Mohsen Jafari to Chair Industrial and Systems Engineering

Rutgers University School of Engineering has appointed Mohsen Jafari, a recognized leader in advanced controls in energy systems and transportation, chair of its Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering effective July 1, 2014.

Established as the Engineering Administration Program in 1947, the department adopted its current name in 2002 to reflect the expanded scope of its teaching and research activities. Today, the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering enrolls approximately 150 undergraduate and 90 graduate students in its BS, MS and PhD degree programs.

“I am pleased to announce Dr. Jafari’s appointment,” said School of Engineering Dean Thomas N. Farris. “A leader in the areas of industrial design and operations research for nearly thirty years, he will support and advance the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s commitment to cutting-edge research, high quality education programs, and national and international leadership.”

Jafari received Ph.D. and MS.C. degrees from Syracuse University, where he taught before joining the School of Engineering faculty as an assistant professor of industrial engineering in 1987. Promoted to full professor in 2001, he currently serves as program director of the Information Management Group (IMG) of the University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and also oversees the CAIT Transportation Safety Resource Center, or TSRC.  He is the architect of the TSRC Plan4Safety, a web-based crash data analysis tool that provides multiple layers of analysis and modeling.

The author of numerous refereed articles in technical journals and frequent presenter at national and international conferences, his current research interests include transportation and energy systems. His work has led to major technological advances and product development in transportation, energy, microgrid planning and control, and manufacturing.

“I look forward to the opportunity to encourage and support my colleagues in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in their research and teaching endeavors,” Jafari said. “I am equally pleased my new role will allow me to continue to help ensure that our students receive the relevant, up-to-the-minute training they need to succeed in today’s complex, diverse, and global workplace.” 

Jafari has served as a principle investigator (PI) or Co-PI on numerous federal- and state-funded projects related to national infrastructure improvement. During the course of his career, he has secured more than $17.5 million in approved grants from US and international government agencies and industries. US government funding includes awards from the Office of Naval Research, New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, as well as the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy.

A consultant to such industry leaders as Siemens USA, DNV GL Energy, Merck & Co., Allison General Motors, and Honeywell, Jafari has also served as a consultant to a number of international agencies, including the Port of Piraeus, Greece and the United Nations Technology Transfer Program. He actively collaborates with international universities as the University of Cambridge, England, and Polytechnique of Milan, Italy.

Jafari’s professional recognitions include the 2000 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers award for excellence in service and research.