Sarma, S.; Begen, M. A.; Litchfield, K.; Lentine, K. L.; Singh, S.; Garg, A. X., et al., 2020, "Evaluating multiple living kidney donor candidates simultaneously is more cost-effective than sequentially.", Kidney International, December 98(6): 1578 - 1588.

For more publications please see our Research Database

Honours & Awards

  • Meritorious Reviewer Award (INFORMS Journal on Computing)
  • Eldon Gunn Service Award, Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)
  • Ivey Bridge Award (presented to a faculty member whose stream of research has impact beyond traditional SSCI categories of Business and Management)
  • Practice Prize, Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)
  • CORS President
  • Winner of FICO’s “Optimize the Real World” contest, 2014
  • Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)