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Tahir Ekin

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Meet Dr. Tahir Ekin

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Tahir Ekin, Ph.D.

Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
McCoy College of Business

Areas of Interest: Statistics, Decision Making, Healthcare, Medical Fraud, Resource Allocation, Bayesian Modeling, Simulation-based Stochastic Optimization, Statistical Medical Fraud Assessment

Tahir Ekin is the Brandon Dee Roberts Professor and an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods in McCoy College of Business, Texas State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from The George Washington University (GWU) and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey.

His research interests broadly include applied statistics and decision models. Particularly, his expertise is in simulation based stochastic optimization, Bayesian modeling, statistical medical fraud assessment and operations research applications in resource allocation. He was the recipient for McCoy College 2017 Woods Research Award and ASA/NISS y-Bis 2016 Best Paper Award. His work has been published in a number of academic journals including Decision Analysis, Naval Research Logistics, The American Statistician, Health Care Management Science and Reliability Engineering & System Safety. He has been involved with successful internal and external grants worth more than $500,000 including a National Science Foundation grant. He was invited to present in various conferences including the meetings sponsored by Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) and The International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS). His teaching experience include the areas of statistics, data mining and analytics. 

Prior to joining Texas State University, he was teaching business statistics at GWU School of Business and working as a statistician at Integrated Management Services. He has been involved in developing solutions for practical problems using tools of Operations Research and Statistics in diverse areas as financial risk management, demand management, health care fraud detection, supply chain management and manufacturing for companies including IFC (World Bank), Carlsberg and Procter & Gamble. Currently, he serves as the Vice President for ISBIS and Program Chair of Young Business and Industrial Statisticians Group. Please see his personal website,, for more details.