Sara Shashaani

Assistant Professor

 
Sara Shashaani joined the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as an assistant professor in January 2019. Prior to joining the NC State faculty, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, where she worked on designing and improving probabilistic predictive models, specifically used for hurricane-induced power outages, with challenges in highly imbalanced datasets and a large set of explanatory variables. Her dissertation research in the area of derivative-free simulation optimization awarded her a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 2016. Besides her research, she is passionate about activities that target the environment, community wellness, and science communication.
 

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Publications

ASTRO for Derivative-Based Stochastic Optimization: Algorithm Description & Numerical Experiments
ASTRO for Derivative-Based Stochastic Optimization: Algorithm Description & Numerical Experiments. (2019). 2019 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC). https://doi.org/10.1109/wsc40007.2019.9004904,
Statistical Modeling in Absence of System Specific Data: Exploratory Empirical Analysis for Prediction of Water Main Breaks
Chen, T. Y.-J., Beekman, J. A., Guikema, S. D., & Shashaani, S. (2019), JOURNAL OF INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS, 25(2). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000482
ASTRO-DF: A Class of Adaptive Sampling Trust-Region Algorithms for Derivative-Free Stochastic Optimization
, (2018). SIAM Journal on Optimization. https://doi.org/10.1137/15m1042425
Multi-Stage Prediction for Zero-Inflated Hurricane Induced Power Outages
Shashaani, S., Guikema, S. D., Zhai, C., Pino, J. V., & Quiring, S. M. (2018), IEEE Access, 6, 62432–62449. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2877078
ASTRO-DF: Adaptive sampling trust-region optimization algorithms, heuristics, and numerical experience
, (2016). 2016 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC). https://doi.org/10.1109/wsc.2016.7822121
A Simulation Optimization Approach to Epidemic Forecasting
, (2013). PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0067164
Single-machine batch scheduling minimizing weighted flow times and delivery costs
, (2011). Applied Mathematical Modelling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apm.2010.07.023

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Sara Shashaani