Hoda Atef Yekta
Operations and Information Management
M.Sc in Industrial Engineering at Sharif University of Technology
B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering at Tehran Polytechnic University
I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Connecticut under the supervision of Dr. Robert Day. I am interested in developing optimization models and algorithms to make the world a better place.
Currently, my research has mainly focused on matching problems, in order to increase user satisfaction on a number of competing objectives, such as declared social welfare, robustness to manipulation, and various notions of fairness. For example, I have studied the course allocation problem and designed optimization-based mechanisms to allocate scarce classroom capacity to students especially for highly-ranked business schools. I also study the team formation problem in which people are partitioned into similar size teams considering individual preferences and team stability. In my other research line, I turn my attention to a Financial Data Mining topic and study a peer-to-peer lending market which matches many lenders to many borrowers. In the future, I am open to applications of optimization and mathematical modeling in Operations Management, Data Analytics, and Business Decision Analysis.
My teaching interests are in Operations Management, Operations Research, Business Analytics, Project Management, Applied Econometrics and Statistics, and Supply Chain Management. I have taught various courses including Operations Management for four semesters (class size: 15- 125) at the School of Business at the University of Connecticut and Inventory Management for four semesters (class size: 15-40) and Statistical Quality Control for two semesters (class size: 15-40) to Industrial Engineering students at Ershad University before coming to the United States. Furthermore, I have been involved in a curriculum alignment and review process for teaching Operations Management at the School of Business, and I received the OPIM Department Graduate Teaching Award in 2016.