Muhammad Noor E Alam

Associate Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


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Research Focus

Applied operations research, healthcare, supply chain, large scale optimization, and big data analytics


Muhammad Noor E Alam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Director of the Decision Analytics Lab at Northeastern University. Dr. Alam also holds a faculty associate position at the Centre for Health Policy and Healthcare Research and an affiliated faculty position at both the Global Resilience Institute, and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Prior joining to Northeastern, Dr. Alam was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has completed his PhD in Engineering Management in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta (UofA), and received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Industrial and Production Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET). Before coming to UoA, Dr. Alam served as a faculty member in the Department of Industrial and Production Engineering at BUET. Dr. Alam is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2021). He served as a board of directors for the Logistics and Supply Chain division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) from the year 2018 to 2020.


  • PhD (2013), Engineering Management, University of Alberta, Canada
  • MS (2006), Industrial & Production Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology
  • BS (2004), Industrial & Production Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology

Honors & Awards

  • 2021 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 1st Place Winners: 2019 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference, Denver, CO, USA
  • Analytics Best Track Paper Award, 2016 IEOM Detroit Conference
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2013-2015
  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, 2009-2011

Teaching Interests

  • Operations Research
  • Large Scale Optimization
  • Data Analytics
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Total Quality Management
  • Project Management
  • Financial Management

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS).
  • Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE).

Research Overview

Applied operations research, healthcare, supply chain, large scale optimization, and big data analytics

Decision Analytics Lab

The Decision Analytics Lab develops matching models and algorithms to make robust causal inference decisions from large-scale observational studies. Ensuring robustness in causal inference alone produces a computationally intensive optimization problem. With the usage of big data, such an optimization problem becomes even more difficult to solve. We design scalable computational approaches that can handle large scale optimization problems emerging in robust causal inference, and help make policy decisions in Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Service industries by leveraging the power of big data.

Decision Analytics Lab

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications


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Jan 24, 2024

Using AI/OR Collaboration To Tackle Opioid Epidemic

MIE Associate Professor Muhammad Noor E Alam’s Challenge Problem “AI/OR to Address Opioid Epidemic Crisis”, has been selected for inclusion in the 3rd Computing Community Consortium AI/OR workshop.

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Oct 12, 2023

PhD Spotlight: Razan Al Lawati, PhD’23, Industrial Engineering

Razan Al Lawati, PhD’23, industrial engineering, conducted research focusing on using stochastic optimization in various ways to develop decision-making tools for systems that deal with uncertainty. She developed a novel framework and her entrepreneurial drive led her to found a solar consulting firm in Oman. Her research contributions were published in the Journal of Applied Energy.


Aug 07, 2023

Young Scholars Program for Local High School Students Finishes Strong

High school seniors engage in diverse engineering research during Northeastern’s Young Scholars Program, mentored by COE faculty and students.

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Oct 14, 2022

PhD Spotlight: Md Mahmudul Hasan, PhD’22 – Industrial Engineering

As a PhD student of the Decision Analytics Lab advised by Md Noor E Alam, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, Md Mahmudul Hasan, PhD’22 industrial engineering, conducted data-driven research to address complex challenges in public health, contributing to healthcare decision-making, policy, and management. From a methodological standpoint, he leveraged management and data science […]

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May 27, 2021

Alam Receives NSF CAREER Award for Causal Inference in Large-Scale Studies

MIE Assistant Professor Md. Noor E Alam received a $500K NSF CAREER Award for developing “Robust Matching Algorithms for Causal Inference in Large Observational Studies.”

abstract photo of women doctor pointing to tablet with medical imagery around it


May 11, 2021

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Human beings are some of the most complex systems in the world, and responses to illness, disease, and impairments manifest in countless different ways. When it comes to making sure that your system stays up and running, healthcare professionals typically have their own deep well of knowledge—but the addition of artificial intelligence tools offers unprecedented […]

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Nov 12, 2019

Noor-E-Alam’s Collaborative Work Won 1st Place at APPAM

MIE Assistant Professor Md. Noor-E-Alam’s collaborative work “A Community Health Center Buyback Program to Reduce the Supply of Opioids to Secondary Users” with CSSH Associate Professor Alicia Modestino and D’Amore-McKim Professor Gary Young won 1st place for poster presentation at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference.


Jun 10, 2019

Stopping Opioid Addiction Before It Starts

MIE Assistant Professor Muhammad Noor E. Alam is working with DMSB/Bouve Professor Gary Young, Bouve Clinical Assistant Professor Alyssa Peckham, and CSSH Associate Professor Alicia Modestino to determine methods of reducing the number of opioid addictions in the country before they even start.


May 21, 2018

2018 GRI Seed Grant Awardees

Congratulations to the four COE teams out of eight total receiving 2018 Seed Grant funding from the Global Resilience Institute (GRI). The resilience project topics range from coastal flooding prediction to combating opioid addiction. This year’s pool of proposals was particularly robust, with submissions demonstrating both strengths in their interdisciplinary approaches and in their promise […]


Mar 23, 2017

FY18 TIER 1 Award Recipients

21 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY18 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing $600K dollars of investment in research.

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