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AI Research Manager and Master Inventor
Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA



I am currently an AI Research Manager and Master Inventor at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. In my current job, I lead the development of analytical tools for complex service engagements and advance research in analytics, statistics, machine learning, and operations research to address different business consultancy problems, service science problems in the IT outsourcing industry, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. I got my Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech with a focus on the development of operations research and analytics tools for solving problems in supply chains and logistics systems. I have two master’s degrees in Industrial and Production Engineering from Georgia Tech and Alexandria University, respectively, and a B.S. in Production Engineering from Alexandria University.

I have done multiple analytical research/consultancy projects for over 6 companies in the past, have given both invited and submitted talks at several conferences, companies, and institutions/universities, and have my work published in several academic journals and conferences in addition to filing multiple patent disclosures. I have taught university level courses at 7 different academic institutions. I have also won several internal IBM awards and external ones, including being a finalist for the 2019 Franz-Edelman award, the second place for the 2016 INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics Award and the first place for the 2018 ISSIP Excellence in Service Innovation Award. The internal awards I won at IBM are a recognition of the business impact (a verifiable business impact of $350M) of my different projects.

Being an active INFORMS member for the past few years, I was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Service Sciences Section, where I contributed to multiple new initiatives for the Section. I was also elected as the president of the INFORMS chapter of Northern California. I have also organized and gave talks at multiple sessions at the annual and analytics conferences of INFORMS, participated as a panelist in industrial job search panels, served as an organizer for Ph.D. colloquia, reviewed multiple papers for different journals, judged best student paper awards, and mentored several students.