You are now in the main content area

Dr. Aliaa Alnaggar

Assistant Professor
BSc, MASc, PhD
DepartmentMechanical and Industrial Engineering
EPH 312C
416-979-5000 ext. 553752

Areas of Academic Interest

Large-scale optimization

Stochastic optimization

Markov decision processes

Supply chain and logistics

Sharing economy

Healthcare operations management


Year University Degree
2022 University of Toronto / Rotman School of Management Postdoctoral Fellow
2021 University of Waterloo PhD
2017 University of Waterloo MASc
2010 Kuwait University BASc

Selected Courses

Course Code Course  
IND 604 Operations Research II  


As our society and technology evolve, uncertainty remains a constant.

How does a hospital manage its scarce resources during unexpected surges? How do gig-economy businesses, like Uber, effectively manage a remote workforce made up of individuals with spasmodic availability? Bringing clarity to these unknowns is what inspires Dr. Aliaa Alnaggar’s industrial engineering research and practice.

Applying mathematical optimization and probability theory, Alnaggar’s research informs new tools, algorithms and policies that enable organizations to make optimal decisions when facing perplexity. “There is a wide variety of problems you can address with these tools and a lot of room for creativity and innovation,” she says.

Alnaggar’s research spans a range of economic sectors, with a focus on the sharing economy, retail and healthcare. Currently, she is working on an application that will make it easier for hospital networks to distribute their limited resources, while balancing important variables such as fair access to care across different geographic regions. It is her belief that “sometimes a complicated mathematical model can provide you surprisingly simple operational policies.”

“Mathematical modeling is incredibly powerful for optimizing complex systems.”

  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)
  • Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences (WORMS)