Mahdi M. Najafabadi

Government Information Strategy and Management, Information Technology Management and Sociotechnical Systems, and Computer Modeling and Simulation for Problem Solving (Decision support systems)

The World Within Reach
Mahdi Mirdamadi Najafabadi

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department: Information Science

Ph.D. Candidate




Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany – SUNY, New York

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Public Policy and Planning - May 2016
Focus: Information Policy Analysis and Systems Thinking Social Analysis

Master of Public Administration (MPA) - May 2014
Concentration: Information Strategy and Management

Award: Trophies for best results & presentation for utilizing the ReThink Health simulator and best team activity morale, “Mahdi’s Models” team – Rockefeller College’s MPA capstone project - April 2013

Graduate School of Management and Economics (GSME), Sharif University, Tehran
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Feb. 2007
Concentration: Business Management

Electrical and Computer Eng. Dept., School of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Software, - Feb. 2004

Research Interests

  • Government Information Strategy and Management
    • Policy informatics and data analytics
    • Leveraging information utilization to better address digital divide
    • Tradeoffs between information utilization and security/privacy issues
  • Information Technology Management and Sociotechnical Systems
  • Computer Modeling and Simulation for Problem Solving (Decision support systems)

Additional Information


Primary Authorship

Najafabadi, M. M., Bahaddin, B., Feyzi Behnagh, R., Luna-Reyes, L. F., Andersen, D. F., MacDonald, R., … Rich, E. (2015). A Learning Science Protocol for Evaluation of a Sustainability-based Learning Environment. Presented at the 33rd International System Dynamics Conference, Cambridge, MA.

Najafabadi, M. M., Bahaddin, B., Deegan, M. A., Feyzi Behnagh, R., Luna-Reyes, L. F., Rich, E. H., & Andersen, D. F. (2015). Empowering Sustainable Decision Making: CoastalProtectSim in Action. Presented at the 16th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, Phoenix, AZ.

Najafabadi, Mahdi M., Sutherland, M., Cook, M., & Werthmuller, D. (2013). Revitalizing the capital district leveraging a regional code enforcement repository (p. 275). ACM Press.


Sayogo, D. S., Najafabadi, M. M., Tayi, G. K., & Pardo, T. A. (2016). Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security Challenges for Interoperable Data Platforms in Supply Chains. In H. Jarman & L. F. Luna-Reyes (Eds.), Private Data and Public Value (pp. 109–128). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Retrieved from

Tao, M., Najafabadi, M. M., Augustine, W. A., Bahaddin, B., Cronemberger, F., Hull, K. A., … Andersen, D. F. (2015). A Multi-Method Approach to Advanced Data Analytics: Diabetes Geodynamic Information System. Presented at the 33rd International System Dynamics Conference, Cambridge, MA.

Rich, E., Andersen, D., Augustine, W., Cronemberger, F., Hull, K., Luna-Reyes, L., … XU, J. (2015). An experimental platform for interpreting open-source health data though integration with dynamic disease models and geo-plots. Presented at the 17th International Conference on E-health Networking, Applications & Services.

Rich, E., Andersen, D. F., Feyzi Behnagh, R., Luna-Reyes, L., Najafabadi, Mahdi M., & Bahaddin, B. (2015). Capacity building for stakeholders and public managers to develop resilient communities and manage sustainability policy, using modeling and simulation.


infoDev (Program). (2005). Information technology security handbook (راهنمای امنیت فناوری اطلاعات ). (M. Najafabadi, Z. Shojaee, & M. J. Samadi Rad, Trans.). Tehran, Iran: Supreme Council of Information and Communication Management (SCICT). Available at: Iranian SCICT Portal


“Possibilities in the Big Data Age”; New York State Information Technology Service (NYS ITS), CIOs Meeting (May 2014)

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