Dr. Zakaria Yahia received the B.Eng. degree with honors in Industrial Engineering from Fayoum University, Faculty of Engineering at Fayoum, Egypt, in 2006. Then he received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Cairo University, Giza, Egypt, in 2012 and Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), Alexandria, Egypt, in 2015, respectively. As a visiting Ph.D. student, he spent one academic year (2014) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TITECH), Tokyo, Japan. From 2017 to 2020, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Quality and Operations Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Currently, Dr. Zakaria is a full-time Associate Professor at the School of Business Administration, Operation Management and Supply Chains (OPMG) Program, Nile University, Egypt. He is a full-time Associate Professor (On-leave) at the Mechanical Engineering Department at Fayoum University. He is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) and October University for Modern Sciences and Arts (MSA). From 2015 to 2020, he was a full-time Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Fayoum University, Fayoum, Egypt.
Dr. Yahia is a Co-PI of one research project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) about using computer simulation and optimization approaches to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 outbreaks. He has authored/co-authored around 30 papers distributed between high-impact journals, conferences, and book chapters. His research interests include the areas of Applied Operations Research, Optimization, DEMO-based Enterprise Ontology, Modelling and Simulation of different research problems and applications such as Production Scheduling, Healthcare Management, Nurse Rostering, Surgery Rooms Scheduling and Management, Supply Chain Management, Smart Grid Management, Smart Load Scheduling. Dr. Zakaria worked on many process excellence projects and has a strong background in Systems Management and Improvement.