Faculty & Staff

Noushin Ashrafi, PhD

Professor of Management Information Systems


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Areas of Expertise

Object Oriented System Analysis and Design, Business Analytics, Health Informatics, Privacy and Security in digital age.


PhD, University of Texas
MBA, University of Texas

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Noushin Ashrafi is a full professor of information systems in the College of Management at UMass Boston and will be visiting Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria as a Fulbright Scholar Exchange in Spring 2015. Dr. Ashrafi will teach and conduct research on the topic of ‘Privacy Paradox: Conflicting values in the age of Big Data.’ This is her second participation in Fulbright Scholar Exchange; she spent Spring 2011 semester in Athens, Greece working on ‘privacy issues in healthcare’ with colleagues at Piraeus University. She is also the recipient of Fulbright Specialist award that permits her to spend a maximum of 6 weeks in a country where her expertise in Big Data and Privacy are sought by a host institution. She is currently in the process of negotiating time and duration of visits to Portugal, Brazil, and France to do similar work.


Three times Winner of Fulbright grant, ashrafi has collaborated with universities abroad extensively.
Two times winner of IBM Academic Initiative and Analytics Talent Initiative works closely with IT industry nation-wide. She was the chair of the Executive Committee of Faculty Council at UMass Boston for six consecutive years. She has conducted workshops and seminars on various IT- related topics in Europe, Russia, Mexico, and China. She is ISO9000 certified.

Courses Taught

Production/Operations Management, Management Science Models, Managerial Statistics, Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, MBA Mathematics, IS Project Management, System Analysis and Design. Enterprise Business Intelligence, Healthcare Informatics.

Research Interests

Application of Operations Research and Management Science tools to Measuring, Controlling, and Predicting Reliability of Conventional Software, Expert Systems Extension of software reliability studies to the problem of quality in Software development, Software Process Improvement, Business Agility, Security and Privacy issues in e-Business, Business Intelligence, Healthcare Informatics.

Professional Activities

Review of numerous books, articles, and software applications.
Member of numerous seminars, workshops, and tutorials in areas such as VMWare, Hadoop, Map Reduce, SAS, Cognos, Tableau, SPSS.