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Saeed Zolfaghari, Ph.D., P.Eng. 

Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs 

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Zolfaghari is Professor and the Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs 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 production, business and traffic/transportation operations through proper use of resources and optimization of operation conditions. Dr. Zolfaghari has a broad knowledge in the areas of simulation and computational intelligence. Other areas of his research include cellular manufacturing systems, supply chain management, traffic/transportation planning and scheduling. His research has been funded by several external agencies and companies that include: NSERC, GEOIDE, MMO, CITO, and WSIB.


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

Research Interests:

Productivity Improvement. Loyalty Reward Programs. Simulation of Production, Transportation and Service Systems. Performance Analysis. Metaheuristics and Computational Intelligence. Scheduling. Lean Manufacturing. Cellular and Flexible Manufacturing Systems.

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Teaching: (Past and Present)

ME8140 (Simulation Theory and Methodology). IND600 (Systems Modelling and Simulation). EMS202 (Operations Management). EMS302 (Operations Research). IND810 (Flexible Manufacturing Systems). IND706 (Decision Analysis). IND300 (Introduction to Management). MEC518 (Manufacturing 1).

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2012 IIE Outstanding Global Faculty Advisor Award
2011 Service Award, Canadian Operational Research Society, external link
2010 Faculty Service Award, Ryerson University
2009 IIE Faculty Advisor Award, Canada Region
2007 Teaching Excellence Award, FEAS, Ryerson University
2006 Practice Prize (1st place), Canadian Operational Research Society 


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