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Dr. Rafael Diaz

Dr. Rafael Diaz

Research Assistant Professor
System Sciences Lead


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Rafael Diaz graduated from Old Dominion University with a Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation in 2007, and became a Research Assistant Professor of Modeling and Simulation at Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC). He holds an M.B.A degree in financial analysis and information technology from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Jose Maria Vargas University, Venezuela.

Dr. Diaz's publications have appeared in several prestigious peer-reviewed system science journals including Production and Operations Management, International Journal of Production Economics, and International Journal of Operations Research. His research interests include operations research, operations management, production and healthcare and public health systems, dependence modeling for stochastic simulation, and simulation-based optimization methods. He worked for six years as a process engineer and management consultant prior to his academic career.


Research Areas of Expertise

  • Public Health and Healthcare Management Modeling
  • Ambulatory Systems; Public Health and Transit
  • Vulnerable Population Dynamics; Complex Systems
  • Community Health and Emergency Preparedness
  • Operations Research and Management Sciences
  • Operations Management; Service-based Production Systems
  • Supply chains
  • Simulation-based Optimizations



  • Ph.D., Modeling And Simulation, Old Dominion University, VA, 2007
  • MBA, Finance and Information Systems, Old Dominion University, VA, 2002
  • G.C., Project Management, Andres Bello Catholic University, Caracas, Venezuela, 1997
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, Jose Maria Vargas University, Caracas, Venezuela, 1994


Honors and Awards

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Old Dominion University - August 2007-March 2008

  • Faculty Award in Modeling and Simulation, Old Dominion University - May 2007

  • Dissertation Fellowship, Old Dominion University - June 2006 - June 2007

  • Modeling and Simulation Fellowship, Old Dominion University - August 2003 - June 2006

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