Salal Humair

Research Scientist

Department of Global Health and Population


Ph.D., Operations Research, MIT, 2001
M.S., Operations Research, MIT, 1994
M.S., Civil Engineering, MIT, 1994
B.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan, 1991


Salal Humair is a Research Scientist at the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health. Previously, he has served as an Associate Professor and as Associate Dean at the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) established in 2008 at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan; and as a Principal Software Engineer at Optiant Inc., a startup company that focused on supply chain optimization software. He obtained his doctorate in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001, and transitioned from industry to academia in 2007, first helping launch LUMS SSE (2007-2009), and then pursuing global health research at the Harvard School of Public Health (2009-). His current work spans a range of public health policy questions such as: investigating the cost-effectiveness of different HIV interventions and optimal allocation of resources among them; investigating the mechanisms through which new technology drives healthcare costs inflation; and modeling the macro-economic benefits of family planning programs. He also continues to work in traditional operations areas such as supply chain optimization theory and practice. His CV can be seen here.