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Taraneh Sowlati


Forest Sciences Centre 2931
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

work phone: 604-822-6109

Areas of research include:

  • Biomass supply chain management
  • Mathematical modeling and optimization
  • Multi-criteria decision making
  • Simulation
  • Life cycle assessment


Coordinated and synchronized operational level planning of forest-based biomass supply chains Current
April, 2019 – March, 2023


Model based optimization of operational level harvest planning and integration with tactical level planning Current
September, 2019 – August, 2023

Mitacs and Western Forest Products

Breakthrough technologies to increase Canadian renewable natural gas production from forest residues Current
December, 2019 – March, 2022

NRCan Clean Growth

Eco-design and life cycle engineering Completed
January, 2019 – June, 2019

PWI and Embassy of France in Canada

Evaluation of wood waste recovery strategies using multi-criteria decision making Completed
June, 2018 – December, 2018

NSERC-Engage (City of Vancouver)

Analysis and optimization of biomass logistics Completed
June, 2017 – December, 2017

NSERC-Engage (Nexterra)

Operational level transportation, inventory and processing optimization of forest biomass supply chain Completed
March, 2016 – September, 2016

NSERC-Engage (Cloverdale Fuel)

Use of Simulation modeling to analyze the effect of staff changes Completed
January, 2015 – July, 2015

Mitacs and Weyerhaeuser

Process flow improvement at a Parallam mill using simulation modeling Completed
July, 2015 – December, 2015

Mitacs and Weyerhaeuser

Integrated and sustainable forest biomass supply chain planning Completed
April, 2014 – March, 2019


Analysis of forest biomass supply chains Completed
2013 – 2014

NSERC-Strategic Network on Value Chain Optimization (Transfer Project)

Economic, social and environmental optimization of forest biomass value chain Completed
2013 – 2015

NSERC-Strategic Network on Value Chain Optimization

Value chain optimization at Capital Power Completed
2011 – 2012

Capital Power

Utilization of C&D waste to produce biofuelsCompletedMay, 2018 – December, 2018

City of Vancouver

Evaluating potential partnerships in forest products value chains Completed
2011 – 2015

NSERC-Strategic Network on Value Chain Optimization

Information technology investments in wood industry Completed
2010 – 2012

Centre for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship

Feasibility study of wood pellet production in BC Completed
2009 – 2010

Korea Wood Pellet Corporation

Optimization of forest biomass supply chain – incorporating uncertainties Completed
April, 2009 – March, 2014


Assessment of an integrated forest biomass supply and logistics model Completed
2007 – 2008

Canadian Bureau for International Education

Assessment of information technology investments using multi-criteria decision making Completed
2007 – 2008

Centre for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship

Modeling of off-gassing for wood pellets Completed
2006 – 2010


Job costing system in a wood manufacturing company Completed
2005 – 2006

Raywal Cabinets

Life Cycle Analysis of windows for North American residential market Completed
2004 – 2007

NRCan-Value to Wood

Efficiency measurement and improvement in the Canadian wood industry Completed
April, 2004 – March, 2009


International Smart-fm Completed
2003 – 2003



Canadian Operational Research Society Service Award 2012
UBC Killam Teaching Prize 2011-12, Faculty of Forestry Nominee: Runner up 2011
Award for outstanding application of Operational Research – Second prize – Canadian Operational Research Society 2006

Selected Publications

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