Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering at Khalifa University

Industrial and systems engineers make decisions concerning the best utilization of people, material, equipment and energy to minimize costs and make organizations successful. They are productivity, quality, efficiency and optimization experts. They use sophisticated mathematical and statistical tools to design facilities, processes, supply chains etc., and generate optimal operation plans to produce better products and deliver better services. They are vital for businesses to become and remain competitive within global markets.


Industrial and systems engineering (ISYE) requires strong analytical and creative thinking skills for effective decision-making. Industrial and systems engineers are thought leaders often known for their big picture thinking of any business or enterprise. Their ability to function on multidisciplinary teams consisting of several engineering disciplines offers them a rapid access to senior management positions.


ISYE graduates have the flexibility to work in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, production and operations, supply chain and logistics, transportation, healthcare, and financial systems. Career specializations include: production and operations managers, process engineers, quality managers, operations research analysts, supply chain managers and healthcare managers.

Career Specializations include: Production and operations managers, process engineers, quality managers, operations research analysts, supply chain managers, healthcare managers and others.

B.Sc. in Industrial and Systems Engineering

The ISYE Program at Khalifa University of Science and Technology provides a state-of-art undergraduate education to prepare students for successful and long-standing careers in the competitive global economy.

M.Sc. in Engineering Systems and Management

The MSc in Engineering Systems and Management program meets the needs of engineers aspiring to achieve the highest levels of responsibility and leadership in their professional career. The program also includes optional concentrations in Technology, Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Space Systems & Technology.

M.Sc. in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure

The MSc in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure program develops researchers and a workforce able to design efficient, reliable, and sustainable complex systems for a modern urban infrastructure.

M.Eng. in Health, Safety, and Environment Engineering

The MEng in Health, Safety, and Environment Engineering provides working engineers sufficient scientific and engineering breadth to design and develop innovative solutions to HSE problems in industry.

The College of Engineering offers an inter-disciplinary PhD program that encompass ISYE areas of research.


Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering - Engineering Systems and Management


Prof. Mohammed Omar

Professor and Interim Chair

Dr. Afshin Afshari

Professor of Practice

Dr. Khaled Alawadi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Saed Talib Amer

Assistant Professor

Dr. Heungjo An

Assistant Professor

Dr. Elie Azar

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ali Bouabid

Assistant Professor

Dr. Abdulla Galadari

Assistant Professor

Dr. Alejandro Rios Galvan

Professor of Practice

Dr. Raja Jayaraman

Associate Professor

Dr. Nelson King

Associate Professor

Dr. Maher Maalouf

Assistant Professor

Dr. Praveen Maghelal

Associate Professor

Prof. Toufic Mezher

Professor and Associate Chair

Dr. Jaby Mohammed

Assistant Professor

Dr. Clarence Rodrigues

Associate Professor 

Dr. Sgouris Sgouridis

Associate Professor

Dr. Rodney Simmons

Associate Professor

Dr. Mecit Can Emre Simsekler

Assistant Professor

Dr. Andrei Sleptchenko

Assistant Professor

Dr. I-Tsung Tsai

Assistant Professor


Industrial Advisory Group Members (2017-18)

Ahmed Al Shamsi

SVP, Supply Chain Management

Borouge Pte. Ltd.

Mohammed Jaffar Al Haj Nasser

SVP, Engineering (ELM&O)

Emirates Airlines

Michael Adams

VP, MRO Services

Etihad Engineering

E. Murat Tuzcu

MD; Professor of Medicine, Chief Academic Officer

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri

Maqta Gateway General Manager Chair of the ADPC Research and Development Committee

Abu Dhabi Ports Company ADPC, Maqta Gateway

Abdulla Al Marzooqi

Manager, Health, Safety & Environment Unit Health, Safety & Environment Unit,


Patricio V.  Rivera

Director HSE Major Projects Occidental Oil and Gas, HSE Vice-President

Al Hosn Gas

Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi

Deputy Director- Knowledge, Policy and Finance Center (KPFC)

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Abu-Dhabi, UAE




Researchers in the ISYE department use tools such as optimization, simulation, data mining, data analytics, lean production, six sigma, statistical quality control, and stochastics to address problems in the following thematic areas:

Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation Systems

Designing and managing a supply chain involves data-intensive decisions such as the selection of suppliers, the location and capacity of warehouse and production facilities, modes of transportation, supporting information systems, as well as planning and management of all activities along the chain of supplies. Logistics is a part of the supply chain process that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from the point-of-origin to the point-of-consumption in order to meet customers' requirements. 

Research activities in Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation include:

  • Supplier selection, capacity planning and integrated inventory management.
  • Distribution network design, hub location, cross docking, warehousing and transportation.
  • Procurement planning of components and raw materials, assembly and distribution scheduling of customizable products in a build-to-order supply chain.
  • Establishing inventory replenishment policies to achieve material flow stability throughout the lean supply chain in prominent aerospace companies.
  • Blockchain in healthcare supply chains

Energy Economics, Policy, and Sustainability

The efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of urban critical infrastructure affect many aspects of society that include the cost of food and consumer goods, health and safety of citizens, availability and reliability of power systems, reliability and speed of telecommunications, and travel times. Critical infrastructures also affect the environment and consumption of natural resources.

Research activities in systems safety include:

  • Urban energy modeling
  • Carbon trading
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Optimal demand response bidding and pricing
  • Machine Learning algorithms and applications in investment
  • Resilient Design of System-of-Systems
  • Techno-Economic Assessment of Desalination technologies

Sustainable Built Environments

The built environment explores the way land use, growth patterns, and other built environment affect travel behavior, accounting for potential variation in estimated effects due to the spatial scale of analysis, analytical approach, and data used.

Research activities in the built environment include:

  • Quantifying the Impact of Human Actions on the Energy Performance of Kuwaiti Residential Buildings
  • Impact of social networks and demographics on energy conservation behaviors of building occupants
  • Analyzing the impact of different morphological parameters on the urban heat-island 

Operations and Healthcare Management

Operations management focuses on the design and control of production or service processes to drive the efficiency of business operations. The operations function manages the entire production system from converting inputs into the final product or service.  While healthcare has benefited from numerous advances in diagnosis and treatment, innovative medical devices, and use of advanced technology, their processes are fraught with significant inefficiencies, errors and waste. Healthcare viewed as a system helps to address these concerns.

Research activities in systems safety include:

  • Development of mathematical models to characterize optimal pricing of warranty and service contracts; design of extended warranty contracts based on varying objectives
  • Performance-based logistics life cycle cost risk analysis
  • Optimal inspection and replacement policy
  • Designing lean patient flows in various types of clinics (Emergency, Outpatient, Inpatient) in a major hospital
  • Process engineering in healthcare provider systems 

Occupational Health and Safety

Organizations use industrial engineers to assess the environment, health, and safety of the workplace taking into consideration systems safety, risk management, hazardous waste, noise, security and applicable regulations.

Research activities in health and safety include:

  • Evaluation of risk management practice in UAE hospitals
  • Anthropometric simulation of goods-to-man order picking strategies in distribution centers to determine health impact on workers
  • Predictive modeling to study disease spread and develop suitable intervention strategies