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Mansour Rahimi

Mansour Rahimi
Associate Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Phone: (213) 740-4016
Fax: (213) 740-1120
Email: mrahimi@usc.edu


B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University in 1977 and 1978. Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with specialization in Human Factors Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1982.

Research Interests

Engineering Sustainable Systems

  • Environmental impacts of transportation, construction and waste/by-product distribution
  • Life-cycle assessment for alternative energy
  • Industrial Ecology, Design for Environment
  • Eco-industrial development
  • Inland ports to reduce congestion and air pollution

Kim, J., Rahimi, M., Newell, J. (2011). Life-cycle emissions from port electrification: a case study of cargo handling tractors at the Port of Los Angeles. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. (accepted)

Rahimi, M., Arhami, M., Khoshnevis, B. (2009). Crafting Technologies. Times Journal of Construction and Design, April, pages 30-34.

Madachy, R., Haas, B., Bradbury, H., Newell, J., Rahimi, M., Vos, R., and Wolch, J. (2008). Achieving sustainable development in Southern California: collaborative learning through system dynamics modeling. 18th Annual Symposium of International Council of Systems Engineering, Netherlands, June 18.

Rahimi, M., Asef-Vaziri, A., and Harrison, R. (2008). An inland port location-allocation model for a regional intermodal goods movement system. Journal of Maritime Economics and Logistics. Vol 10, No. 4, 362-379.

Asef-Vaziri, A., Khoshnevis, B., and Rahimi, M. (2008). Design and analysis of an automated container handling system in seaports. J. Agile Systems and Management, 10(4), 362-379. [2009 Best Paper Award, College of Business and Economics, California State University Northridge].

Pourmohammadi, H., Rahimi, M. and Dessouky, M. (2008). A reverse logistics model for the distribution of waste/by-products: A joint optimization of operation and environmental costs. Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal. Vol. 9(1)

Engineering Human-System Integration

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics
  • Design for special populations
  • Haptics
Placencia, G., Rahimi, M., Khoshnevis, B. (2011). Effects of distance and direction on tangential tactile perception: a haptic experimentation on a finger pad. Robotica. (accepted)

Placencia, G., Rahimi, M., Khoshnevis, B. (2011). A heuristic to capture multi-directional lateral tactile perception. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. (In print)

Asef-Vaziri, A., Behnejad, A., Middleton, D. Rahimi, M. (2011). A study of truck collision with Focus on California SR-60. California Journal of Operations Management, 9(1), 71-85.

Placencia, G., Rahimi, M. and Khoshnevis, B. (2009). Sensing directionality in tangential haptic stimulation. Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, HCII 2009, Vol. 17, pp. 253-261, New York: Springer-Verlag.

Rahimi, M. and Vaughn-Cook, M. (2007). Information architecture for an Alzheimer’s communication and monitoring system. Gerontechnology, 6 (1), 42-55.

Meshkati, N., Rahimi, M., and Driver, M. (2006). Investigating the role of driver decision styles in highway-crossing accidents. Accident Reconstruction Journal, May-June, 51-57.

Recent Projects and Student Activities
  • Faculty Advisor to the USC chapter of Engineers Without Borders under the topic of sustainable infrastructure in developing countries. There are several projects related to water distribution and purification in two remote villages in Honduras. We have published the preliminary results in:
    • Rahimi, M. and John, A. (2008). Key Experiences in Developing a Sustainable Water Distribution and Filtration Project in Rural Honduras: A New Paradigm in “Service Learning”. 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Pittsburgh, PA, June 22
  •  A new graduate level course:
    • ISE 576 Industrial Ecology: Technology-Environment Interaction, offered in the new MS in Green Technologies and other degree programs such as MSISE, MSEMT, MSPDE, MSSAE, MSME, and MSORE
  • Member of International Society for Industrial Ecology, Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, Institute of Industrial Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education
  • Other courses: Work-Technology-Organization, Human-Computer Interaction Design, Human Factors Engineering.
  • Teacher of the Year Award from the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2004