Professor Gülay Barbarosoğlu completed her BSc and PhD degrees in Industrial Engineering at Boğaziçi University. She has been a professor of industrial engineering since 2000.
Prof. Barbarosoğlu was the Vice-Rector of Boğaziçi University, in charge of research between 2008 and 2012. She has acted as the Head of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, Founding Chair of the Center for Disaster Management, Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering, and the Chair of the Graduate Programme in Financial Engineering. She was the Co-chair of the Engineering and Technology Management Programme and the Director of the Manufacturing Management Laboratory at Boğaziçi University.
During her services as the Vice-President of the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO), and the national representative of NATO Research and Technology Organization, she closely collaborated with a significant number of European universities, governmental and non-governmental institutions. She is the founding member of the EURO Hierarchical Organizational Planning (EWG), The Institute of Management Sciences (INFORMS), American Production, the Inventory Control Society (APICS), and the Industrial Engineering and Production Management (IEPM).
Prof. Barbarosoğlu is the former Rector of Boğaziçi University. She served as Rector from 2012 to 2016. In April 2013, she was elected as member of the Board of the European University Association.