Özgür Özlük received his doctorate in 1999 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a Bachelor of Science degree from Bilkent University in Industrial Engineering. After his PhD, he worked on pricing optimization models in Silicon Valley, and between 2003-2014 he taught various courses on Data Analytics at San Francisco State University. During the same period, he served as visiting professor at different universities and as an operations management/data analytics consultant to companies in various sectors. Prof. Özlük founded the Big Data Analytics Masters Program at MEF University in Fall 2016. Currently he works as a faculty member at MEF University in Turkey and at Minerva Schools in the USA, and he organizes training programs on Data Analytics for companies in Turkey.