Mohsen A. Jafari

Department Chair

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Office:CORE Building, Room 201
Office Hours: By appointment

Mohsen A. Jafari is a Professor and Chairman of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a Principal at the Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), where he oversees the Transportation Safety Resource Center (TSRC), Information Management Group and the newly established Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems (LESS). Since 2006, Professor Jafari’s research focus has been on control and optimization of energy systems with applications in Distributed Energy Resources (DER), microgrids, smart grid and Demand Side Management (DSM). LESS is actively involved with sponsored research from industry and government which has led to four Ph.D. graduates in the past three years with an additional four Ph.D.’s graduating within the next year. Professor Jafari has been active in research concerning transportation safety since 2005 and developed a commercial software system (Plan4Safety) that is currently being used by the State of New Jersey, and provinces in China. His traffic safety research is now extending to real time safety risk technology connecting to on-board and mobile devices.  Prior to 2005, Professor Jafari’s research focused on additive manufacturing of ceramic actuators and sensors, and intelligent manufacturing in food and pharmaceutical applications. He is one of the pioneers in architecting and building the first multi-material Solid Free Form (SFF) fabrication system with online image-based process control sponsored by the ONR-MURI program. Overall, Professor Jafari has been Principal and Co-principal Investigator to over $18.5M R&D funding from the US and international government agencies, and industry. Professor Jafari’s work has led to two patents and a number of major technological advances in transportation and energy applications. He actively collaborates with universities and national labs in the US and abroad and has advised seventeen Ph.D. theses, nine post-doctoral and research fellows. Presently, Professor Jafari is advising an additional seven Ph.D. theses and one Post-Doc. He is a member of IEEE and was recipient of the IEEE excellence award in service and research, SAP curriculum award and two Transportation safety awards. He has authored and co-authored 70+ refereed publications, over 60 conference proceedings, and has presented over a 100 invited or contributed presentations around the world. Professor Jafari has been a consultant to several fortune 500 companies, and national and international government agencies.


Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Syracuse University, 1984
M.Sc., Computer Science, Syracuse University, 1981

Professional Affiliations

IEEE Power and Energy
Operations Research

Research Interests

Distributed energy resources, smart grid, intelligent transportation systems and safety, alternative fuel vehicles, automation and control, and stochastic optimization.

Selected Publications

  1. “A Data-Driven Approach for Driving Safety Prediction Using Driver Behavior and Roadway Information Data,” (with N. Arbabzadeh), IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, to appear, 2017.
  2. “Network-aware Approach for Energy Storage Planning and Control in a Distribution Network with High Penetration of Renewable”, (with K. Mahani), Applied Energy, to appear, 2017.
  3. “Energy Performance as a driver for Optimal Production Planning” (with N. Salahi), Applied Energy, 174, pp. 88-100, 2016.
  4.  “Managing Demand Uncertainty with Cost-for-Deviation Retail Pricing," (with J. Zhu et al.), Energy and Buildings, 118, pp. 45-56, 2016.
  5. A Hybrid Physics-Based and Data Driven Approach to Optimal Control of Buildings Cooling /Heating Systems,”  (with A. Vaghefi et al.) IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Vol. 13, 2, pp. 600-610, 2016.
  6. “Resource Allocation with Stochastic Optimal Control Approach,”  (with H. Valian), Annals of Operations Research, 239, 2, pp. 625-641, 2016.
  7. Microgrid Investment Under Uncertainty – A Real Option Approach Using Closed Form Contingent Analysis,” (with F. Farzan et al.) Annals of Operations Research, 235, 1, pp. 259-276, 2015.
  8.  “Modeling Industrial Loads in Non-residential Buildings,” (with A. Vaghefi and F. Farzan), Applied Energy, 158, 378-389, Jan. 2015.
  9. A multi-scale adaptive model of residential energy demand,” (with F. Farzan, et al), Applied Energy, 150, pp. 258 – 273, 2015.
  10. Towards Optimal Planning and Operation Control of Microgrids under Uncertainty,” (with F. Farzan), IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 6, 2, pp. 499-507, 2015.
  11.  “Integration of Demand Dynamics and Investment Decisions on DER,” (with F. Farzan et al.)  IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 7, Issue 4, July 2016.