Seyed Iravani is the professor Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, and the professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences (courtesy) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His research focuses on the applications of stochastic processes, game theory, social networks and queueing theory to the design and control of manufacturing, service operations systems, health care, supply chains, and non-profit systems focusing on improving their flexibility, coordination, and responsiveness. He develops mathematical models that provide scientific principles to improve the performance of such systems.
Professor Iravani has worked with a wide range of companies in different industry to improve their performance, including GM, Ford, Motorola, GE, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago Food Depository, Facebook, and Roti Mediterranean Restaurants, among others. He has been the Departmental Editor for the journals Service Science, and IIE Transactions, and Associate Editor for the journals Management Science, Operations Research, Naval Research Logistics.