Berna Tokgoz, Ph.D.




Research

Research Areas

  • Resilience Engineering
  • Risk Analysis
  • Systems Engineering
  • Complex Systems

Research Grants

  • Berna Eren Tokgoz (co-PI) $3,800 "Monitoring the Health Conditions of Utility Poles and Vegetation Clearance Using  Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Deep Learning Neural Network" Sponsor: Lamar University CICE Summer Innovation Grant Dates: 6/15/2019 – 8/31/2019

  • Berna Eren Tokgoz (PI) $5,000 “Risk Assessment of Chemicals at Ports” Sponsor: Lamar University Research Enhancement Grant Dates: 9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019.

  • Berna Eren Tokgoz (Mentor) $4,500 "Public and Environmental Risk Identification of Commonly Transported Chemicals at Ports in Gulf of Mexico" Sponsor: Office of Undergraduate Research Student: Dikshant Singh. Summer 2018.  

  • Berna Eren Tokgoz (PI) M Burak Cankaya (co-PI) $34,200 “Optimization of Vessel Scheduling Problem and Evacuation Decision Making Using Real Time Location Data and Their Economic Impacts: A Case Study for Port of Houston” Sponsor: Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University Dates: 5/1/2016 – 8/31/2017.

  • Berna Eren Tokgoz (co-PI) Mahdi Safa (PI) Seokyon Hwang (co-PI) $15,000 “An Innovative Approach to Increasing Power Distribution Network Resilience under Pre- and Post-disaster Situation” Sponsor: Lamar University Proposal Writing Research Enhancement Grant Dates: 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017

  • Berna Eren Tokgoz (co-PI) Jaeyoung Cho (PI) Maryam Hamidi (co-PI) $35,000 “A Study on Innovative Port System: Utilization of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Port Operations” Sponsor: Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University Dates: 2/1/2017 – 8/31/2017.

  • Berna Eren Tokgoz (PI) $5,000 “Implementation of a methodology for quantification of resilience for essential facilities during a hurricane event” Sponsor: Lamar University Research Enhancement Grant Dates: 9/1/2015 – 8/31/2016

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
  • Strong knowledge of risk modeling, assessment and management.
  • Strong background in risk assessment methodology based on subject matter expert elicitation for complex systems.
  • Strong knowledge in quantifying and controlling catastrophic risks.
  • Personal interest of using serious gaming approach for the development of a risk assessment methodology for complex systems.
  • Knowledge of supply chain management and inventory management.
  • Strong familiarity with decision support techniques and tools.
  • Familiarity with the use of requirement analysis and development, business system design, and functional specification of applications of supporting operations.
  • Familiarity with the identification of important life cycle processes such as conceptual and preliminary design, detailed design and development, production and construction, system operation and support, and retirement and phase out.
  • Familiarity with the identification of customer and product needs, and their application to total project requirements.
  • Familiarity with the use of cost estimation techniques along with the consideration of timeline analysis, detailed trade studies and requirements allocation.
  • Modeling and simulation of complex systems using different modeling paradigms such as systems dynamics, discrete event simulation and agent-based modeling.

 

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor - Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Lamar University - August 2014 - Present

Post-Doctoral Student - Dept. of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering,  Old Dominion University - February 2013 - February 2014

Graduate Research Assistant - Dept. of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University - January 2006 - August 2012

Graduate Research Assistant - Department of Chemical Engineering, Hacettepe University - November 1997 - June 2000

Intern - Polisan Chemical Industries, Inc., Gebze, Turkey - July 1996 - September 1996

Professional Skills

  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience with port management software SEELS
  • Experience with programming languages Matlab, Visual Basic 6.0 and NET and C++.
  • Experience with software packages such as HAZUSExpert Choice and ARENA.
  • Experience with business process software TOPEASE.
  • Proficient in MS Windows and MS Office applications.

Certifications

  • Certificate of attendance Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Lamar University.
  • Certificate of appreciation for serving as a Track Chair at ISERC 2016.
  • The Western Gulf Coast Houston Pilot Association Conference Certificate of Completion, Brownwater University.
  • Certificate on Completion from “Dredging your Docks” conference.
  • Certificate on Completion “Writing & Designing NSF Proposals Workshop” in Houston.
  • Certification of ISA Southeast Texas Section Professional Engineering Ethics Course.

Memberships

  • Member of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
  • Member of Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Member of INFORMS

Awards

  • Academic Leadership for Women Engineering NSF ASSIST Travel Grant, 2018
  • Academic Leadership for Women Engineering NSF ASSIST Travel Grant, 2017.
  • Ihsan Dogramaci Supreme Success Award, 1997.
  • Ranked 1st in Chemical Engineering, Hacettepe University, 1997.
  • Master of Science student Md Morshedul Alam placed 2nd in oral presentation:
    Md Morshedul Alam, Mahdi Safa, Seokyon Hwang, and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Damage Prediction Methodology for Electric Poles Exposed to Hurricane Winds” 5th Annual Texas Stem Conference, Beaumont, TX, October 2017.
  • Doctor of Engineering student M. Burak Cankaya placed 2nd in student poster presentation:
    Burak Cankaya and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Vessel Traffic Optimization with Machine Learning using Geospatial Data”, Mission Critical Big Data Analytics Workshop, Prairie View A&M University, May 2016.
  • Senior Design project team placed 2nd in oral presentation:
    Huy Luong, Scorpio Collins, Khalid Almutwa, 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Expo, Lamar University, 2016.

Publications

Journal Publications

  1. Ayberk Karakavuz, Berna Eren Tokgoz*, Victor Zaloom, and Alberto Marquez. “Risk Assessment of Commonly Transported Chemicals in the Port of Houston”, Int. J. of Critical Infrastructures 2019. doi: 10.1504/IJCIS.2020.10024083, accepted for publication, in press.
  2. Jianyuan Ni, Berna Eren Tokgoz*, Fei Gao, and Yueqing Li. “Practical Risk Assessment Tool for the Frequently Transported Chemicals at the Gulf of Mexico Ports”, Int. J. of Critical Infrastructures, accepted for the publication.
  3. M. Burak Cankaya, Ezra Wari, and Berna Eren Tokgoz*. “A Chemical Tanker Scheduling Problem: Port of Houston Case Study”, Int. J. of Planning and Scheduling 3(1) 2019.
  4. Md Morshedul Alam, Berna Eren Tokgoz*, and Seokyon Hwang. “Framework for Measuring the Resilience of Utility Poles of an Electric Power Distribution Network”, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, doi:10(2) 2019. 10.1007/s13753-019-0219-8.
  5. M. Burak Cankaya, Ezra Wari, and Berna Eren Tokgoz*. “A Practical Approach to Chemical Tanker Scheduling in a Port: A Case Study”, Maritime Economics & Logistics 19(3) 2019. doi:10.1057/s41278-019-00122-w.
  6. Berna Eren Tokgoz*, Mahdi Safa, and Seokyon Hwang. “Resilience Assessment of Power Distribution Systems”, International Journal of Civil, Environmental, Structural, Construction and Architectural Engineering, Vol.11 (6), p. 802-807” 2017.
  7. Berna Eren Tokgoz* and Adrian V. Gheorghe. “Probabilistic Resilience for Building Systems Exposed to Natural Disasters”, Int. J. of Critical Infrastructures. Vol. 10, 3(4), p.375-397, 2014.
  8. Berna Eren Tokgoz and Adrian V. Gheorghe. “Resilience Quantification and Its Application to a Residential Building Subject to Hurricane Winds”, Int. J. Disaster Risk Sci. Vol. 4(3), September 2013. doi:10.1007/s13753-013-0012-z.
  9. Berna Eren Tokgoz and Adrian V. Gheorghe. “Resilience: An Emergent Characterization of Complex Interdependent Critical Infrastructures”, European Journal of Critical Services and Infrastructure Protection, October 2013.


Refereed Conference Proceedings
  1. Md Morshedul Alam, Berna Eren Tokgoz, Zanbo Zhu, Jing Zhang, and Seokyon Hwang. “Resilience Enhancements of Power Distribution Lines Using Computer Vision Technology” Proc. of Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2019.
  2. Zanbo Zhu, Md Morshedul Alam, Berna Eren Tokgoz, Seokyon Hwang, and Jing Zhang. “Monitoring Utility Pole Health Conditions Using UAV and Deep Learning” Proc. of Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2019.
  3. Md Morshedul Alam, Berna Eren Tokgoz, Ozge Gunaydin-Sen, and Mamta Singh. “The Importance of Success in General Chemistry for STEM Majors” Proc. of Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2019.
  4. Ayberk Karakavuz, Berna Eren Tokgoz, and M. Burak Cankaya. “Risk Assessment of Commonly Transported Chemicals in Ports” Proc. of Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2018.
  5. Md Morshedul Alam, Berna Eren Tokgoz, Ozge Gunaydin-Sen, and Mamta Singh. “Survey Study on the Retention Rate for Undergraduate Students in STEM” Proc. of Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2018.
  6. Md Morshedul Alam, Berna Eren Tokgoz, Mahdi Safa, and Seokyon Hwang. “Evaluation of Effects of Wind Speed on Resilience of Electric Poles” Proc. of Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2018.
  7. Mahdi Safa, Seokyon Hwang, and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Improving Disaster Resilience of Power Distribution Network Using Photogrammetry Technology” Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference in Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure, Vancouver, CA, June 2017.
  8. Berna Eren Tokgoz, Mahdi Safa, and Seokyon Hwang. “Resilience Assessment of Power Distribution Systems” 19th Conference on Critical Infrastructure Systems Engineering, San Francisco, CA, June 2017.
  9. Berna Eren Tokgoz, Seokyon Hwang, and Mahdi Safa. “An Innovative Approach to Increasing Power Distribution Network Resilience” International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Constructed Infrastructure Facilities, South Korea, July 2017.
Refereed Conference Presentations

  1. Berna Eren Tokgoz, Dikshant Singh, and Fei Gao. “Risk Prioritization of Chemicals at Gulf of Mexico Ports” Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2019.
  2. Zeina Bousaid, Alberto Marquez, and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Determining Inventories of Medical Supplies During Disaster Response Operations” Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2018.
  3. Md Morshedul Alam, Berna Eren Tokgoz, and Seokyon Hwang. “Optimal Resource Allocation to Enhance Utility Pole Resilience to Natural Disasters” 6th Annual Texas Stem Conference, Beaumont, TX, November 2018.
  4. Dikshant Singh, Berna Eren Tokgoz, and Cagatay Tokgoz. “Public and Environmental Risk Identification of Commonly Transported Chemicals at Ports in Gulf of Mexico” 6th Annual Texas Stem Conference, Beaumont, TX, November 2018. 2nd Place in oral presentation.
  5. M. Burak Cankaya, Ezra Wari, and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Pilot and Chemical Tanker Scheduling Problem in a Port” INFORMS Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, October 2017.
  6. Jaeyoung Cho, Maryam Hamidi, and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Utilization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Port Operations” INFORMS Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, October 2017.
  7. Md Morshedul Alam, Mahdi Safa, Seokyon Hwang, and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Damage Prediction Methodology for Electric Poles Exposed to Hurricane Winds” 5th Annual Texas Stem Conference, Beaumont, TX, October 2017. 2nd Place in oral presentation.
  8. Md Morshedul Alam, Mahdi Safa, Seokyon Hwang, and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Resilience Metric Determination for the Electric Distribution Poles” Texas Hurricane Conference, University of Houston, Houston, TX, August 2017 (poster).
  9. Ayberk Karakavuz and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Risk Assessment of Commonly Transported Chemicals in Ports” 5th Annual Texas Stem Conference, Beaumont, TX, October 2017 (poster).
  10. Ayberk Karakavuz, Jaeyoung Cho, Maryam Hamidi, and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Risk Assessment of UAV-Aided Port Operations” Texas Hurricane Conference, University of Houston, Houston, TX, August 2017 (poster).
  11. M. Burak Cankaya and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “A Comparative Study on Chemical Tanker Scheduling” Industrial and Systems Engineering Annual Research Conference and Expo, Pittsburg, PA, May 2017.
  12. M. Burak Cankaya and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Understanding Moving Object Patterns with Machine Learning Methods” Industrial and Systems Engineering Annual Research Conference and Expo, Pittsburg, PA, May 2017.
  13. Maryam Hamidi, Berna Eren Tokgoz, Alberto Marquez, and Brian Craig. “A Framework for Port Warehouse Space Assignment Problem” Industrial and Systems Engineering Annual Research Conference and Expo, Pittsburg, PA, May 2017.
  14. M. Burak Cankaya and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Understanding Vehicle Movement Patterns with Machine Learning Algorithms” INFORMS Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, USA, November 2016.
  15. M. Burak Cankaya and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Understanding Vehicle Movement Patterns with Artificial Neural Networks” INFORMS Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, USA, November 2016.
  16. M. Burak Cankaya and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Waste Reduction in Port Management Activities with Six Sigma” Industrial and Systems Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference, San Antonio, TX, USA, September 2016.
  17. M. Burak Cankaya and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Vessel Traffic Optimization with Machine Learning using Geospatial Data” Mission Critical Big Data Analytics Workshop, Prairie View A&M University, May 2016. 2nd place in student poster presentation.
  18. Berna Eren Tokgoz and M. Burak Cankaya. “Systems Design Approach to Port Operations” Industrial and Systems Engineering Annual Research Conference and Expo, Anaheim, CA, USA, May 2016.
  19. M. Burak Cankaya and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Sustainable Planning of the HAZMAT Evacuation Logistics Process” Industrial and Systems Engineering Annual Research Conference and Expo, Anaheim, CA, USA, May 2016.
  20. M. Burak Cankaya and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “A Novel Decision Support Methodology for Port Logistics” Industrial and Systems Engineering Annual Research Conference and Expo, Anaheim, CA, USA, May 2016.
  21. M. Burak Cankaya and Berna Eren Tokgoz. “Optimization of Scheduling for Terminals and their Economic Impacts” Industrial and Systems Engineering Annual Research Conference and Expo, Anaheim, CA, USA, May 2016.
  22. Berna Eren Tokgoz and Adrian V. Gheorghe. “Implementation of Quantification of Resilience to Essential Facilities” Institute of Industrial Engineering Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, USA, June 2015.
  23. Berna Eren Tokgoz and Adrian V. Gheorghe. “Efforts to Quantify Resilience against Hurricane Wind Speed at Community Level” 4th Conference on Next Generation Infrastructures, Virginia Beach, VA, USA, November 2011.
  24. Berna Eren Tokgoz and Adrian V. Gheorghe. “A Quantification effort for resilience of essential facilities against hurricanes at local level” The 2nd Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management”, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2011.
  25. Berna Eren Tokgoz and Adrian V. Gheorghe. “A Quantification approach for resilience of essential facilities against hurricanes at regional level” The Infrastructure Security Partnership Conference, Dallas, TX, USA, December 2010.
  26. Berna Eren Tokgoz, Volkan Cakir, and Adrian V. Gheorghe. “Handling Emergency Management in Object Oriented Modeling Environment” MODSIM World Conference & Expo, Virginia Beach, VA, USA, 2009.
  27. Berna Eren Tokgoz, Volkan Cakir, and Adrian V. Gheorghe. “Managing Hampton Roads Resiliency with an Object-Oriented Paradigm” HRA INCOSE Requirements, Management & Analysis Seminar, Newport News, VA, USA, 2008.
  28. Berna Eren Tokgoz, Volkan Cakir, Okay Isik, and Ghaith Rabadi. “Weapons Systems Performance Evaluation Using Discrete Event Simulation” Research Expo, Norfolk, Virginia, 2007.

Education

  • Ph.D., Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
    Old Dominion University, 2012
    Dissertation: Probabilistic resilience quantification and visualization building performance to hurricane wind speeds.
    Advisor: Adrian V. Gheorghe

  • Master of Science, Chemical Engineering
    Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, 2000
    Thesis: Production of cellulose-based affinity membranes and investigation of their application potentials.

  • Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering
    Hacettepe University, 1997
    Ranked 1st among 40 students

  • Post Doctoral Student, Old Dominion University 

Teaching

Dr. Eren Tokgoz has delivered eight different courses in both online and face-to-face environments at graduate and undergraduate levels since Fall 2014. Among them, she has developed four brand new courses which are Risk Management, Systems Engineering, Port Engineering Management, and Project Management.

Graduate Level

  • Industrial Management
  • Engineering Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Risk Management
  • Port Engineering Management

Undergraduate Level

  • Project Management
  • Industrial Management
  • Engineering Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Applications of Quantitative Methods

Students

Md Morshedul Alam is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Department of Industrial Engineering and pursuing a Doctor of Engineering degree at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. He graduated with a Masters of Engineering Science in Industrial Engineering in 2018. He involved in two research projects during his master's degree. The first project was titled “An Innovative Approach to Increasing Power Distribution Network Resilience Under Pre- and Post-Disaster Situation” which was supported by Lamar University Proposal Writing Research Enhancement Grant. He was also working on a preliminary survey study on the retention rate of students in STEM area as a second project. His research interests are quantification of resilience, and resilience of electric poles. He will continue to work on resilience engineering subject.

M. Burak Cankaya graduated at the Department of Industrial Engineering from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX with a Doctor of Engineering degree in 2017. He was a Graduate Research Assistant during his DE study. His dissertation title is “Study on Chemical Vessels Scheduling Problem in a Port Using MIP, CP, and Priority Job Scheduling Heuristics. He has a Masters degree in Project Management from University of Houston. Dr. Cankaya is currently an Assistant Professor in Technology Management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. He worked as a Senior Operations Research Analyst at NetJets Inc., Columbus OH between 2017-2018. He previously worked at Halliburton and University of Houston. His research interests are in Operations Research and Data Science. 

Ayberk Karakavuz was a Graduate Research Assistant at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. He graduated with Masters of Engineering Science in Industrial Engineering degree in May 2018. His thesis topic was about “Risk Assessment of Commonly Transported Chemicals in Ports”. He has previously worked on the project called ““A Study on Innovative Port System: Utilization of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Port Operations”.

Santhoshi X Kethineedi graduated with Masters of Engineering Science in Industrial Engineering degree in August 2018. Her thesis topic was "Evaluating Community Resilience to Hurricanes in Jefferson and Orange Counties, Texas".