学术论坛报告:Dr. Zhijie (Sasha) Dong——Supplier selection and pre-positioning strategy in humanitarian relief


学术论坛通知:本期学术论坛由Texas State UniversityDr. Zhijie (Sasha) Dong主讲

题目:Supplier selection and pre-positioning strategy in humanitarian relief

报告人:Dr. Zhijie (Sasha) Dong

时间: 20191219日,14:00-15:00



Pre-positioning of relief supplies is one important preparedness action for natural disasters. This paper proposes the importance of supplier selection in humanitarian relief, and integrates it into the pre-positioning strategy. These suppliers have own physical inventory for regular business, and relief agencies are assumed to be able to use such inventory for disaster response by providing compensation. The supplier selection criteria include price discounts offered by suppliers based on order quantity and required lead time as well as physical inventory. By considering disruption risks, this paper presents a two-stage stochastic programming model to produce plans including facility location and inventory, supplier selection, and distribution of relief supplies. A case study focused on hurricane threat in the Gulf Coast area of the US illustrates application of the model. Sensitivity analysis of comparison experiments offers managerial insights for relief agencies.


Dr. Zhijie (Sasha) Dong is currently an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Texas State University. She received her B.S. degree from Nanjing University in 2011, M.S. degree from Columbia University in 2012, and Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 2015. Before joining Texas State University, she interned at CSX Transportation as an Operations Research Intern, and worked at FedEx as a Senior Operations Research Scientist.

Dr. Dong’s primary research interest is the development of mathematical models and solution methods for use in the management of complex systems. She has particular interest in systems that can be represented mathematically as networks, including transportation and logistics systems, civil infrastructure networks and project networks. She loves to solve real-world problems, and she has close collaboration with industry companies including General Motors, Sabre Airline Solutions and C.H. Robinson. Dr. Dong’s current research focus is on humanitarian logistics and emergency management. Her recent work has been recognized by several best paper awards, including 2018 IISE (Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers) Annual Conference Engineering Management track best paper, and 2019 IISE (Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers) Annual Conference Modeling and Simulation track best paper.