Assistant Professor, Management Science


Joe Naoum-Sawaya is an Assistant Professor of Management Science at the Ivey Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Science/Operations Research from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Ivey, Joe was a research scientist at IBM Research. Joe’s research focus is on machine learning and optimization with applications in smarter cities (energy, mobility, water, and telecommunication). His work has appeared in INFORMS Journal on Computing, European Journal of Operational Research, Transportation Research, and Naval Research Logistics among others.


  • Decision Making with Analytics
  • Prescriptive Analytics


  • Ph.D. Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Kuang, X., Ghaddar, B., Naoum-Sawaya, J., Zuluaga, L., (forthcoming), "Alternative LP and SOCP hierarchies for ACOPF problems", IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Ghaddar, B., (forthcoming), "Cutting plane approach for the maximum flow interdiction problem", Journal of the Operational Research Society.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Yu, J.Y,, (forthcoming), "Ridesharing for emergency evacuation", INFOR.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Ghaddar, B., (forthcoming), "Formulations and Solution Approaches for the Network flow Interdiction problem", Journal of the Operational Research Society.
  • Gu, Y., Liu, M., Naoum-Sawaya, J., Crisostomi, E., Russo, G., Shorten, R., (forthcoming), "Pedestrian-Aware Engine Management Strategies for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles", IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
  • Yassine, A., Naoum-Sawaya, J., 2017, "Architecture, Performance, and Investment in Product Development Networks", Journal of Mechanical Design, January 139(1).
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Crisostomi, E., Liu, M., 2017, "Smart Procurement of Naturally Generated Energy (SPONGE) for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Buses", IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, April 14(2): 598 - 607.
  • Villumsen, J.C., Naoum-Sawaya, J., 2016, "Column Generation for Stochastic Green Telecommunication Network Planning with Switchable Base Stations", Naval Research Logistics, August 63(5): 351 - 366.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Buchheim, C., 2016, "Robust Critical Node Selection by Benders Decomposition", INFORMS Journal on Computing, Winter 28(1): 162 - 174.
  • Challita, U., Dawy, Z., Turkiyyah, G., Naoum-Sawaya, J., 2016, "A Chance Constrained Approach for LTE Cellular Network Planning under Uncertainty", Computer Communications, January 73: 34 - 45.
  • Elhedhli, S., Naoum-Sawaya, J., 2015, "Improved Branching Disjunctions for Branch-and-Bound: An Analytic Center Approach", European Journal of Operational Research, November 247(1): 37 - 45.
  • Eck, B., Arandia, E., Naoum-Sawaya, J., Wirth, F., 2015, "Decomposition Approach for Background Leakage Assessment: BBLAWN Instance", Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, May 142(5).
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Ghaddar, B., Arandia, E., Eck, B., 2015, "Simulation-Optimization Approaches for Water Pump Scheduling and Pipe Replacement Problems", European Journal of Operational Research, October 246(1): 293 - 306.
  • Naoum-Sawaya, J., Cogill, R., Ghaddar, B., Sajja, S., Shorten, R., Taheri, N., Tommasi, P., Verago, R., Wirth, F., 2015, "Stochastic optimization approach for the car placement problem in ridesharing systems", Transportation Research - Part B Methodological, October 80: 173 - 184.
  • El-Hosni, E., Naoum-Sawaya, J., Artail, H., 2014, "The Shared-Taxi Problem: Formulation and Solution Methods", Transportation Research - Part B Methodological, December 70: 303 - 318.


  • Research Scientist, IBM Research