Eksioglu earns top NSF junior faculty award

A Mississippi State engineer will receive research support through the National Science Foundation's top junior faculty award program.

Sandra D. Eksioglu, an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering, earned a 2011 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. Accompanied by a five-year, $400,000 grant, the award will help fund her continued research in supply chain management for biofuels.

"Dr. Eksioglu's research has the potential to help make biofuels a viable alternative to petroleum-based fuel," said Sarah Rajala, dean of the Bagley College of Engineering (BCoE). "Her integrated supply chain design and management models will advance the knowledge needed to bring these renewable fuels to consumers."

Eksioglu came to Mississippi State in August 2004 as an instructor with the College of Business. After a year, she moved to the Bagley College of Engineering as an assistant research professor before earning her current title in 2006. She received the 2010 MSU StatePride Faculty Award and the BCoE Hearin Faculty Excellence Award the same year.

She is director at large for the Women in Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. Within the BCoE she serves as chair of the Transportation Working Group. She is also adviser for the MSU student chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, for which she earned the organization's 2010 Moving Spirit Award.

Prior to coming to MSU, Eksioglu served on the faculty at the University of Evansville. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of Tirana, Albania; a master's in economics and management sciences from Mediterranean Agronomics Institute of Chania, Greece; and a doctoral degree in industrial engineering from the University of Florida.

According to its website, the CAREER program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

For more information about the National Science Foundation, visit www.nsf.gov. Additional information about the Bagley College of Engineering can be found at www.bagley.msstate.edu.

Susan Lassetter | Bagley College of Engineering

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