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Associate Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Postdoctoral Researcher, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2011-2012)

Ph.D. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA (2008-2011)

Ph.D. of Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), Tehran, Iran (2004-2008)

Office: EB 3.04.48

Phone: 210-458-8747



Short Bio:

I am an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Advanced Data Engineering Lab at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). I am also the Co-Director of Flexible Manufacturing and Lean Systems (FMLS) Lab, Core Member of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems (CAMLS), and Associate Member of the Center for Simulation, Visualization, and Real-Time Prediction (SiViRT) at UTSA. My research program builds upon developing advanced data analytics tools for solving complex problems in healthcare, defense, and manufacturing. My work is strongly data-driven, where mathematical models are paired with data and statistical/empirical methods to drive meaningful change in complex systems. I am very excited that the methodologies I developed have been extensively funded and widely utilized in a variety of applications. I am the recipient of Air Force - Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, and IISE QCRE Division best paper award. I am also the finalist of the INFORMS Pierskalla competition, and the POMS most influential service operations paper competition. Currently, I serve as a member of the editorial board of the IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, and the board of directors of QCRE division at IISE. I am also a professional member of INFORMS, IISE and SIAM.

Current PhD Students

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Julian Carvajal

Ph.D. Student (Spring 2022 )



Logan Heck

Ph.D. Student (Summer 2023)



Amatul Quadeer Syeda 

Ph.D. Student (Fall 2023)



Gustavo  Giraldo

Ph.D. Student (Spring 2024)



Current MS Students


Aiden Garcia-Rubio

MS. Student (Fall 2022 )



Cathy Nguyen 

MS. Student (Spring 2024 )



Current UG Students

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Tobias Kausch

UG. Student (Fall 2022)


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Roja Sahi Pour

UG. Student (Fall 2022)



Current Intern Students


Melissa Galeano

Intern Student (Spring 2024)



Graduated Students

  • Mike Chi-Wen Chang (Ph.D. Graduated in Fall 2023)

  • Stanford Samuel Martinez (Ph.D. Graduated in Fall 2023)

  • Carolina Ramírez Tamayo (MS, Graduated in Fall 2022)

  • Danny Zilevicius  (MS, Graduated in Summer 2022)

  • Syed Hasi Akhter Faruqui (PhD, Graduated in Fall 2021)

  • Rajitha Meka (PhD graduated in Fall 2020)

  • Abed Motasemi (PhD, Graduated in Spring 2016)

  • Chinonso Ovuegbe  (MS, Graduated in Spring 2020)

  • Eakeen Muhammad Haque  (MS, Graduated in Fall 2019)

  • Joel Sumner (MS, Graduated in Spring 2019)

  • Stanford Samuel Martinez (MS, Graduated in Fall 2018)

  • Syed Hasib Akhter Faruqui (MS, Graduated in Fall 2016)

  • Adrien Tiokeng Kenyantio (MS, Graduated in Fall 2016)

  • Seung Hee Hong (MS, Graduated in Spring 2016)

  • Phani Teja (MS, Graduated in Fall 2015)

  • Swarup Guha (MS, Graduated in Spring 2015)

  • Raoul Wansi (MS, Graduated in Fall 2014)


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