Biography

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Saif Benjaafar is Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is Founding Director of the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research, and a Faculty Scholar with the Center for Transportation Studies. He is a founding member of the Singapore University of Technology and Design where he served as Head of Pillar (at the rank of Dean) for Engineering Systems and Design. He was a Distinguished Senior Visiting Scientist at Honeywell Laboratories and a Visiting Professor at universities in France, Belgium, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. He Holds PhD and MS degrees from Purdue University and a BS degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His research is in the areas of supply chain management, service and manufacturing operations, and production and inventory systems, with a current focus on sustainability and innovative business models. He currently heads the University of Minnesota Initiative on the Sharing Economy. His papers have been published in leading journals including Management Science, OR, and MSOM. His research has been funded by NSF, DOT, DHS, and DARPA in the US and by NRF and MOE in Singapore.  His research work and teaching have been recognized by numerous awards, including the Harold Kuhn Award, the MSOM Best Paper Award, the George Taylor Distinguished Teaching Award, and the IIE Fellow Award, among others.  He has consulted widely with leading companies and organizations such as Honeywell, General Mills, 3M, and the World Bank, among many others. He serves on the Technology Advisory Board of Keppel Corporation.

Here is a link to a feature story by the University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research.

Here is a video produced by Singapore University of Technology and Design students.

Here is a link to an interview by INFORMS.