Associate Professor of Management Department of Analytics in the Digital Era
Dr. Gürdal Ertek received his B.S. from Industrial Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1994, and his Ph.D. from School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in 2001. His research areas include business analytics, data science, artificial intelligence, block chain, supply chain management, and project management.
Before joining UAEU in August 2019, Dr. Ertek served for 13 years at Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey, and other academic and research institutions in Singapore, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has taught 2,000+ students in lecture-styled courses and has supervised/mentored in person 700+ students in project courses or course projects. He has also served as a reviewer for more than 50+ R&D projects submitted to TÜBİTAK (Turkish National Science Foundation) and other research organization.
In September 2020, UAE University received full accreditation for the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Statistics and Data Analytics (STAT), where Dr. Gurdal Ertek was a contributor. This program is the first of its kind in the UAE and the Gulf region, combining traditional and modern methods of mathematics, statistics, and data analytics. The program is positioned to grow highly competent data professionals within the UAE.
Dr. Ertek is recipient of many awards, including Service and Colleagiality Award at Abu Dhabi University and Project Manager Educator Award at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry from Alleeem Business Congress.
In November 2020, Dr. Gurdal Ertek has received Bronze Medal from Ethereum Foundation, Switzerland in the “Medalla Data Challenge”. Dr. Ertek and a NY-based researcher colleague joined the blockchain data science challenge with three technical articles. The articles analyze the data schema of and data propagation delays in Ethereum 2.0. From across the world, 12 teams were recognized for their work with awards. Dr. Ertek was one of the few researchers participating from outside of USA/Europe/China and the only researcher from academia.
Dr. Ertek is an amateur musician, with his music published as an online album, and an amateur ebru (marbling) artist.
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