Niloofar Akbarian

PhD Candidate/Research Assistant

EME 1212




I started my engineering career in Iran where I obtained my B.Sc. degree in Industrial engineering. During my undergraduate studies, I enhanced my knowledge in different domains such as Operational Research, Mathematical Modeling, and Optimization. To have a deeper insight into such research areas, I completed my M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering with focusing on designing and optimizing the biofuel supply chain considering the economic, environmental, and social aspects, as my Master thesis. I joined the Composites Research Network (CRN) – Okanagan on September 2020 and I am currently PhD student working on interdisciplinary research on the intersection of the advanced supply chain, simulation, and data-driven optimization for bio-composite manufacturing under co-supervision of Dr. Abbas Milani and Dr. Taraneh Sowlati .

Recently, my paper entitled “Analytic Network Process for Multicriteria Decision-Making in Sustainable Composites Supply Chain Management,” won the 1st prize at 2024 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Sustainable Development Division Best Student Paper Competition. Presented at the IISE Annual Conference in Montreal, the paper introduces Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for measuring the sustainability performance of the biocomposite supply chain.


  • PhD (ongoing), Mechanical Engineering, UBC, Canada
  • MSc, Industrial Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran
  • BSc, Industrial Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

Research Interests

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Multi-criteria Decision Making
  • Mathematical Modeling and Optimization
  • Machine Learning and AI
  • Industry 4.0