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Orfalea College of Business

Ahmed Deif

Ahmed Deif

Office 03-339
Phone 805-756-1213

Associate Professor of Industrial Technology

Ahmed Deif

Dr. Ahmed Deif is an Associate Professor of Operation and Supply Chain Management. Before joining Cal Poly, Dr. Deif was an assistant professor and the program director of the industrial and service engineering department at Nile University in Egypt from 2010-2013. Dr. Deif was also an assistant professor at the industrial systems engineering dept., at University of Regina in Canada from 2008-2010 where he still serves as an adjunct professor. He is also currently an adjunct associate professor at the Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Windsor in Canada where he served as a visiting scholar from 2013-2014.

His current research interests are in innovation in supply chain management, optimal manufacturing and service planning and control, lean and green manufacturing/service systems and dynamic analysis of manufacturing systems. In addition, Dr. Deif conducts funded research on the impact of “lean gamification” in STEM education. He has more than 65 publications in books, international journals and refereed conferences some of which have won best paper awards.

Dr. Deif has a diverse portfolio in his industrial experience ranging from automotive industry where he worked at the R&D center at Chrysler Canada to steel industry to electronic industry and finally assembly industry at various engineering and consultancy capacities. As a lean and six sigma certified expert, Dr. Deif helped various industries in improving their production performance and conducted various lean and six sigma trainings in US, Canada and the Middle East over the last 20 years. He also served as a consultant for the government in different vocational training and education task forces.

Dr. Deif is a senior member of SME and member of IIE, APICS, ATMAE and IEOM organizations. He served on the scientific committee of several international conferences as well as a reviewer for many international manufacturing journals including Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Cleaner Production, Intl. Journal of Production Research and Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

Dr. Deif is a fellow faculty of the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Cal Poly as well as an active member of central coast lean (CCL) center at Orfalea College of Business. He has taught in different international programs all over the world including Semester at Sea (SAS), USAC as well as Cal Poly Global Programs.


  • BS Mechanical Engineering (1999)
    American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • M.A.Sc. Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering (2003)
    University of Windsor, ON, Canada
  • Ph.D. Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering (2006)
    University of Windsor, ON, Canada


  • Assistant/Adjunct Professor:
    -University of Windsor, Canada
    -Nile University, Egypt
    -University of Regina, Canada
  • Lean Six Sigma Consultant:
    -Automotive industry
    -Steel Industry
    -Electronic industry
    -Health sector
  • Startups Operation and Supply Chain Consultant

Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Cal Poly

  • Government consultant for technical vocational and educational training.
  • Central Coast Lean
    Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly
  • Industrial Senior Engineer:
    -Chrysler Canada (R&D)
    -BEI Electronics


– Innovation in supply chain management

– Optimal manufacturing/service systems
– Lean Six Sigma modelling and analysis

– Green manufacturing assessment
– Assessment of “lean gamification” on STEM education


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