Metin Türkay holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (1996) and MS (1991) and BS degrees (1989) from Middle East Technical University. Before joining Koç University in 2000 where he set up Systems Lab, he was principal consultant for optimization technologies at Mitsubishi Corporation Mizushima Research Center. His doctoral work on computational and system theories was elected most innovative thesis among American universities and received the 1997 Ted Peterson Student Paper Award. He is also the recipient of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) Career Award (2005), the TÜBİTAK Encouragement Award (2006), Turkey’s first IBM Shared University Research Award (2007), the IBM Faculty Award (2009) and the Open Collaborative Research Award by IBM Haifa Research (2012). He set up the Koç-IBM Supply Chain Research Center with funds from the IBM Shared University Research Award, and since 2006, is chairs the Operational Research in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Medicine Working Group (EURO CBBM).