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 PhD. Candidate at the Department of Operations and Information Management at the University of Connecticut under the supervision of Dr. Robert Day as well as a Visiting Faculty at the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
My research focuses on developing optimization models and algorithms for matching problems and increase user satisfaction on a number of competing objectives, such as declared social welfare, robustness to manipulation, and various notions of fairness. In this context, I have examined the course allocation problem and designed optimization-based mechanisms to allocate scarce classroom capacity to students. I also studied 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 Data Mining application and study a peer-to-peer lending market which matches many lenders to many borrowers. Using a decade of time-series field data, I analyze aggregate investor behavior and consider the strategic framing decisions of the market maker to influence investor behaviors. My research in matching mechanisms can develop through collaboration across different disciplines in Economics, Management, Marketing and Operations Management.
My teaching interests are in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Operation Research, and Business Analytics. I have taught various courses including Operations Management for five 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.