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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A Simulation Optimization Approach for Managing Product Transitions in Multistage Production Lines
, (2020). Winter Simulation Conference.
Personalized Predictions for Unplanned Urinary Tract Infection Hospitalizations with Hierarchical Clustering
, (2020). INFORMS Conference on Service Science.
Simulation Optimization Based Feature Selection, a Study on Data-driven Optimization with Input Uncertainty
, (2020). Winter Simulation Conference.
Traffic Signal Control Simulation and Optimization
, (2020). Winter Simulation Conference.
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).,
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).
ASTRO-DF: A Class of Adaptive Sampling Trust-Region Algorithms for Derivative-Free Stochastic Optimization
, (2018). SIAM Journal on Optimization.
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.
ASTRO-DF: Adaptive sampling trust-region optimization algorithms, heuristics, and numerical experience
, (2016). 2016 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC).
A Simulation Optimization Approach to Epidemic Forecasting
, (2013). PLoS ONE.

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Sara Shashaani