Mohammad Jalali (also known as 'MJ') is a research faculty at MIT Sloan School of Management. MJ is interested in the applications of dynamic modeling for complex sociotechnical problems, as well as simulation and model estimation methodologies. His work has been featured by various national and international media outlets, including Associated Press, Newsweek, and Business Insider. He is the recipient of the 2015 Dana Meadows Award, the 2015 WINFORMS Excellence Award, and the 2014 Lupina Young Researcher Award. MJ is a former consultant at the World Bank and a former researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy. 

In shaping his research trajectory, MJ follows three goals. First, he wants to conduct research that has an impact in the real world. Second, he focuses his simulation modeling work on mechanisms that connect human decision making to technological and economic systems, because that is where many important policy-resistant problems lie. Finally, he wants his research to rigorously connect mechanism-based models with big data. To achieve these goals, he builds bridges across methodological and application domains.

MJ is a member of The MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation (HSI), works with the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (IC)3, and the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE). He also collaborates with the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) and is affiliated with the MIT System Dynamics Group. MJ received his PhD and MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. 

NewCheck out our recent paper (result of ~5 yrs research...) here!

Current project sponsors:

  • Philips Healthcare
  • Philips Lighting
  • The U.S. Department of Energy 
  • USP Lab (Japan)

Previous Project sponsors:

  • The National Institutes of Health
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance


  • Jessica Kaiser, MIT Sloan
  • Sarah Liu, Alexandra Rodriguez, and Isabelle Chong, MIT CSAIL
  • Sabina Razak and Shmyle Ghumman, Boston University
  • Abby Guitar, Karen Lew, and Alice Pan, Wellesley College
  • Zhen Fang, visiting from Singhua University, China
  • Zahra Mokhtari, visiting from Oregon State University


Available research positions:

  • MIT UROP Position, 2018, Real-time Cyber Analysis to Improve Response to a Cyber Attack in Energy Delivery Systems. More information
  • MIT UROP Position, 2018, Human aspects of cybersecurity--several positions. More information