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A Harrisburg University of Science and Technology professor will present two papers co-authored with graduate students at an upcoming professional conference.

Dr. Ozlem Cosgun, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management, will present the papers at the 2022 Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) 53rd Annual Conference, scheduled for November 19-21 in Houston, Texas. DSI is a professional organization of academicians and practitioners interested in the application of quantitative and behavioral methods to the problems of society.

The papers are Seismic Assessment of Existing Reinforced Concrete Structures by Using Machine Learning Techniques, co-authored with graduate student Cumhur Cosgun, and Impact of COVID-19 on the Residential Construction Industry in the Tampa Bay Area, co-authored by graduate student Enrique Pavillard.  Both students are pursuing graduate studies at HU in master’s degree in Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM).

 “It is always great to work with my students and see their successes. The research introduces students to the joy of discovery and makes the process of learning an active rather than a passive one. This active learning process challenges students to frame questions, develop a strategy for testing their hypothesis, analyze data, and report the results,” says Dr. Cosgun.  “It also increases motivation for learning, helps them decide on a career path, forms a mentoring relationship between students and faculty, and improves student performance in writing, speaking, and working in teams.”

During the research, students develop a different type of relationship with faculty than is possible within the classroom and this interaction often provides the basis for a lifetime of personal connections and career guidance, she notes.  In addition, writing and presentation skills improve when students present their work at conferences. Published research papers and research experiences strengthen students’ resumes and therefore Ph.D. school and job applications.

Dr. Cosgun holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degrees in industrial engineering. She has 10+ years of teaching experience at several universities and prior to joining HU, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses such as Operations Research, Mathematical Modelling, Applied Statistics, Data Analysis, Predictive Analytics, Analytics Programming, Information Systems and Management, Introduction to Research and Quantitative Research Methods. At HU, she teaches graduate level courses such as Research Methods, Business Intelligence and DSS, Systems Engineering, Operations Management and Management Science courses.

In addition to the presentations, the papers will be published in the conference proceedings. More on the conference is found online at

ISEM is a 36-credit graduate program that offers a bridge between business and technology through digital transformation. The ISEM graduate program is designed to educate the leaders who can plan, architect, integrate and manage the next generation of smart digital enterprises. More information about the program is found online at


Through national, international, and regional conferences; competitions; and publications, DSI provides an international forum for presenting and sharing research in the study of decision processes across disciplines. The DSI also plays a vital role in the academic community by offering professional development activities and job placement services. Five regional subdivisions in the United States, as well as regions representing Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Indian subcontinent, operate within the DSI. Each region has its own elected officers and representative on the board of directors and holds annual meetings.


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