Musa Caglar

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office GW2-402K
Phone (504) 247 11 79


Musa Caglar teaches business analytics courses in Freeman School of Business. He received his M.S and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering-IE (Operations Research and Management Science) at METU of Turkey. METU IE Dept. has a world class faculty, who obtained their PhD/Post-doc degrees from top universities such as Georgia Tech, Standford, UC Berkeley, UFL, UNC, Lehigh and Rutgers. Before his appointment in Tulane, he was a visiting research scientist at State University of New York at Albany in the Computer Science Dept.

He has ten years of professional experience in business analytics with managerial insights. He completed his Ph.D. while he was working rigorously at The National Science Foundation equivalent of Turkey.

Conducting research and contributing to the literature of operations research and analytics are important to him. His research interests include application of optimization, simulation and machine learning algorithms to the practical problems in public sector organizations and healthcare.


Intro to Business Analytics
SQL Data Fundamentals and Business Intelligence


International Platforms
Dr. Caglar brings his international perspective to his work at Freeman. He was a project partner in an international project on behalf of Turkey at European Union. He was a member of several OECD working groups: National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators, and Committee for Science and Technology Policy. He represented Turkey in high-level meetings at NSF, NIH, DOE, and IBM Watson. He also contributed to international reports by working with government departments, NGOs, international organizations such as EC, OECD, and World Bank.

Practical Skills and Experience
Dr. Caglar knows programming languages Python, R, SQL, C/C++, and VBA and he is also skilled with IBM Cplex, Anaconda, Jupyter Notebooks, SPSS Modeler, Excel, Git, and LaTeX. Students benefit from the perspective that comes from his ten years of professional experience.


Çağlar M., Gürel S., Impact assessment based sectoral balancing in public R&D project portfolio selection, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Volume 66, pp 68-81, 2019.

Çağlar M., Gürel S., Public R&D project portfolio selection problem with cancellations, OR Spectrum, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 659 - 687, 2017.

Çağlar M., Gürel S., Public R&D Project Portfolio Selection Under Expenditure Uncertainty and Policy Constraints (Under Review)

Simsek, S., Caglar, M., Asilkalkan, A., Dag, A., A Hybrid Elastic Net Incorporated Bayesian Belief Network Approach to Rectum Cancer Patient Survival (Under Review)

Memorable Moment

Musa has a very good memory. One of the students asked if he knew all the names of the students. He said: "I think I know all the names. I have four sections and 129 students at this semester". He called the names of all students in a minute. All of the students were amazed and clapped all together. Several students were loudly saying the words like "the best professor I have ever had...". He received similar reactions from his other sections, which motivated him greatly.

Education & Affiliations

Ph.D. in IE (Operations Research and Management Science) at METU
M.S. in IE (Operations Research and Management Science) at METU
B.S. in IE (Operations Research) at Istanbul Technical University

INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Science- Analytics Society and Data Mining Section
DSI-Decision Science Institute


Swimming with his son regularly.

Likes playing tennis.

Likes walking and running regularly.