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Employment History

President and Chief Scientist
The Optima Corporation

Principal
The Optima Corporation

Affiliations

Founder
The Optima Corporation

Education

Masters of Science degree
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
University of California , Berkeley

Ph.D.
Management Science/Operations Research
University of California , Los Angeles

Web References (11 Total References)


Optima Inc. | Home

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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.

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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.
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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. | Operations Research and Optima

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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

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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

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Dr. Kamal Golabi, president and chief scientist of Optima, is named a Franz Edelman Laureate and recipient of the Edelman Medal...


Optima, Operations Research & Management Science

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All of Optima's systems managed by Optima's principle, 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.

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