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Ahmad I. Jarrah

Associate Professor of Decision Sciences

Faculty Director, Master of Science in Business Analytics

  • Department: Decision Sciences
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  • Phone: (202) 994-6739
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  • Office: Funger Hall, Suite 415-C • 2201 G St. NW • Washington, DC 20052
  • B. Eng., American University of Beirut, 1985
  • M. Eng., Texas A&M University, 1986
  • PhD (Management Science), University of Texas, 1991


Dr. Ahmad Jarrah is an associate professor of Decision Sciences at the George Washington University.  Before starting his career in higher education, Dr. Jarrah spent fourteen years in the consulting industry designing, developing and managing the deployment of advanced decision support systems for air and ground logistics and transportation.  Dr. Jarrah’s areas of expertise include large-scale optimization, logistics and transportation analytics, and supply chain analytics.  His publications have appeared in Computers and Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, IIE Transactions, Interfaces, Journal of Scheduling, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Omega, Management Science, Operations Research, Transportation Science and Transportation Research B.  He holds a Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Texas at Austin.



Research Summary

Dr. Jarrah’s research contributions have been in large-scale optimization in the context of supply chain management, and, in particular, logistics and transportation.  The supply chain domains he has published in include Network Design, Vehicle Routing and Scheduling, Staff and Crew scheduling and Facility Design.  He also has a growing focus on applications related to sustainability, energy and the environment.

Professional Activities


Member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Science (INFORMS), and its Washington, D.C., chapter

Non-Academic Positions

Director of Projects and Consulting (2000-2003), Director of Operations Research (1997-2000), Transport Dynamics, Inc., Princeton, N.J.

Project Manager, Corporate Research and Development, United Airlines, Algonquin, Ill. (1995-1997)

Operations Research Consultant / Senior Consultant, American Airlines Decision Technologies, Dallas, Texas (1991-1995)


Research grant from the FedEx Corporation in support of my research in logistics and transportation (2012 – Present)