Mohammad Firouz

Mohammad Firouz, Ph.D.

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of Operations Management at The University of Alabama
at Birmingham, 2019-present

• Taught four semesters of both online and f2f classes.
• Developed school momentum towards courses in business analytics.
• Performed research towards tenure.

Applied Operations Research Professional at General Motors, 2016-2019

• Designed willingness-to-pay software for customer choice modeling.
• Developed, tested, and documented synthetic choice experiments.

Research Assistant/Instructor at The University of Alabama, 2012-2016

• Designed, developed and lectured three courses as instructor.
• Assisted three MBA and MS level courses.
• Performed research towards the dissertation.

Education

  • Ph.D., Operations Management, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL Dissertation Title: Supply Chain Design and Analysis Under Disruptions Studied the effect of multi-sourcing, disruptions, and lateral transshipment in rental and sales supply chain networks under Burcu B. Keskin’s supervision.
  • M.S., Operations Management, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, May 2014
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, May 2012

Certification

MIT Discrete Choice Analysis, June 2017
Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching, August 2016
College of Education, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Research Title: Diversity in Business Education: Benefits and Opportunities

Research Interests

Applications

    • Supply Chain Network Design
    • Risk Management
    • Customer Choice Modeling
    • Inventory Management

Methodologies

    • Stochastic Inventory Theory
    • Bayesian Statistics
    • Simulation
    • Non-linear Optimization

Publications

Accepted
Firouz, Mohammad, Burcu B. Keskin, Sharif H. Melouk (2017). “An Integrated Supplier Selection and Inventory Problem with Multi-Sourcing and Lateral Transshipments.” OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science, 70,77-93.

Under Review
Firouz, Mohammad, Burcu B. Keskin, Linda Li, “A Rental Problem With Unreliable Fleet, Impatient Customers, and Finite Commitment Capacity.” under second round of reviews in Production & Operations Management.

Oroojlooy, Afshin, Mohammad Firouz, “Dynamic Unequal Area Facility Layout Design Under Stochastic Material Flow, Re-arrangement Cost, and Change Period.” submitted to International Transactions in Operational Research.

Work-In-Progress
Firouz, Mohammad, B. B. Keskin, “Managing Multi-location Rental Systems with Transshipment.”

Li, Linda, Mohammad Firouz, Barry Cobb “Heuristics for Centralized Autonomous Vehicle Dispatching Systems”

Teaching

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Primary Instructor

MG 403-F2F-Intro to Operations Mng (Fall 2020, 41 students,ratings = 4.2/5.0)
MG 403-Online-Intro to Operations Mng (Fall 2020, 49 students,ratings = 3.4/5.0)
MG 403-F2F-Intro to Operations Mng (Spring 2020, 26 students,ratings = 4.0/5.0)
MG 403-Online-Intro to Operations Mng (Spring 2020, 21 students,ratings = 3.9/5.0)
MG 403-F2F-Intro to Operations Mng (Fall 2019, 48 students,ratings = 3.1/5.0)
MG 403-Online-Intro to Operations Mng (Fall 2019, 52 students,ratings = 3.1/5.0)

The University of Alabama
Primary Instructor
OM 300-Intro to Operations Mng (Fall 2015, 62 students,ratings = 3.16/5.0)
OM 420-Computer Simulation (Fall 2014, 9 students, ratings = 4.4/5.0)
OM 300-Intro to Operations Mng (Summer 2013, 17 students, ratings = 4.0/5.0)

Guest Lecturer
OM 506-Spreadsheet Analytics (Spring 2015, 61 students, ratings = 4.6/5.0)
OM 540-Computer Simulation (Spring 2015, 12 students, ratings = 5.0/5.0)
OM 300-Intro to Operations Mng (Spring 2013, 256 students)

Teaching Assistant
OM 300-Intro to Operations Mng (two semesters, BS level)
OM 540-Computer Simulation (two semesters, BS and MS levels)
OM 506-Spreadsheet Analytics (three semesters, MS, MBA, and EMBA levels)

Honors & Awards

2016 OMEGA Best Reviewer Award (Spring 2017, OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science)

Runner-up in 2015 DOW Big Data Challenge (Spring 2015, DOW Chemical Company and INFORMS)

• Coordinated a team of an MBA student, an undergraduate student, and myself.
• Finalist among 30 teams from University of Alabama, Auburn University, Texas A&M University, Suny Buffalo, and Purdue University.
• Designed a real time inventory and transportation platform in order to decrease the inventory level of DOW’s retailers while maintaining the overall service level by adapting the supplier selection model from my dissertation .

Outstanding Operations Management Graduate Student Instructor (Spring 2015, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL)
SEIR Research Grant (Summer 2014 and Summer 2015, total of $10,000, Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL)
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Officer (Fall 2011, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)

Conference Talks

INFORMS Conference 2016, Nashville, TN.
INFORMS Conference 2015, Philadelphia, PA.
POMS Conference 2015, Washington D.C. (Session Chair)
INFORMS Conference 2014, San Francisco, CA. (Session Chair)
POMS Conference 2014, Atlanta, GA.

Services

Ad-hoc Referee
Annals of Operations Research
Computers and Operations Research
European Journal of Operational Research
IIE Transactions
OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science

Activities

Treasurer: INFORMS Student Chapter at University of Alabama, 2015-2016
• Conducting technical workshops including C++, CPLEX, Arena, SAS, R, and
Spreadsheet Modelling.
Vice President: University of Alabama Vedic Society, 2014-2016
• Emphasising urban farming, health, and environmental awareness in campus.
Research Division Officer: Sharif Green Society, 2010-2012
• Served as the project manager for building a Biodiesel Fuel Production Pilot, coordinating a multidisciplinary team of more than 20 students.
• Served as the director of the Green Sharif Project which aimed for increasing environmental awareness in the campus.

References

Burcu B. Keskin (Ph.D. Adviser and Dissertation Committee Chair)
Professor of Operations Management
Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration
University of Alabama
355 Alston Hall,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0226
bkeskin.people.ua.edu/
bkeskin@culverhouse.ua.edu
205-348-8442

Sharif H. Melouk (Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Member)
Associate Dean and Professor of Operations Management
Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration
University of Alabama
369 Alston Hall,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0226
smelouk@culverhouse.ua.edu
205-348-3217

Charles P. Schmidt (Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Member)
Emeritus Professor of Operations Management
Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration
University of Alabama
254 Bidgood Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0226
cschmidt@cba.ua.edu
205-534-6255