Mazhar Arikan

Associate Professor
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 3134
University of Kansas

Academic Areas

Supply Chain Management and Operations Management


Ph.D. in Operations Management, Purdue University, 2011
M.S. in Industrial Engineering, University of Miami, 2005
B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2002


  • Empirical Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Stochastic Modeling of Service/Transportation systems
  • Healthcare Operations

Published Journal Articles

Nicolae, M., Arikan, M., Deshpande, V., & Ferguson M. (2016). Do bags fly free? An empirical analysis of the operational implications of airline baggage fees. Forthcoming in Management Science.

Arikan, M., Deshpande, V., & Sohoni, M. (2013). Building reliable air-travel infrastructure using empirical data and stochastic models of airline networks. Operations Research 61(1), 45-64.

Deshpande, V., & Arikan, M. (2012). The Impact of airline flight schedules on flight delays. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 14(3), 423-440.

Submitted/Working Papers

“What drives the geographical differences in deceased donor organ procurement in the United States?”, with Baris Ata, John J. Friedewald, and Rodney Parker, December 2015. (Under Review).

“The Impact of Implementing Full Capacity Protocol on the Operational Performance of an Emergency Department”, with Lu Wang and Suman Mallik, January 2016.

Works in Progress

“Reducing Flight Delays by Optimizing Block-time Allocation", with Vinayak Deshpande and Milind Sohoni.

“Hospital Payment Schemes under Competition”, with Zheng Han and Suman Mallik.

Research Interests

  • Supply chain management
  • Stochastic Modeling of Service Systems
  • Empirical Research in Operations Management
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Airline Operations/Scheduling/Economics
  • Analytical and Empirical Study of Delivery of Healthcare Services

Selected Publications

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