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Anahita Khojandi, PhD

Heath Endowed Faculty Fellow in Business & Engineering and Associate Professor


Anahita Khojandi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the director for the Reliability and Maintainability Engineering program at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include decision making under uncertainty and partial information, machine learning, and reinforcement learning, with applications in healthcare, environmental engineering and sustainability, intelligent transportation systems, manufacturing, and maintenance optimization.

Dr. Khojandi’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Energy (DOE), among others. She has served as the President of INFORMS Junior Faculty Interest Group and the Chair of INFORMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is a member of INFORMS, IISE, IEEE, and SMDM.

    • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2014-2020
    • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2020-present

Courses Taught

Engineering Statistics

Introduction to Reliability Engineering

Stochastic Processes

Advanced Topics: Decision Making

Applied Data Science



  • Markov decision processes
  • Dynamic programming
  • Predictive analytics
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Time series analysis
  • Anomaly detection
  • Applied probability and statistics


  • Medical decision making
  • Environmental engineering and sustainability
  • Civil infrastructure planning
  • Intelligent transportation system
  • Maintenance optimization
  • Advanced manufacturing


  • PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • MS, Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran)


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