Elected by a landslide faculty vote, and thereby nominated to the post by the Turkish Council of Higher Education in late July, Professor Gülay Barbarosoğlu was appointed as the new Rector of Boğaziçi University by Abdullah Gül, the President of Turkey. She started her tenure on August 6th, 2012.
A Professor of Industrial Engineering, Gülay Barbarosoğlu was the Vice-Rector of Boğaziçi University, in charge of research between 2008 and 2012. During her career, she also acted as the Head of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute of Boğaziçi University, as the founding Chair of Center for Disaster Management, as the Chair of Department of Industrial Engineering, and as the Chair of Graduate Program in Financial Engineering. Professor Barbarosoğlu taught in the areas of mathematical programming and optimization, logistics, operations and production planning, stochastic programming and decision theory.
During her services as the Vice-Chair of EURO (the Association of European Operational Research Societies), and the national representative of NATO Research and Technology Organization, she worked with many European universities, govermental and non-govermental institutions in close collaboration.