Sophia joined the PhD program in Management Science in September 2011 and finished her comprehensive exam in June 2013.
Thesis Title: Three Essays on Product Recall Decision Optimization
Supervisor: Mahmut Parlar
Yao, L. (2012). Sales Logistics Management for Large Iron & Steel Manufacturer in China. Presented at the 54th Annual conference of the Canadian Operational Research Society and the 10th International Conference on Multiple Objective Programming and Goal Programming (CORS/MOPGP’2012), Niagara Falls, June 11-13.
Yao, L., & Zhu, W. (2010, September). Visual simulation framework of iron and steel production scheduling based on flexsim. In Bio-Inspired Computing: Theories and Applications (BIC-TA), 2010 IEEE Fifth International Conference on (pp. 54-58). IEEE.
Zhu, W., Wang, X., Yao, L., & Fei, Q. (2010, September). Simulation run allocation for optimization of order-up-to level configuration in a complex logistics. In Bio-Inspired Computing: Theories and Applications (BIC-TA), 2010 IEEE Fifth International Conference on (pp. 46-50). IEEE.
Her research focuses on enhancing food safety with supply chain management tools, such as location-allocation planning. In particular, she is interested in understanding the mechanisms of food recalls in the food value chain, its financial and social impacts, and opportunities of food safety improvements.
Sophia was awarded with the McMaster Internal Prestige Scholarship (2012-2013) for her excellent academic performance.
Founder and President, DeGroote Supply Chain Management Association (2013-14)
Director of Communications, DeGroote Doctoral Student Association (2013)