I am a recent PhD graduate and former Graduate Assistant in Industrial and Managment Systems Engineering Department at University of South Florida. During my PhD, I worked as a Research Assistant at Service and Transportation Management (STOM) lab with Dr. Changhyun Kwon and Multiobjective Optimization (MOO) lab with Dr. Hadi Charkhgard. I hold a M.Sc. (2014) in Industrial Engineering from the University at Buffalo- NY, USA and a B.Sc. (2010) in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. I have also worked as a Teaching Fellow at SDSB, LUMS since 2014. I have held short-term research and teaching visits at Universidad Catolica Del Norte (UCN), in Antofagasta, Chile (2018). During 2012-2014, I was a Fulbright Masters Program scholar for my Masters Degree at University at Buffalo, NY, USA. Before starting my Masters degree, I worked as a Engineering Management Trainee and Project Engineer at Nestle SA, where I led the Electrical engineering team for multiple capital expenditure projects.
My research interests include application of Operations Research techniques to urban transportation systems, shared mobility systems and natural resource management problems. My current research encompasses issues related to sustainable urban transportation systems and conservation planning/environmental protection.
Saghand, P.G., Haider, Z, Charkhgard, Eaton, M., Martin, J., Yurek,S. and Udell, B.J. SiteOpt: an Open-source R-package for Site Selection and Portfolio Optimization. (August 25, 2020). Submitted to Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Under Review.
Operations Research I (Fall 2018): Taught sessions on Nonlinear Programming to two sections of the course as a visiting professor at UCN, Chile.
Applied Optimization (Fall 2018): Taught sessions on applied optimization demonstrating to students the key steps of problem definition, assumptions, modeling, algorithm design, coding in Python and interpreting results using an actual published paper.
DISC250 Introduction to Information Systems (Spring 2015): Major topics include design of Information Systems, Database Design, Information Systems in business and government and relevant ethical, security and privacy issues.
DISC212 Introduction to Management Science (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016): Topics include LP, Network Modeling, Regression and DA, Simulation and Queuing Theory.
DISC322 Optimization Methods in Management Science (Fall 2015, Spring 2016): Topics include Discrete Optimization, along with B&B and Branch and Cut algorithms, Evolutionary Heuristics, Goal Programming, Dynamic Programming, MOLP, topics on LP including Simplex Method, Sensitivity and Duality theory.
DISC335 Transportation and Logistics Management (Spring 2016): Topics include Logistics strategy, issues of logistics design, infrastructure, contracts, transportation network models, and issues related to global freight logistics management.
DISC230 Introduction to Business Process Modeling (Spring 2015): Topics include Time Series Forecasting, Inventory Theory, Lean Manufacturing, Work Systems Design, Product and Process Design, Human Factors etc.
ESI4312 Deterministic Operations Research (Teaching Assistant)
ESI4313 Probabilistic Operations Research (Teaching Assistant)
EGN3443 Probability and Statisitics for Engineers (Teaching Assistant)
Service for INFORMS
Vice President, INFORMS USF Student Chapter (2017-2018). The chapter was recognized for its activities and mission on a Magna-cum Laude level at INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification: Completed six sigma black belt certification in 2013-2014 with TCIE at University at Buffalo. The certification required two courses on statistical quality control as pre-requisites and involved training sessions and a six month long onsite six sigma project with an industrial partner.
Fulbright Scholarship: Fulbright Scholarship for Masters at University at Buffalo (2012-2014).
Topped Engineering Colleges Admission Test, achieving the highest percentile for all engineering universities in Punjab (2006).
Recepient of National Talent Scholarship, HEC-Japenese Scholarship, Federal Board Scholarship during undergraduate (2006).
High school: Gold medalist in Multan Board which consists of six education districts and 40,000 students (2006).
High school: Gold medalist in Federal board in National level Matriculation (10th grade) exams (2004).
Dept. of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, ENG 030
Tampa, FL 33620
Location: ENC 2400
ENG 302, Kopp Building,
4202 East Fowler Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33620