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Saeed Zolfaghari




Ph.D.  Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada, 1997
M.Sc. Industrial and Systems Engineering, IUST, Iran, 1991
B.Sc. (Honour) Industrial Engineering, IUT, Iran, 1988





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Saeed Zolfaghari is a Professor of Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 1997 and joined Ryerson University in 1999. His primary research interest is productivity improvement of manufacturing and business operations through proper use of resources and reduction of waste. Dr. Zolfaghari specializes in combinatorial optimization and has a broad knowledge in the area of computational intelligence and metaheuristics. Other areas of his research include cellular manufacturing systems, supply chain management, transportation planning and scheduling. His research has been funded by several external agencies and companies that include: NSERC, GEOIDE, MMO, CITO, and WSIB. He is the recipient of the 2006 Practice Prize Award from the Canadian Operational Research Society, the 2007 FEAS Teaching Excellence Award, the 2009 IIE Faculty Advisor Award and the 2010 Ryerson Faculty Service Award.

Research Interests:

Productivity Improvement
Performance Analysis
Cellular and Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Simulation of Production and Service Systems
Metaheuristics and Computational Intelligence
Lean Manufacturing
Transportation Planning

Current Courses:

(Past and Present)
MEC518 (Manufacturing 1), IND300 (Production Management), IND706 (Decision Analysis), IND810 (Flexible Manufacturing Systems), IND600 (Systems Modellng and Simulation), EMS202 (Operations Management). EMS302 (Operations Research), ME8140 (Simulation Theory and Methodology)

Professional Affiliations:

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) - Senior Member
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Senior Member
Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)