Mohammad Jalali (also known as 'MJ') is a research faculty at MIT Sloan School of Management. MJ is interested in simulation and model estimation methodologies, and the applications of dynamic modeling for organizational cybersecurity, complex health and social problems. He is the recipient of the 2015 Dana Meadows Award, the 2015 WINFORMS Student Excellence Award, and the 2014 Lupina Young Researcher Award. He is also 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 do 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 faculty member of The MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation (HSI), works with the MIT Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastrucutre Cybersecurity (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 GroupMJ 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:

  • The U.S. Department of Energy 
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
  • Philips (Netherlands)
  • USP Lab (Japan)


  • Sarah Liu, graduate student, MIT CSAIL
  • Zhen Fang, visiting student from Singhua University, China
  • Zahra Mokhtari, visiting PhD student from Oregon State University
  • Khizar Qureshi, undergrate student, MIT

Available research positions:

  • Several research positions at MIT-(IC)3 for 2017-2018, more info here! (most suitable for visiting scholars and professors)
  • Reserch position(s) available for 2017. More infro here! (most suitable for local graduate students)