Houra Mahmoudzadeh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. She also holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology. Before starting her Ph.D., Houra worked as the head of the Industrial Engineering department at a pharmaceutical manufacturing company as well as a Lecturer in Industrial Engineering.

Houra’s research mainly focuses on the methodology and applications of large-scale robust optimization and data-driven inverse optimization, with a special interest in healthcare. Her work has been published in INFORMS Journal on Optimization, INFORMS Journal on Computing, and Medical Physics, and has been funded through the NSERC Discovery and NSERC Alliance grants. Houra served the CORS Healthcare Operational Research SIG as the communications officer for 2 years and currently serves as a Councillor on the CORS Society's Administrative Committee.