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Nader Azad
PhD

Assistant Professor

Operations Management

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Business and Information Technology Building - Room 3052
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 6486

Nader.azad@uoit.ca


Research topics

  • supply chain management
  • logistics
  • stochastic optimization
  • exact solution methods

Background

Dr. Nader Azad joined the University of Ontario Institute of Technology from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he was an Assistant Professor of Management Science in the Sobey School of Business. He received his undergraduate, master's and PhD degrees in Industrial Engineering. Following this, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Operations Management in the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

His main research area is in supply chain management optimization, particularly in developing models and solution algorithms for designing and operating supply chains under disruption risks and/or other types of uncertainty. His research has been published in top-tier refereed journals such as Transportation Science, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review and Annals of Operations Research. One of his papers in Transportation Research Part E has been reported as one of the most cited papers in that journal since 2010.

He currently holds a Discovery Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to develop models and solution techniques for the disruption risks in both centralized and decentralized supply networks.

Education

  • PhD, Industrial Engineering Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Tehran, Iran 2012
  • MSc, Industrial Engineering University of Science & Technology (IUST), Tehran, Iran 2007
  • BSci, Industrial Engineering University of Science & Technology (IUST), Tehran, Iran 2005

Research and expertise

2017-2021 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant
Project: Disruption Risk Management in Multi-Echelon Supply Networks
Award amount: $100,000

2017-2018 FGSR Faculty Grant, Saint Mary’s University
Project: Risk Aversion Assesment of Supply Chain Disruptions
Award amount: $5,000

  • supply chain management (designing and operating supply chains under disruption risks)
  • logistics (facility location, transportation and vehicle routing)
  • stochastic optimization
  • exact solution methods (decomposition approaches) and meta-heuristic solution methods

2012-2013 IFER International Post Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) Paris-France
Project: Disaster logistics network design using stochastic optimization

2008-2009 Top Ranked PhD Student Tehran-Iran
Industrial Engineering Department, Amirkabir University of Technology

Involvement

  • Journal papers under review

    Vickson, R.G., Hassini, E., Azad, N. A Benders decomposition approach to product location in carousel storage systems. Under revision in Annals of Operations Research (second round of review).

    Azad, N., Hassini, E. Recovery Strategies from major supply disruptions in single and multiple sourcing networks. Under revision in European Journal of Operational Research (second round of review).

  • Selected journal publications

    Golmohammadi, A., Taghavi, M., Farivar, S., Azad, N. Three strategies for engaging a buyer in supplier development Efforts, International Journal of Production Economics 206, 2018, 1-14.

    Azad, N., Hassini, E. A Benders decomposition method for designing reliable supply chain networks accounting for multi-mitigation strategies and demand losses. Transportation Science, Accepted for publication.

    Azad, N., Hassini, E. Verma, M. Disruption risk management in railroad networks: An optimization-based methodology and a case study. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 85, 2016, 70-88.

    Azad, N., Saharidis, G.K.D., Davoudpour, H., Malekly, H., Yektamaram, A. Strategies for protecting supply chain networks against facility and transportation disruptions: An improved Benders decomposition approach. Annals of Operations Research 210, 2013, 125-163.

    Ahmadi Javid, A., Azad, N. Incorporating location, routing and inventory decisions in supply chain network design. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review 46, 2010, 582-597.

    Alavi, S., Azad, N., Heydar, M., Davoudpour, H. Integrated Production, Inventory, and Location-Allocation Decisions in Designing Supply Chain Networks. International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management 9(4), 2016, 22-42.

    Azad, N., Davoudpour, H. Designing a stochastic distribution network model under risk. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Technology 64, 2013, 23-40.

    Azad, N., Davoudpour, H., Saharidis, G.K.D., Shiripour, M. A new model to mitigating random disruption risks of facility and transportation in supply chain network design. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Technology 70, 2014, 1757-1774.

    Jabbarzadeh, A., Jalali, S.G., Davoudpour, H., Azad, N. Designing a supply chain network under the risk of disruptions. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2012, 1-23.

    Azad, N., Davoudpour, H. A two echelon location-routing model with considering Value-at-Risk measure. International Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management 5, 2010, 235-240.

    Ahmadi Javid, A., Azad, N. A location-inventory model including delivery delay cost and capacity constraints in a stochastic distribution network. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering 21(2), 2010, 51-61.

    Azad, N., Davoudpour, H. A hybrid tabu-SA algorithm for location-inventory model with considering

  • Working papers

    Azad, N., Hassini, E. Verma, M. Optimal investment decisions for recovery from disruptions in the decentralized supply chains. 

    Azad, N., Reliable supply chain network design under risk-averse decisions. 

    Azad, N., Jabbarzadeh, A. Verma, M. Optimal mitigation and recovery strategies in hazmat railroad networks.

  • Conference publications

    Azad, N., Hassini, E., Verma, M. Optimal investment decisions for recovery from disruptions in the decentralized supply chains. 2017 IFORS-CORS International Conference, Quebec, Canada.

    Azad, N., Hassini, E. Verma, M. Disruption risk management in railroad networks: An optimization-based methodology and a case study. 2015 CORS-INFORMS International Conference, Montreal, Canada.

    Azad, N., Hassini, E., Verma, M. Strategies for recovery from railroad disruptions. 2014 INFORMS Annual Conference, San Francisco, USA.

    Azad, N., Hassini, E. Role of pricing, inventory and transportation in recovery from major supply chain network disruptions. 2014 CORS Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada.

    Azad, N., Hassini, E. Multi-mitigation strategies for designing reliable supply chain networks under disruption risks: A Benders decomposition method. 2013 Industrial-Academic Workshop on Optimization in Finance and Risk Management, Toronto, Canada.

    Azad, N., Saharidis, G.K.D., Malekly, H. Improvements on Benders decomposition algorithm. 2012 INFORMS Annual Conference, USA.