Current Members

taraneh Dr. Taraneh Sowlati, P.Eng.
Dr. Adindu Emelogu
Postdoctoral Fellow
Shaghaygh Akhtari
Ph.D. Candidate
krishna Krishna Teja Malladi
Ph.D. Candidate
Evelyn Gao
Master’s Student
Sahar Ahmadvand
Ph.D. Student
Seyed Salar Ghotb
Ph.D. Student


Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Olivier Quirion-Blais
May – Dec. 2017

PhD Graduates

Dr. Mehdi Piltan

Thesis: Developing a Decision Making Model for Evaluating Potential Partnerships in Forest Products Value Chains


Dr. Claudia Cambero

Thesis: Economic, social and environmental optimization of a forest biomass supply


Dr. Mahdi Mobini

Thesis: On the design and analysis of forest biomass to biofuel and bioenergy supply chains


Dr. Nazanin Shabani

Thesis: Value chain optimization of a forest biomass power plant considering uncertainties


Dr. Mahmood Ebadian

Thesis: Design and scheduling of agricultural biomass supply chain for a cellulosic ethanol plant



Dr. Saeed Ghafghazi

Thesis: Multi Criteria Evaluation of Wood Pellet Utilization in District Heating Systems


Master’s Graduates

Luke Opacic

M.Sc. Thesis: Developing simulation models to improve the production process at a parallam mill



Diana Siller

M.Sc. Thesis:  Supply chain planning for bioenergy and biofuel production from forest-based residues in interior British Columbia : a simulation study


Shaghaygh Akhtari

M.A.Sc. ThesisEconomic assessment and optimization of forest biomass supply chain for heat generation in a district heating system



Richard Hewitt

M.Sc. Thesis: Strategic information technology investments for the cabinet industry


Jo Chau

M.Sc. Thesis: Evaluation of Wood Biomass Utilization for the Greenhouse Industry in British Columbia


Mohammadhossein Mahmoudi

M.A.Sc. Thesis: The Simulation Modeling of Supply Logistics of Forest Biomass in British Columbia


James Salazar

M.Sc. Thesis: Life Cycle Assessment of Windows for the North American Residential Market


Dr. Saba Vahid

M.A.Sc. Thesis: Efficiency and Productivity Measurement of the Canadian Manufacturing Sector : 1994-2002


Neda Salehirad

M.A.Sc. Thesis: Efficiency Analysis of Primary Wood Producers in British Columbia


Visiting Scientists/Scholars

Dan Yu
UBC Visiting International Research StudentPh.D. Student at Beijing Forestry University, China
Dr. Mahdi Mobini
Visiting Scientist, Postdoc fellow at University of Tehran, Jan.-May 2017

Jan Maier
UBC Visiting International Research Student
Master’s Student in Bioeconomy at the University of Hohenheim, Germany
Tim Schröder
Visiting Ph.D. Student, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany
Summer 2015
Laura Elisabeth Hombach, Ph.D, Visiting Scholar. Research Assistant at the Chair of Operations Management; RWTH Aachen, Germany. Summer 2014
Mariane Hans Alexandre, Industrial Engineer Undergrad at UDESC, Joinville, Brazil. Science Without Borders scholarship program at UBC. Summer 2014. Frederik Trippe, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Karlsruhe University of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, Dec. 2012 – Jan. 2013.
Joern Meyers, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar,  Karlsruhe University of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany,
Dec. 2012 – Jan. 2013.
Frederik Trippe, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Karlsruhe University of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, Summer 2011.
Bjorn Nelson, M.Sc.
Visiting Scholar, Umea University, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Sweden
July 2008 – October 2008
Carolina Casas Cordero, B.Sc.
Visiting Scholar, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Nov. 2007 – June 2008
Sebastien Delmas, M.A.Sc.
Visiting Scholar, INSA Lyon (National Institute of Applied Sciences), France
April 2006 – August 2006
Dr. Azamdokht Safi,
Sabbatical, Industrial Engineering Department, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.
Feb. 2005 – Dec. 2005