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Dr. Kamal Golabi

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President and Chief Scientist

Optima , Inc
Email: k***@***.com
The Optima Corporation
2200 Powell Street Suite 1090
Emeryville , California 94608
United States

Company Description: Optimal Decision Technologies (ODT) was formed in 1998, changing its name to The Optima Corporation in 2006. The business was formed to provide best-of-breed...   more

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  • Ph.D. , Management Science/Operations Research
    University of California , Los Angeles
  • BS , Process Engineering
    Abadan Institute of Technology
  • MS , Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
    University of California , Berkeley
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Consulting Staff, 15 Jan 2015 [cached]
Dr. Kamal Golabi
Dr. Kamal Golabi
As Science Advisor to MJB, Dr. Golabi specializes in designing optimization models and solution methods for large-scale, complex, multi-objective decision problems. During the last twenty-five years, the focus of his work has been on the design and development of planning, optimization and risk management systems for infrastructure and energy networks. He has also contributed to the theory and application of stochastic dynamic systems, probabilistic inventory theory, multi-objective optimization models, and economic models for energy and natural resources. Dr. Golabi is President and Chief Scientist of Optima, Inc, and has served as consultant and advisor to numerous international and national organizations, foreign governments, state agencies, research institutes and corporations. He has won the Franz Edelman Prize, awarded by the the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and has been published widely. Dr. Golabi received a BS in Process Engineering from the Abadan Institute of Technology, Iran, an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Management Science/Operations Research from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Optima Inc. | Operations Research and Optima, 29 Nov 2010 [cached]
All of Optima's systems managed by Optima's principal, Dr. Kamal Golabi, utilize operations research/management science methodologies.
Dr. Golabi earned a Masters of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research with a minor in Statistics. He then earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles, in Management Science/Operations Research while attaining minors in Mathematics and Economics.
Prior to founding Optima, Inc., Dr. Golabi utilized his desire to apply operations research to practical problems while working for Woodward Clyde Associates and The World Bank. Optima was founded in 1984 to focus on using operations research to optimize issues within network and infrastructure management systems, thereby saving companies and governments money while also protecting the public.
Optimization methods are continuing to replace simplistic ranking methods in an increasing number of industries. At Optima, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have demonstrated the shortcomings of such subjective approaches and designed and developed major infrastructure management systems that have replaced such methods. For example, the bridge management system PONTIS, now used in all 50 states and supported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), replaced a ranking method that had been developed by the FHWA itself, which had been used in every state for many years. The inadequacy of these methods-no matter what weights and what factors are used-are many and are also described in the award-winning article, "PONTIS: A System for Maintenance Optimization and Improvement of US Bridge Network" (Golabi and Shepard, Interfaces 27, pp. 71-88, 1997).
The pioneering pavement management system developed by Golabi in the early 1980s has, over the last 20 years, replaced elementary methods for pavement management in every country that has adopted a nationwide system.
TUBIS-Integrity Management Gas Distribution System. Distribution Pipeline Integrity Management, Risk Management, Operations Research, 28 Sept 2008 [cached]
Dr. Kamal Golabi, Optima's president and TUBIS's lead designer, specializes in operations research.Dr. Golabi used optimization models developed from the field of operations research to merge varied disciplines into a cohesive framework.
Optima Inc. | Home, 8 June 2009 [cached]
In 1982, the winner of the Franz Edelman Award was presented to Kamal Golabi, Ram Kulkarni, and George Way for the "The Arizona Pavement Management System," created for the Arizona Department of Transportation.
In 1996, finalists of the Franz Edelman Award were Kamal Golabi and Richard Shepard for their work on "PONTIS: A System for Maintenance Optimization and Improvement of U.S. Bridge Networks," created for the Federal Highway Administration and California Department of Transportation.
Dr. Kamal Golabi, president and chief scientist of Optima, was named a Franz Edelman Laureate and recipient of the Edelman Medal on April 14, 2008.
Optima Inc. | Home, 10 Mar 2006 [cached]
Dr. Kamal Golabi, president and chief scientist of Optima, is named a Franz Edelman Laureate and recipient of the Edelman Medal...
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