Heidi Taboada Jimenez

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Heidi A Taboada Jimenez
Associate Professor, Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering (IMSE) - Computational Science

Dr. Heidi A. Taboada serves as the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies at The University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Taboada is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering. She holds MS and Ph.D degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research interests intersect broad areas of applied operations research, systems analysis and optimization, resiliency and sustainability, metaheuristic optimization and artificial intelligence algorithms development. Her research contributions involve the development of multiple objective optimization models, reliability models, evolutionary game theory algorithms for security applications, and agricultural systems optimization models. She has been the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for over $11 million in successful grants from agencies such as the United States Department of Education, United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, and industry. As an active researcher, but also as a passionate educator, Dr. Taboada is also interested in research related to increase the participation of minorities and women in engineering. Dr. Taboada has published over 50 refereed manuscripts in technical journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. Her work has been published in IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, IISE Transactions, and Quality Technology and Quantitative Management, among others.


  1. Applied Operations Research
  2. Multiple Objective Optimization and Decision Making
  3. Sustainable Engineering
  4. Life Cycle Assessment
  5. Biologically-Inspired Computation / Metaheuristics/ Artificial Intelligence
  6. Systems Analysis and Optimization
  7. Optimization Models for National Defense and Border Security