Concordia University

Fereshteh Mafakheri, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor (Aff.) , Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering
Lecturer (ETA), Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering

Biography    Teaching    Research    Publications   

Office: S-EV 007648 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
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PhD, Decision Sciences (HEC - Universite de Montreal), 2011
MSc, Industrial Systems Engineering (University of Regina), 2006
BSc, Industrial Engineering (Alzahra University), 2000

Dr.Fereshteh Mafakheri is a faculty member at Concordia Institute for Information Systems (CIISE). Dr. Mafakheri’s research interests revolve around applications of data analytics and information systems in operations &supply chain management problems arising in service, production, and energy industries. Fereshteh’s research has been funded by NSERC and FRQNT. Dr.Mafakheri is directing the Decision Modeling & Analytics Laboratory(DeciMAL) and is supervising a number of PhD and MSc students. She has published and presented her research in many prominent journals and conferences. Dr. Mafakheri holds a PhD in Decision Sciences form HEC Montreal(University of Montreal) and has a mixed background in engineering and management disciplines, helping her to target multidisciplinary research activities, and in particular, bridging the socioeconomic and technological aspects of emerging technologies with a particular focus on supply chain and logistics design and management.


INSE 6400 - Principles of Systems Engineering

INSE 6320 - Risk Analysis

INSE 6300 - Supply Chain Management

INSE 6230 - Total Quality Project Management


Research Interests

  • Data & Decision Analytics
  • Biomass & Bioenergy Systems
  • Production & Supply Chain Management
  • Technology Management & Innovation
  • Risk Analysis
  • Project Management

Funding and Grants

- NSERC Discovery Grant, Natural Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada ($22,000/year), 2019-2024, Role: PI

- Faculty Research Support (FRS), Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (ENCS), Concordia University ($20,000/year), 2018-2020, Role: PI

− Capital Research Innovation Grant, "Digital Supply Chains", Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (ENCS), Concordia University ($100,000), 2018, Role: Co-PI 

− RAE Competitive Investment Round Grant, University of Greenwich, 2012-2013, Project title: “A Framework for Modeling and Optimization of Biomass-for-Heat Supply Chains” (£7,000), Role: PI

− RAE Competitive Investment Round Grant, University of Greenwich, 2011-2012, Project title: “A Systems Approach to Modeling, Analysis, and Complexity Management of Revenue Sharing and Incentive Mechanisms in Reverse Logistics” (£9,000), Role: PI

Scholarships, Fellowship and Awards

− Runner-up, University Early Career Research Award, University of Greenwich, 2013.

− NSERC Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010 ($43,000)

− NSERC Industrial R&D Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010 ($40,000)

− FQRNT PhD Scholarship, Le Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les

Technologies, 2009-2011 ($20,000/year)

− PhD Completion Award, HEC Montreal, University of Montreal, 2010 ($12,500)

− PhD Candidacy Award, HEC Montreal, University of Montreal, 2008 ($5,000)

− PhD Scholarship, HEC Montreal, University of Montreal, 2008–2010 ($10,000/year)

− Research Assistantship, HEC Montreal, University of Montreal, 2008–2009


− Research Assistantship, Project Management Specialization, University of Calgary,

2006-2007 ($15,000)

− Graduate Scholarship, School of Graduate Studies, University of Regina, 2005 ($9000)

− Research Assistantship, Faculty of Engineering, University of Regina, 2005 ($5,000)


  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)
  • Association for Information Systems (AIS)
  • Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Association of Professional Engineers & Geo-scientists (APEGS)


Journal Papers

Nasiri,F., Mafakheri, F., Adebanjo, D., Haghighat, F. (2016).“Modeling and Analysis of Renewable Heat Integration into Non-Domestic Buildings - The Case of Biomass Boilers: A Whole Life Asset-Supply Chain Optimization Approach Using System Dynamics”, Biomass and Bioenergy, 95, 244–256 (Impact Factor: 3.537).

D.Adebanjo, P Samaranayake, F. Mafakheri,and T. Laosirihongthong (2016). "Prioritization of Six Sigma Project Selection:A Resource-Based View and Institutional Norms Perspective", Benchmarking: An International Journal, 23 (7), 1983-2003 (Impact Factor: 1.560).

F.Nasiri and F. Mafakheri (2015).“Postgraduate research supervision at a distance: a reviewof challenges and strategies”, Studies in Higher Education, 40 (10), 1962-1969 (Impact Factor: 2.854).

F.Nasiri and F. Mafakheri (2015). "Higher Education Lecturing and Humor: From Perspectives to Strategies", Higher Education Studies, 5 (5), 25-31.

A.Genus, F. Mafakheri. (2014). “A Neo-institutional Perspective of Supply Chains and EnergySecurity: Bioenergy in the UK”, Applied Energy,123, 307-315 (Impact Factor: 8.426).

F.Mafakheri, F.Nasiri. (2014). “Modeling of Biomass-to-Energy Supply Chain Operations: Applications, Challenges and Research Directions”, Energy Policy, 67, 116-126 (Impact Factor: 4.880).

F.Mafakheri and F. Nasiri. (2013). “Revenue Sharing Coordination in Reverse Logistics”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 59, 185-196 (Impact Factor: 6.395).

F.Mafakheri, M. Breton, and S.S. Chauhan (2012).“Project-to-Organization Matching: An Integrated Risk Assessment Approach”, International Journal of IT Project Management, 3(3), 45-59.

F.Mafakheri, M. Breton, and A. Ghoniem (2011). Supplier Selection-Order Allocation: A Two-Stage Multiple Criteria Dynamic Programming Approach, International Journal of Production Economics, 132 (1), 52-57 (Impact Factor: 4.998).

F.Mafakheri, F. Nasiri, and M. Moussavi (2008), Project Agility Assessment: An Integrated Decision Analysis Approach, Journal of Production Planning and Control, 19 (6), 567-576 (Impact Factor: 3.340).

F.Mafakheri, L. Dai, D. Slezak and F. Nasiri (2007). Project Delivery Systems Selection under Uncertainty: A Multi-Criteria Multi-Level Decision Aid Model, Journal of Management in Engineering, 23 (4), 200-206 (Impact Factor: 2.282).


Mafakheri, F. “A Comparative Analysis of Cooperative and Non-cooperative Bioenergy Supply Chain Coordination for Northern Canada”, INFORMS International Conference, Cancun, Mexico, June 9-12, 2019.  

Esmaeilzadeh, S., Nasiri, F., and Mafakheri, F.,“Principal role of agent-based approach in further advancements of bioenergy supply chain management”, Optimization Days, Montreal, QC, Canada, May7-9, 2018.

F. Mafakheri, “Hospital's Food Supply Chain Management: A Multi-Objective Dynamic Programming Approach”, Optimization Days 2017 and 1st Canadian Healthcare Optimization Workshop (CHOW), Montreal, QC, May 8-11, 2017

F. Nasiri, and F.Mafakheri “Integrating Biomass Boilers into Non-domestic Buildings: A System Dynamics Analysis, CORS/INFORMS International Conference,Montreal, QC, June 14-17, 2015.

A. Genus, F.Mafakheri, Understanding biofuels transitions: the contribution of Scott’swork on neo-institutional theory, International workshop on‘Tracing biofueltransitions: policies, practices and phase-outs’, Eindhoven, TheNetherlands, January 24-25, 2013.

F. Mafakheri, F. Nasiri, An Analysis of Equilibrium Coordination Incentives inReverse Supply Chains, The 9th International Conference on ComputationalManagement Science (CMS 2012), Imperial College London, UK, April 18-20, 2012.

F. Mafakheri, F. Nasiri, Coordination in Reverse Supply Chains, The 53rdAnnual Conference of the Operational Research Society - OR53, Nottingham,UK, September 6-8, 2011.

F. Mafakheri, and M. Breton, A Risk Based Project-to-Organization MatchingSystem Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process, Decision Sciences Institute - The40th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, November 14-17, 2009.

F. Mafakheri, and M. Breton, A Two Stage Multiple Criteria-dynamic ProgrammingApproach for Supplier Selection-order Allocation, INFORMS Annual Meeting,SanDiego, USA, October 11-14, 2009.

F. Mafakheri, F. Nasiri, and L. Dai, A Multiple Criteria Decision Aid ModelforAgility Assessment: Application in Software Development Projects, TheIETInternational Conference on Agile Manufacturing (ICAM 2007), CollingwoodCollege, Durham University, UK, 9-11 July 2007.

F. Mafakheri, Development of a Decision Support System for project deliverysystem selection under uncertainty, The1stGraduate Students' Research Conference, University of Regina,Regina, Canada, April 2006.

F. Mafakheri, L. Dai, D. Slezak, and F. Nasiri, Selecting the Optimal ProjectDelivery System: A Rough-AHP Decision Aid, In Proceedings of the Joint IEEE / WIC / ACM InternationalConference on Rough Sets and Soft Computing inIntelligent Agent and WebTechnologies, Compiegne, France, 2005.


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