Faculty Directory

Sina Ansari

Postdoctoral Research Fellow








PhD, Northwestern University, 2018; MS, Northwestern University, 2013; BS, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2009

Areas of Expertise

Operations management

Current Research Topics

  • Healthcare and service operations
  • Predictive data analytics
  • Applied probability and queueing systems
  • Supply chain management

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tuck School of Business, 2018–present
  • Doctoral Research Fellow, Tuck School of Business, 2017
  • Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Business Statistics/Business Analytics, College of Business and Management at Northeastern Illinois University, 2016–17
  • Instructor, Stochastic Modeling and Simulation, Northwestern University, 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University, 2014–18
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013, 2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2011, 2010

Nonacademic positions

  • Research Assistant, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, 2015–present
  • Project Coordinator/System Analyst, Sadra Tarh System, 2008–09

Board positions

  • Founder and board member, Tacticians of Trade and Technology (3T) International Trading Company, 2009–12

Editorial positions

  • Reviewer/Referee, Health Care Management Science
  • Publication Manager/Research Manager, Entrepreneurship Center of Iran University of Science and Technology, 2006–08
  • Editor in Chief, Samaneh (System) Journal of Department of Industrial and System Engineering at IUST, 2005–06


Northwestern University Graduate School

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award,  2014–15, 2015–16
  • IEMS Department Award for Exceptional Leadership and Service in the PhD Program, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • PhD program Fellowship, Fall 2013
  • Murphy Fellowship, Summer 2014

Iran University of Science and Technology, Graduate School

  • MSc Exceptional Talents Fellowship 2009

Working Papers

  • With L. Debo and S.M.R. Iravani, “Server Scheduling Policy for Queues with Abandonment” 
  • With L. Debo and R. Shumsky,  "Optimal Delay Announcement Strategy to Improve Satisfaction of Loss-averse Customers"
  • With L. Debo and R. Shumsky,  "Study the Impact of Medical Billing Codes Granularity on Coding Behavior"
  • With S. Enayati, "Optimal Selection of Policies to Dynamically Subside the Epidemic Burden of Prescription Opioid and Pill Diversion"  
  • With L. Debo and S.M.R. Iravani, "Engineering the Delay Announcement to Improve Patients' Satisfaction in Emergency Departments"

Selected Publications

  • With J. Andereck, Q. Reuter, A. Quarles, K. Allen, D. Cruz, L. VanZalen, S. Malik, D. McCarthy, and H. Kim, “A Quality Improvement Initiative Featuring Peer-Comparison Prescribing Feedback Reduces Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing,” Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 2019
  • With S.M.R. Iravani and Q. Shao, “Optimal Control Policies in Service Systems with Limited Information on the Downstream Stage,” Naval Research Logistics (NRL), 66(5), 367-392, 2019
  • With M. Basdere, X. Li, Y. Ouyang, and K. Smilowitz, “Advancements in Continuous Approximation Models for Logistics and Transportation Systems: 1996-2016,” Transportation Research, Part B, 107, January 2018
  • With H. Taheri, “Measuring the Relative Efficiency of Cultural-Historical Museums in Tehran: DEA Approach,” Journal of Cultural Heritage, 14(5), October 2013
  • With E. Teimoury, H. Nedaei, and M. Sabbaghi, “A Multi-Objective Analysis for Import Quota Policy Making in a Perishable Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chain: A System Dynamics Approach,” Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 93, April 2013
  • With M. Heydari, A. Bozorgi, H. Rahmani, and M. Sabbaghi, Inventory and Production Control Planning, Terme Publications, Tehran, Iran, October 2011
  • With M. Fathi, (chapter 10) “Application of Queuing Theory in Managerial Issues,” in Queueing Theory, The University of Science and Technology Press, Tehran, Iran, July 2011