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PhD Business Administration with a concentration in Management Science University of Massachusetts Amherst 2016
PhD Industrial Engineering University Putra Malaysia 2010
MS Socio-Economic Systems Engineering Isfahan University of Technology 2006
BS Computer Engineering Shiraz University 2004

My research agenda takes advantage of my educational background. The first area of research is supply chain networks equilibrium. In this research stream, I model supply chain networks to understand the interactions of agents who act in their own self-interest and their impact to business and society. A broad class of research question in this area is motivated by the interaction between supply chain networks and sustainable and responsible decision-making. The focus in my second area of research is on Blockchain technology contributions in the supply chain networks. Blockchain, as a new disruptive technology, has the potential to drastically change the environment in which supply chain networks operate. My research focuses on understanding, defining, and addressing proper barriers and enablers in adapting and governing this technology as well as analyzing and modeling the economic interaction between parties involved in a blockchain-based supply chain. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted me to start my third research stream which projects my supply chain management expertise in practical implementation for manufacturing industries. This stream is related to my two recently funded grants supported by NSF and EDA to enable accelerated paths to manufacture of competitive products in crisis times. Project-based learning curriculum at WPI facilitates my future plan to establish relationships with companies and use the skills that I have gained to conduct additional empirical research.

My teaching goal is to create the conditions under which my students can reach their fullest potential as scholars and to foster thoughtful, critical, engaged, and independent thinkers. I push my students to ask questions of themselves, each other, and me. I try to create an environment in which respectful debate is encouraged. I make every effort to set clear grading standards, offer intentional feedback, and connect students to supportive services. I also try to be creative and develop learning environments that will help my students synthesize and apply key course concepts. As an educator, this is what I believe and strive for.

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Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being

SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 4: Quality Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities - Reduce inequality within and among countries

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SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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Scholarly Work

Professor Saberi's research focuses on network optimization, supply chain management and resiliency, and blockchain.

Featured works:

Kouhizadeh, M, Saberi, S., Sarkis, J. (2021). Blockchain technology and the sustainable supply chain: Theoretically exploring adoption barriers. . International Journal of Production Economics, 231, 107831.

Saberi, S., Kouhizadeh, M.*, Sarkis, J., & Shen, L.* (2019). Blockchain technology and its relationships to sustainable supply chain management. . International Journal of Production Research, 1-19, .

Saberi, S. (2018). Sustainable Multiperiod Supply Chain Network Model with Freight Carriers through Reduction in Pollution Stock. . Accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, , 118, 421-444.

Saberi, S., Cruz, J. M., Sarkis, J., & Nagurney, A. (2018). A Competitive Multiperiod Supply Chain Network Model with Freight Carriers and Green Technology Investment Option. . European Journal of Operational Research, , 266, (3)934–949.

Nagurney, A., Li, D., Wolf, T. & Saberi, S. (2013). A Network Economic Game Theory Model of a Service-Oriented Internet with Choices and Quality Competition.   . Netnomics, 14, (1-2)1-25.

* denotes student contribution

Professional Highlights & Honors
NSF National Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program Funding, 2021
Secretary (2018), Treasurer (2019 - 2021),
Women in Operations Research and Management Science (WORMS)
Editorial Board (2019-2021),
Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Nominee, Sloan Research Fellowship, 2020
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Nominee, Donald P. Gaver, Jr. Early Career Award, 2020
Outstanding Doctoral Student Researcher Award, 2015
Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Eugene M. Isenberg Scholar Award, Fall & Spring, 2014
Isenberg School of Management


From Institutions to AI: The Blockchain Trends Emerging for 2024

Some of our experts on blockchain offer a glimpse at the future in this Techopedia article. The Business School professors Sara Saberi and Joseph Sarkis explain how they see the decentralized database technology having new applications in supply chain management.