Saif Benjaafar Elected as INFORMS Fellow

The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) has elected Saif Benjaafar, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), as a Fellow.

“This honor is reserved for a few select members of INFORMS,” said Pinar Keskinocak, President of INFORMS.

INFORMS Fellows are examples of outstanding lifetime achievement in operations research and the management sciences. They have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and made significant contributions to the advancement of operations research and management sciences over a period of time.   

INFORMS is the world’s largest professional association, with over 12,000 members worldwide, dedicated to and promoting the best practices and advances in operations research, management science and analytics to improve operational processes, decision-making and outcomes. 

A virtual Fellows Ceremony will be held this fall to honor those elected as this year's INFORMS Fellows.  

About Saif Benjaafar

Benjaafar is an internationally renowned leader in the field of operations management and supply chains. He has published ground breaking research that investigates how complex and global supply chains should be designed and managed. His work on sustainable supply chains introduced innovative ideas for reducing the environmental footprint of supply chains. His recent work on collaborative consumption is among the first to layout the foundation for the economic and environmental analysis of the sharing economy.

Benjaafar is currently Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is Head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director of the Initiative on the Sharing Economy, a university-wide initiative. He is also Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Senior Faculty Scholar at the Center for Transportation Studies, and Fellow of the Institute on the Environment. He was the founding Head of Pillar (at the rank of Dean) for Engineering Systems and Design at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), a new university established in collaboration with MIT. He was also Founding Director of the Program in Industrial and Systems Engineering which he led through a transformation from a small graduate program into a full-fledged department.

Benjaafar was recently interviewed by INFORMS, an organization he has been a member of since 1989. More information about Benjaafar can be found on his ISyE Department profile.