Ghaith Rabadi, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Director

Partnership 2: 131H


Ghaith Rabadi is the Graduate Program Director and a Professor at the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training. Formerly he was a Professor of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering (EMSE) at Old Dominion University and former Vice President for Research & Development at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (2018 – 2020).  He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 1999 and 1996 respectively, and his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1992. Prior to joining the faculty at Old Dominion as an Assistant Professor in 2002, he was a post doc on NASA funded projects for one year and a Visiting Assistant professor at the Industrial Engineering Department at University of Central Florida (UCF) for another year.  He also worked as a Research Director at Productivity Apex, a modeling and simulation company based in Orlando, FL,  from 2000-2002.

He has published two books, and numerous journal and conference peer reviewed papers and book chapters. He received the NASA Faculty Fellowship where he worked at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia as a faculty fellow. He was awarded with his colleagues the NASA Software Invention Award and the NASA Board Action Invention Award. His research has been funded by NASA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Virginia Port Authority (VPA), Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, MITRE Corporation, STIHL, CACI, Sentara Hospitals and Qatar Foundation. He received the Fulbright Specialist Program award. His research and teaching interests include Planning and Scheduling, Operations Research, Simulation Modeling and Analysis, and Supply Chain Management and Logistics. He is a co-founder and is currently the Chief Editor for the International Journal of Planning and Scheduling.


  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida

  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida

  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Jordan


  • Graduate Program Director, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, UCF

  • Professor, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, UCF


Carter, M.W., Price, C.C., and Rabadi, G. (2018) “Operations Research: a Practical Introduction” 2nd edition, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Rabadi, G. (ed) (2016) Heuristics, Meta-heuristics and Approximate Methods in Planning and Scheduling, Series: International Series in Operations Research & Management Science, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

  1. Garcia, C., Rabadi, G., Abujaber, D. and Seck, M. (2023) "Supporting Humanitarian Crisis Decision Making with Reliable Intelligence Derived from Social Media Using AI" Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 20 (2), pp. 97-131.
  2. Soykan, B., and Rabadi, G. (2022). “A Simulation-Based Optimization Approach for Multi-Objective Runway Operations Scheduling”, Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 98, No. 11, pp. 961-978
  3. Khasawneh, M., Shearer, N., Rabadi, G., Bowling, S., and Jaradat, R. (2021). “Evaluating the Impact of Shared Situational Awareness on Combat Effectiveness in Symmetric Engagements”, International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 16, No. 3, 199 – 211.
  4. Tahami, H., Rabadi, G., Haouari, M. (2020) “Exact Approaches for Routing Capacitated Electric Vehicles”, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, V. 144, 102126.
  5. Rabadi, G., Msakni, M.K., Rodriguez-Velasquez, E. , Alvarez-Bermudez, W. (2019). “New Characteristics of Optimal Solutions for the Two-Machine Flowshop Problem with Unlimited Buffers, Journal of Operational Research Society (JORS), V. 70, No. 6, 962 – 973.
  6. Garcia, C., Rabadi, G., and Handy, F. (2018). “Dynamic Resource Allocation and Coordination for High-Load Crisis Volunteer Management", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, V. 8, No. 4, 533—556;
  7. Arin, A., and Rabadi, G. (2017) “Integrating Estimation of Distribution Algorithms versus Q-Learning into Meta-RaPS for Solving the 0-1 Multidimensional Knapsack Problem, V. 112, 706–720, Computers and Industrial Engineering; DOI: 10.1016/j.cie.2016.10.022
  8. Khasawneh, M., Shearer, N., Rabadi, G., Bowling, S.R. (2017) “The Information Age Combat Model: A Vision for A Discrete Event Simulation Approach”, V. 12, No. 5, 429 – 445, International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling
  9. Arnaout, J-P, Musa, R., and Rabadi, G. (2014) “A two-stage Ant Colony Optimization Algorithm to minimize the makespan on Unrelated Parallel Machines - Part II: Enhancements and Experimentations”, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, V.25, No. 1, P. 43-53, DOI:1007/s10845-012-0672-3
  10. Hancerliogullari, G., Rabadi, G., Al-Salem, A., Kharbeche, M. (2013) “Greedy Heuristics and Metaheuristics for Multiple Runway Combined Arrival-Departure Aircraft Sequencing Problem”, Journal of Air Transport Management, V. 32, 39 – 48
  11. Deller, S., Rabadi, G., Tolk, A., and Bowling S. (2012) “Organizing for Improved Effectiveness in Networked Operations”, Military Operations Research Journal (MORS), 17, No.1, p. 5-16
  12. Duwayri, Z., Mollaghasemi, M., Nazzal, D. *, and Rabadi, (2006), “Scheduling Setups Changes at Bottleneck Facilities in Semiconductor Manufacturing”, Special issue on semiconductor manufacturing in Production Planning and Control Journal,. Vol. 17, No. 7, P. 717 – 727

Large Language Models (LLM) for Creating guidelines (structure) for standardized feedback on History and Physical Exam (H&P), $10,000, Clerkship Educational Grant (AY 2023-2024) in collaboration with UCF College of Medicine (internal funding)

Language Model Utility and Limitations for Clerkship Director Summaries (LUCID), $10,000, Clerkship Educational Grant (AY 2023-2024), in collaboration with UCF College of Medicine (internal funding)

Artificial Intelligence Models for Search and Rescue in Disasters Using Autonomous Drones. Agency: Virginia Research Investment Fund (VRIF), April 1, 2022 – December, 2022, $50,000

Modeling and Simulation for NATO’s Rapid Deployment Logistics. Agency: NATO Allied Command Transformation, July 6, 2017 – December 31, 2017, $56,000

Process Modeling and Scheduling at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Agency: Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, September 2008 – June 2009, $86,520 (This contract was stopped due to shortage in funding due to 2008 financial crisis)

System-of-Systems Engineering Modeling and Analysis for the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), Agency: MITRE Corporation (funded by the Department of Homeland Security), June 2007 – September 2007, $145,000

Operation and Support Cost Assessment Research Based on an Architectural Simulation Model for Future Launch Systems”, Agency: NASA Langley Research Center, October 2003-February 2004, $35,000,

NATO Logistics User Operations Requirements Assessment. Agency: NATO’s Headquarter, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, June 30, 2016 – November 30, 2016, $44,800

Analytics via Operational and Logistical Simulation and Animation Models for Doha’s New Port”, Agency: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) of Qatar Foundation through Qatar University, January, 2015 – January, 2018, $823,033

Analytics for System-wide Infrastructure and Capacity Planning for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup”, Agency: Qatar Foundation, November, 2013 – December, 2016, $570,000

Integrated Modeling and Optimization Approaches for Airport Terminal Area Management, Funding Agency: Qatar Foundation, December, 2010 – January, 2013, $493,033

The Development of Modeling and Simulation Engineering Courses in Support of Modeling and Simulation Graduate Program, Agency: Boeing, January 2009 – December 2009, $100,000

Design of a Customized Project Management Development Program for the US Army Corps of Engineers-Norfolk District (USACE-NAO) (Phase II)”. April 2009-December 2009. Agency: Army Corps of Engineers—Norfolk District, $77,282

Security Risk Analysis of Norfolk International Terminal (NIT)”, Agency: Virginia Port Authority, October 2005 – September 2006, $110,000

The Department of Homeland Security Border System-of-Systems Engineering Analysis, Agency: Department of Homeland Security through NAVAIR, October 2004 – March 2006, $819,212

Research Interests:

Operations Research
Planning and Scheduling
Simulation Modeling and Analysis
Supply Chain Management

Areas of Expertise:

Machine Learning

Application Areas:

Social Media