M. Ali Montazer, Ph.D.

M. Ali Montazer Headshot
Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial & System Engineering Department
Tagliatela College of Engineering


Ph.D., University at Buffalo - State University of New York (SUNY)
M.S. Industrial Engineering/Human Factors, University at Buffalo - SUNY
B.S. in Industrial Engineering (Cum Laude), University at Buffalo - SUNY

About Ali

Dr. M. Ali Montazer is currently a Professor of Industrial Engineering in the Tagliatela College of Engineering. He previously served as the Tagliatela College of Engineering interim dean (12/2010-7/2011), Associate Dean (2007-2010), IE department Chair 1992-98 and again during 2003-2006. He earned the BSIE (Cum Laude), MSIE and the Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. He was awarded the University's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1988; has taught in the areas of production and operations research and management, statistical methods, ergonomics, and simulation and modeling; has also taught in the University's MBA, Executive MBA and the former Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) Programs. His current research and industry project interests include simulation modeling of production systems and business operations, statistical methods and lean /six sigma initiatives; has worked on lean and simulation modeling projects with the Bilco Company, Consolidated Industries, Valley Tool & Manufacturing, Remington Products Company, and Unilever (Clinton, CT).

Published Books and Articles

Mailroom Operations Improvement Using Simulation (co-authors: Asnath Mosha and Jack Krivitsky [both graduate students]), presented at and in the Proceedings of the 7th North American International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Orlando, FL, June 12-14, 2022.

Review of Standard Process Improvement Metrics for the Implementation of Lean Six Sigma in Casting and Forging Operations (co-authors: Craig Duni, Kyle Allingham), presented at the annual IISE conference & Expo, Orlando, FL, May 19-22, 2018.

Improving the Repair and Maintenance Work Order Process at a VA Hospital, (co-authors: Scott M. Weber, Kimberly Severino), accepted for presentation at the POMS annual conference in Seattle, WA, May 2017

From Schewhart-Deming Cycle to Lean Six Sigma: Robust tools for Healthcare Quality and Cost Improvment, accepted for presentation at the POMS annual conference in Seattle, WA, May 2017

"Lateral-Longitudinal Position Distribution in Non-visual Target Aiming", submitted to Ergonomics, July 2010, (co-authors H. Shahriari and N. Beheshti)

"System Engineering - a new multidisciplinary program", New England - ASEE Annual Conference, University of Rhode Island, April 2007 (co-author Barry J. Farbrother)

"Institutionalizing Experiential Education", presented at the Annual Conference of the National Society for Experiential Education, Seattle, WA, November 2007 (Co-presenter Christie Boronico)

"Simulation Modeling in Operations Management: A Sampling of Applications", Proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society, April 2-5, 2003, Savannah, Georgia (Co-authors Kursad Ece, and Hakan Alp)

"A Feasibility Study for Implementing a Cellular Manufacturing Solution for a Foil Cutter Production Line", Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society, March 30- April 2, 2001, Orlando, Florida (Co-author Alan J. Peterson)

"Performance Analysis of a High-Speed Production Line Using Simulation", Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society, April 1-4, 2000,San Antonio TX (Co-author Troy W. Turner).

Courses Taught
  • Simulation Modeling
  • Applied Engineering Statistics Operations Research
  • Queuing Theory
  • Linear Programming
  • Nonlinear Programming
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Business Statistics
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Executive level courses in: Probability, Statistics, Quality, Simulation, and Lean