Diana G. Ramirez-Rios – Bio

Dr. Diana Ramirez-Rios earned a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in December 2020. She also has a B.S.-M.S. in Industrial Engineering at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. Currently she is a lecturer at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. Her research interests are in humanitarian/disaster response logistics and sustainable urban freight transportation. Her recent work includes optimization models in disaster response logistics, empirical studies on the impacts of human suffering, urban freight activity modeling, and game-theoretic models in supply chains. Her dissertation work is on facility location and allocation models for disaster response. She is a member of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Transportation Research Board (TRB), Minority Issues Forum (MIF), and Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). She serves as member at the Standing Committees on Freight Transportation Data and Disaster Response, Emergency Evacuations, and Business Continuity. She is a fellow of the ENO Future Leaders in Transportation, MIT CEE Rising Stars alumni, and the 2020 WTS Helene M. Overly / Leonard Braun Graduate Scholar. She was also part of the finalists’ team for the 2017 Franz Edelman Award, which developed the Off-hour Delivery Program in New York City. In 2015 she was designated as a Colciencias Scholar by the Governor of the Atlantico Department in Colombia.