Sophia (Liufang) Yao

Management Science
McMaster University 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4M4
DSB A211

905-525-9140, x26216

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

Education

  • B.Eng., Systems Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China)
  • M.Eng., Logistics Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China)

Selected Publications and Presentations

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.

Research and Study Interests

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.

Recognition

Sophia was awarded with the McMaster Internal Prestige Scholarship (2012-2013) for her excellent academic performance.

Professional Activities

Founder and President, DeGroote Supply Chain Management Association (2013-14)

Director of Communications, DeGroote Doctoral Student Association (2013)

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