Dr. Nasrin Mohabbati is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at San Francisco State University.
She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University in 2019. Following this, she joined the Information and Decision Sciences Department at California State University San Bernardino. She achieved early tenure and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor within 4 years. Despite her success at CSUSB, she decided to transition to SFSU.
Her research interests are centered around Optimization Under Uncertainty, Explainable Artificial Intelligence, and Sustainability, with applications in Supply Chain Management, Transportation, and Healthcare. Her publication record comprises 22 high-impact peer-reviewed journal articles and international conference proceedings.
Dr. Mohabbati has an impressive number of awards and achievements in teaching, research, and leadership. Notable accomplishments on her resume include contributions in securing an industry partnership of $2.5 million to develop a BA completion degree program, receiving JHBC Deans Teaching Innovation Grants, earning the "Outstanding Research, Scholarly, and Creative Contribution Award", the "Emerging Scholar Award", the "Research and Creative Activity Mentor Award", as well as the "100+ Women Strong Leadership Award", among others.
News (Since 2021)
I am excited to announce that I am joining the Information Systems Department at San Francisco State University starting Fall 23 semester!
I am delighted to share the exciting news that I have been granted early tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at California State University San Bernardino.
Being awarded the "Above Expectations" rating in all three categories of "Teaching", "Research", and "Service" by both the Information and Decision Sciences Department Evaluation Committee and the Jack H. Brown College of Business Evaluation Committee among tenure-track faculty members is a very rare occurrence, and I am grateful and honored for this extraordinary recognition!
Presented our new research about Mobility with Drones in High-Performance Computing Program Faculty Showcase on Campus.
My abstract titled "Integrated Inland Port Solution for Sustainable Developments of Southern California" has been accepted for oral presentation at the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) International Conference in Paris, France.
Hosted the Director of Supply Chain at Kaiser, as a guest speaker in my SCM 6070 (Managing the Supply Chain) class.
A new $2.5 million in partnership with Stater Brothers Market has been established for the development of the Fully Online Bachelor of Arts in Administration program with three concentrations (Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship, Management) . I am serving as the Program Coordinator for this program to facilitating the communications between JHBC and CEGE Deans, Department Chairs, faculty and staff as well as ensuring the high-quality of the program.
Served as the core team member of developing Blockchain Technology Certificate Program. The program will be available soon. Stay tuned! I have developed a website for the program. Check it out here.
Umesh Makhloga, my master student in Information Systems Technology completed his master's project successfully with the topic of "Improving India’s Traffic Management Using Intelligent Transportation Systems".
Our abstract titled "A Generalized Risk-averse Stochastic Optimization Framework to Promote Diversification and Fairness in Decision Making for Applications with Heavy-tailed Distribution of Losses” has been accepted for oral presentation in the 64th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society, Coventry, England.
Our paper titled "Risk Parity: An Alternative Solution of Risk-averse Stochastic Optimization in Presence of the Heavy-tailed Distribution of Losses" published in the Journal of the Operational Research Society.
Abner Garcia, my master student in Information Systems Technology completed his master's project successfully with the topic of "Study of Demographic Changes Caused by High Appreciation Rates".
Received the Outstanding Research, Scholarly, or Creative Contribution Award, recognizing my high-impact research contributions, by the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, California State University San Bernardino.
My work has been featured on the university website. Read here: Assistant professor works to bridge academia and industry to train and mentor students.
Our paper titled "Local Explanations of Global Rankings: Insights for Competitive Rankings" is accepted for publication in IEEE Access. This work proposes a hierarchical ranking explanation framework to capture local explanations for competitive rankings by defining a proper neighborhood construction approach. We explore various explanation techniques to identify the local contribution of ranking indicators based on the position of an instance in the ranking as well as the size of the neighborhood around the instance of interest.
Our paper titled "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)" is accepted for publication in the Sustainability journal. A novel framework has been proposed in this paper to subsume Corporate Social Responsibility categories under Sustainable Development Goals as a detailed roadmap to help companies save their environment, society, and economy, earn more profit and develop their organizations.
Our paper has been accepted for oral presentation at the 51 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute (SEDSI) on February 16 -18, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. Title of presentation: "Functions and actors of inland ports: Insights for Southern California".
We have received the Dean's Teaching Innovation Grant for developing the Data & Business Analytics Master Program at the IDS Department. The program is expected to be launched in Fall 2022.
Hosted Dr. Aravind Kailas, the Advanced Technology Policy Director at Volvo, as a guest speaker in my ADMN 6010 (Data-Driven Decision Making) class.
Attended INFORMS Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA.
Collaboration with the ASCM (APICS) Inland Empire Chapter has resulted in establishing an endowed scholarship for students pursuing a career in the supply chain, logistics, and transportation management. Each year two students will be selected to receive the scholarships.
Joined the JHBC Office of Equity as an advocate. See the biography of the advocates here. My colleagues and I have received Provost Grant, an internal grant, to work on Eliminating the Equity Gap in Degree Completion for Underrepresented Minorities.
My former graduate student, Jolon Koppmann won the CSUSB Outstanding Graduate Thesis/Project Award in the Computer Science, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences category! Her research was titled Overcoming the Challenges of Big Data Analytics Adoption for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Manufacturing Industry. She graduated with a Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology in Spring 2021.
Worked on a new Logistics, Supply Chain and Transportation Management website to promote our programs. The website is now available at: www.csusb.edu/supply-chain-management
Our ASCM club treasurer, Kassandra Rico-Alvarez, received the Coyote Image Award in recognition of her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion in the campus community.
Attended the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Virtual Conference: Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Jieping Mei, a master's student in Information Systems and Technology, joined my research group as a graduate assistant.
Milli Patel, my former undergraduate student, joined Amazon as an Area Manager in Ontario, Canada, immediately after her graduation in May 2021.
My proposal in redesigning the Southern California cargo distribution has been selected as the awardee for Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration 2021-2022 Mini-Grant Awards.
Attended the IEGO Sustainable Logistics Core Team meeting to discuss reconnecting around industry engagement, and the $100,000 Workforce challenge idea.
Received the "Emerging Scholar Award" in recognition of excellence in research from the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration
Received the "Research and Creative Activity Mentor Award" in recognition of dedication to student’s success for careers in research, teaching, and preparing them to meet the highest professional and ethical standards as scholars, by the Office of Student Research
My undergraduate student, Milli Patel, received the Best Oral Presentation award at the 10th annual “Meeting of the Minds” Student Research Symposium for her community-based research Efficient Distribution of Imported Freight in Southern California.
My students are presenting their research at the 10th annual “Meeting of the Minds” Student Research Symposium: Milli Patel, undergraduate student (Title: Efficient Distribution of Imported Freight in Southern California); Pual Wilson, Jim Reyes, and Priyanka Mago, graduate students, (Title: Utilizing Data Analytics to Identify Variables that Dramatically Influence the Quality of Life in San Bernardino County)
Invited to speak in the JHBC Real World Skills Bootcamp: Supply Chain Analytics: Data is Power in the Digital Era
Invited a guest speaker to present in my SCM 4750 class; Mr. Eduardo Vargas, Regional Director of Morrison Express Corp. Talk title: When and How You Should Try to Compete with Amazon
Milli Patel, my undergraduate student, has been selected as this year's Outstanding Undergraduate Student Researcher Awardee by the Office of Student Research at CSUSB!
Joined the Journal of Turkish Operations Management as an editorial member.
Received the "Dean's Teaching Innovation Grant" as a member of the Data Visualization Analytics Professional Certificate Program committee.
Our Paper published in Transportation Research Record: Robust Hazardous Materials Closed-Loop Supply Chain Network Design with Emergency Response Teams Location
My undergraduate student, Milli Patel presented her research in 35th Annual CSUSB Student Research Competition.
In the NEWS
My community-based research has been featured on the CSUSB website. Reed here.
The new scholarship has been established to help CSUSB supply chain management students. Read here.
CSUSB names Research Week outstanding students and faculty mentors. Read here.
Office of Student Research Newsletter- Spring 2021. Read here.
Interview with Milli Patel for two research awards she received
Faculty Research and Creative Mentor Award recipients
"Meeting of the Minds" Student Research symposium award recipients
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University, USA
Area of Study: Operations Research
Dissertation: On Closed-loop Supply Chain and Routing Problems for Hazardous Materials Transportation with Risk-averse Programming, Robust Optimization, and Risk Parity
Other Major Projects:
Streamlining science with structured data archives: insights from stroke rehabilitation (available at https://keithlohse.github.io/SCOAR_data_viz/index.html)
NSF GOALI/Collaborative Research: Human Maintenance - A Prognostics Framework to Model Changes in Drivers' Safety Performance and Optimize Dispatching Policies
Spring 2015 Summer 2019
Spring 2015 Fall 2016
Master of Industrial and Systems Engineering (MISE)
Auburn University, USA
Area of Study: Operations Research & Data Analytics
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Industrial Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran
Area of Study: Operations Research
Thesis: Transportation Scheduling in Supply Chain Environment with Considering Maximum Supply of Demands
Other Major Projects:
Landscape analysis and efficient metaheuristic algorithms for solving the n-queens problem
Mixed-integer mathematical model for routing and synchronized scheduling of Bus Rapid Transit (BRTs) system (Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Research Institute)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Industrial Engineering, Tabriz University, Iran
Area of Study: Operations Research
Thesis: Virtual Manufacturing Cells Scheduling in a Dynamic Environment
Other Major Project:
Developed a user interface in C# for graphical facility layout design
Awards & Honors
Received the Outstanding Research, Scholarly, or Creative Contribution Award, recognizing my high-impact research contributions, by the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, California State University San Bernardino, 2022.
Received "Dean's Teaching Innovation Grant" as a member of the Data & Business Analytics Master Program committee, California State University San Bernardino, 2022
Received "Research and Creative Activity Mentor Award" in recognition of dedication to student’s success for careers in research, teaching, and preparing them to meet the highest professional and ethical standards as scholars, Office of Student Research, California State University San Bernardino, 2021
Received "Emerging Scholar Award" in recognition of excellence in research, Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, California State University San Bernardino, 2021
Received Provost Grant to work on Eliminating the Equity Gap in Degree Completion for Underrepresented Minorities with three other colleagues as the advocates of the JHBC Office of Equity, 2021
Received "Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration Mini-Grant Award" for research proposal titled Designing an Efficient Distribution System for Imported Cargo Shipments in Sothern California, California State University San Bernardino, 2021
Received "Dean's Teaching Innovation Grant" as a member of the Data Visualization Analytics Professional Certificate Program committee, California State University San Bernardino, 2021
Awarded "Frank Sturm Memorial Fellowship" in recognition of excellence in multidisciplinary research and sustained leadership in service and teaching, Auburn University, 2018
Awarded "Dr. Saeed Maghsoodloo Annual Assistantship", $12000, Auburn University, 2018
Received "INFORMS Student Chapter Annual Award" at the level of Summa Cum Laude, 2018
An inductee of Industrial and Systems Engineering honor society, Alpha Pi Mu, since 2018
Finalist for "Outstanding ePortfolio Award", Auburn University, 2018
Received "INFORMS Student Chapter Annual Award" at the level of Cum Laude, 2017
Received "100+ Women Strong Leadership Award", Auburn University, 2017
Receiving the Frank Sturm Memorial Fellowship.
Left to right: Dr. V. Mirkhani, Dr. J. Flowers (Dean of Auburn University Graduate School), N. Mohabbati, H. Hernandez, P. Traverso.
INFORMS Student Chapter Award reception (2017)
L-R: G. Romine, N. Mohabbati, O. Toragay, Z. Sadeghi
INFORMS Student Chapter Award reception (2018)
L-R: A. Mehdizadeh, B. Rasoolian, N. Mohabbati, S. Shirzaei, Z. Sedighi, Dr. Gino Lim
Receiving the 100+Women Strong Leadership Award.
Right: Dr. Roberts, Dean of Samuel Ginn College of Engineering,
Photo credit: AuburnEngineers
Professional & Software Skills
Decision Making Under Uncertainty
Stochastic Programming, Robust Optimization
Branch and Bound, Branch and Cut,
Multi Objective Optimization
Epsilon Constraint, Weighting method, NSGA II
Large Scale Optimization
Benders Decomposition, Approximation Algorithms
Cplex, AMPL, Gurobi, GAMS, Lingo, Lindo
Matlab, Python, R,C++, C#
Data Visualization & Dashboarding
Excel, Tableau, dc.js, D3.js
Simio, Arena, Vensim
LaTeX, MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio