Elif Kongar, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Technology Management Professor of Technology Management and Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Elif Kongar is a Professor at the University of Bridgeport. During her tenure in the Departments of Technology Management and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bridgeport (UB), she established research and graduate concentrations and coursework in several areas, including simulation and modeling, service management and engineering, and economic / environmental sustainability. She is also serving as the Director of the Technology Management Ph.D. program while leading the development of blended and distance learning curricula at the department.
Her main area of research is economically and environmentally sustainable waste recovery systems and operations. She has founded the Sustainable Energy and Environment Laboratory. While the laboratory is used to research alternative energy and best practices in environment sustainability, the laboratory serves as a model in green engineering, integrating state-of–the art practices of sustainable engineering. She supervises several M.S. and Ph.D. students who participate in the research conducted in the Laboratory. Her service as a Faculty fellow on the School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board (IAB) has provided an opportunity to integrate best industry practices and problem solving paradigms in the curriculum and research endeavors supported by the laboratory.
Dr. Kongar is the author of numerous journal and conference papers, and has presented her work at various national and international conferences. She is a member of the ASEE, SWE, Scientific Research Society, Sigma Xi, the Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Alpha Pi Mu, the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University, 2003
M.S., Industrial Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, 1997
B.S., Industrial Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, 1995
Statistical Process Control
Supply Chain Management
Principles of Logistics
Simulation and Modeling
Service Management and Engineering
Kongar, E., Haznedaroglu, E., and Abdelghany, S., “A Novel IT Infrastructure for Reverse Logistics Operations of End-of-life Pharmaceutical Products, Information Technology & Management (ITEM), Manuscript Number: ITEM-D-13-00146, Submitted: August 2013.
Selig, G.J., Kongar, E., Lewis, N., Bach, C., and Sobh, T., “The Proposed Ph.D. in Technology Management at the University of Bridgeport: A Case Study”, International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, Special Issue on PhD Education in Information and Operations Management and Related Areas, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp. 172-189, 2013.
El Sayed, A., Kongar, E., and Gupta, S.M., “An Evolutionary Algorithm for Selective Disassembly of End-of-Life Products”, Ashdin Publishing, International Journal of Swarm Intelligence and Evolutionary Computation, Vol. 1 (2012), Article ID Z110601, 7 pages, doi:10.4303/ijsiec/Z110601, Received 2 June 2011; Revised 28 September 2011; Accepted 2 October 2011.
El Sayed, A., Kongar, E., Gupta, S.M., and Sobh T., “A Robotic-Driven Disassembly Sequence Generator for End-Of-Life Electronic Products”, Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, September 2012, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 43-52. Springer.
Kongar, E., “My grandma has a lot of candies in her medicine box”, Invited Paper, Logistics Magazine, pp: 20-21, Issue: November-December, 2011.
Kongar, E., & Rosentrater, K. “Data envelopment analysis approach to compare the environmental efficiency of energy utilization”, International Journal of Green Computing, 1(2), 2010.
Rosentrater, K., Kongar, E., “Greening the curriculum: Augmenting engineering and technology courses with sustainability topics”, Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences (JEAS), 5(6), 370-381, 2010.
Kongar, E., Pallis, J., Sobh, T., “Non-parametric Approach for Evaluating the Performance of Engineering Schools”, International Journal of Engineering Education (IJEE), 26(5), 1210-1219, 2010.
Kongar, E. and Gupta, S. M., “A Multiple Objective Tabu Search Approach for End-of-Life Product Disassembly”, International Journal of Advanced Operations Management (IJAOM), Vol. 1, No.2/3, pp. 177 – 202, 2009.
Kongar, E. and Gupta, S. M., “Solving the Disassembly-To-Order Problem Using Linear Physical Programming”, International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research (IJMOR), Vol. 1, No. 4, 504-531, 2009.
Kongar, E., Sobh, T., Baral, M. “Two-Step Data Envelopment Analysis Approach for Efficient Engineering Enrollment Management”, International Journal of Engineering Education (IJEE), Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 391±402, 2009.
Kongar, E., Kontogiorgis, P., Russo N., Sobh, T., “Women in Science, Engineering and Technology: Changing Roles and Perception within the Technical Services Industries”, Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences [Medwell], 4 (1): 46-50, ISSN: 1816-949X, 2009.
Honors and Awards:
Nominee, Northeast Council of Graduate School (NAGS), Outstanding Graduate Professor Award, 2014.
Connecticut Technology Council 2014 Women of Innovation® award recipient, March 27, 2014.
2013 Petit Foundation, Women of Science award finalist.
Best Students Poster Competition, Honorable Mention, Haznedaroglu, E., Gulcihan, C.O.,“Reverse Logistics Operation Management via Radio Frequency Identification-based (RFID-based) Information Network for End-of-life Pharmaceutical Products”, Authors: Haznedaroglu, E., Gulcihan, C.O., Advisor: Elif Kongar, 2013 ASEE NE Conference, Norwich University, VT, March 14-16, 2013.
Best Students Poster Competition, 1st Place, Greenwood, R., [Advisor: Elif Kongar], “Using Quality Mechanisms to Solve a Practice Service Business Problem of Reducing Delinquent Payments”, The ASEE-NE Section Conference 2011, April 29-20, 2011, Hartford, CT.
Best Poster Competition, 3rd Place, “Reverse Logistics of Pharmaceutical Products”, Shroff, N., [Advisor: Elif Kongar], Faculty Research Day, February 11, 2010, Bridgeport, CT.
Best Poster Competition, Honorable Mention Award, Greenwood, R., [Advisor: Elif Kongar],“Using Quality Mechanisms to Solve a Practice Service Business Problem of Reducing Delinquent Payments”, Faculty Research Day, February 11, 2010, Bridgeport, CT.
Best Poster Competition, Honorable Mention Award, Ozenc, I., [Advisor: Elif Kongar], “Establishing an Environmental Sustainability Program at the University of Bridgeport”, Faculty Research Day, February 11, 2010, Bridgeport, CT.
Best Poster Competition, Honorable Mention Award, “Dorm E-territory”, Poster, R. Shah, [Advisor: Elif Kongar], Remote Engineering & Virtual Instrumentation, Bridgeport, CT, June 22-25, 2009.
Best Poster Competition, Honorable Mention Award, “e-nemy of the State,” Poster, Rahman A., and Thompson S., [Advisor: Elif Kongar], Remote Engineering & Virtual Instrumentation (REV), Bridgeport, CT, June 22-25, 2009.
PI, ABB Group, Ltd. – Automation and Power Technologies, $ $60,756, Software grant. Full version of ABB’s RobotStudio Premium Functionality Suite; including all available PowerPacs, to support ongoing research at the Center for Sustainability at the School of Engineering, University of Bridgeport, within the area of developing heuristic methodologies for automated disassembly processes using robotics applications, Funded, April 2014-March 2015.
Co-PI, Fairchild Wheeler STEM High School Development Grant; with the Bridgeport School District. Department of Education, University of Bridgeport sub-contract, $672,000, Funded, 1/14-12/17.
PI, IBM Faculty Award, IBM, $5,000, Accepted, June 2012.
PI (with Dr. Bajwa), Security-based research and course development proposals, IBM Shared University Research (SUR) Award, app. $8,000, Accepted, 7/11
PI, Establishing an Environmental Sustainability Program at the University of Bridgeport SOE Seed money grant, $10,000, $7,000, Accepted, 9/9-9/10
Visiting Scholar, Service Lifetimes of Mineral End Uses (Yale University award number P00247), USGS Mineral Resources External Research Program 2006, $75,000, $16,459, Funded, 11/06 – 6/07.