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Rafay Ishfaq

Rafay  Ishfaq

Associate Professor and HCoB Research Fellow

position: Supply Chain Management
dept: Department of Systems and Technology
phone: (334) 844-6690
office: 434 Lowder Hall

At Auburn since 2012


  • Ph.D., University of Alabama
  • M.S., Texas A&M University
  • B.S., U.E.T., Pakistan

Professional Activities

Dr. Ishfaq's research is focused on exploring the interplay between operational, financial, and service issues in distribution logistics and retail supply chain management. Combining analytical models and field studies, his research addresses issues related to the strategic planning of logistics operations and the efficient use of resources within supply chain networks. One of his key research areas is order fulfillment and delivery services in omni-channel supply chains. Dr. Ishfaq's research has also addressed operational and logistical issues in other disciplinary areas of Healthcare, Energy, and Information Systems.

The findings of his research studies have been published in scholarly journals including Decision Sciences, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, International Journal of Logistics Management, Omega, Supply Chain Quarterly, Transportation Research (E)Journal of Operational Research Society, International Journal of Logistics Research, Journal of Transportation Research ForumComputers & Operations Research, and Information Resource Management Journal. Dr. Ishfaq's research was recognized by the Association of European Operational Research Societies with the "Best EJOR Research Paper" Award. His research has also appeared in Science Direct's "Top-25 Hottest Articles" list in multiple years. 

Dr. Ishfaq has received "Outstanding Researcher" Award, "Recognition in Research" Award, and "Outstanding Teaching" Award from Auburn University Harbert College of Business. In 2015, he was awarded HCoB Advisory Council Endowed Research Fellowship in Supply Chain Management. His research studies are covered by electronic and print media: NBC-38, WTVM9-ABC, YouTube, DCVelocity, RetailWire, Beyond Auburn, and Harbert Magazine.  

Dr. Ishfaq has been teaching full-time for over ten years in undergraduate and MBA programs. Prior to his academic career, he worked in industry for close to a decade, holding management positions in Production Operations and Supply Management. He is member of professional organizations, including Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and Decision Sciences Institute (DSI). He routinely presents his research findings in international academic conferences, industry seminars, and corporate board meetings. 

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