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Sept. 21: Tepper School of Business Welcomes New Faculty for 2007-2008


Geof Becker                         

Tepper School of Business
Welcomes New Faculty for 2007-2008

Hafalir and van Hoeve Join
World-Renowned Faculty at Carnegie Mellon's B-school

PITTSBURGH - Joining a distinguished roster of leading researchers and educators, the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University has announced the addition of two new faculty members - Isa Emin Hafalir and Willem-Jan van Hoeve - for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Hafalir joins the Tepper School as assistant professor of economics after receiving his doctorate in economics from The Pennsylvania State University this past August.  A native of Turkey, his research is forthcoming in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review and the International Journal of Game Theory. His work has been presented at forums such as the Conference of the Society for Economic Design and the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).  He served as a referee for the journals Mathematics of Operations Research and Games and Economic Behavior.

Hafalir was honored with the silver medal at the 14th Balkan Math Olympiads in Greece, the bronze medal at the 38th International Math Olympiads in Argentina, and fellowships from the Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey and Bilkent University in Turkey.  He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Bilkent University and a master's degree in social justice from California Institute of Technology. He counts the areas of game theory, microeconomic theory, industrial organization and political economy among current research interests.

Van Hoeve joins the Tepper School as assistant professor of operations research after serving as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University.  His research has appeared in publications such as Computers and Operations Research and Journal of Heuristics. He has presented his work at Brown University, University of Bologna and the 2005 and 2006 INFORMS annual meetings, among others. He received the best paper award at the 12th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming.

Van Hoeve currently serves as editor of Constraint Programming Letters and as an external reviewer for several leading computer science journals.  He holds a doctorate from Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (Center for Mathematics and Computer Science) and the University of Amsterdam, as well as a master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. A Dutch citizen, van Hoeve's current research interests include combinational optimization, constraint programming, mathematical programming, and integration of constraint programming and mathematical programming.  This year, he will teach courses in optimization and mathematical modeling for the consulting industry.

"The addition of these two promising individuals to our faculty adds new dimensions to the exceptional teaching and research environment here at the Tepper School," said Dean Kenneth B. Dunn.  "I am confident that their scholarly and educational activities will represent a significant contribution to the Tepper and Carnegie Mellon academic communities."