Dr. Yasel Costa

Dr. Yasel Costa

Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza Program and Director of the PhD Program

Dr. Yasel Costa, is an Industrial Engineer from the Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, Cuba. He received the Doctor –Ingenieur degree in the prestigious German institution Otto -von-Guericke University.

His research interests cover several topics of Applied Mathematics in decision making: mathematical programming and approximate algorithms for hard combinatorial problems, bio-inspired algorithms, and supply chain optimization, among others.

Some important publications can be found in his CV, including papers in well-known journals like Journal of Cleaner Production, Expert system with Application and Transportation Research Part E.

Prof. Costa belongs to the referee staff of many distinguished international journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, Expert System with Application, Computer and Industrial Engineering and Decision Science.

He is currently the Director of the PhD Program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at ZLC and Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program of Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC).

Research Areas

Sustainable Networks

In order to provide an appropriate service level to customers while keeping operational costs as low as possible, companies have to design smart replenishment systems.

Healthcare Operations

Healthcare operations management research is focused on demand management and pharmaceutical supply chain network optimization.


Addressing a robust decision in the sugarcane supply chain: Introduction of a new agricultural investment project in Colombia

Carvajal, J., Sarache, W., Costa, Y. Addressing a robust decision in the sugarcane supply chain: Introduction of a new agricultural investment project in Colombia. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, Vol. 157, February 2019, pp. 77-89.

Chávez, M. M. M., Sarache, W., Costa, Y. Towards a comprehensive model of a biofuel supply chain optimization from coffee crop residues. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Volume 116 (8), 2018, pp. 136-162.

Pfoser, S., Schauer, O., Costa, Y. Acceptance of LNG as an alternative fuel: Determinants and policy implications. Energy Policy, Volume 120 (9), 2018, pp. 259-267.

Costa, Y., Duarte, A., Sarache, W. A decisional simulation-optimization framework for sustainable facility location of a biodiesel plant in Colombia. Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 167(11), 2017, pp. 174-191.

Costa-Salas, Y., Sarache, W., Überwimmer, M. Fleet size optimization in the discarded tire collection process. Research in Transportation Business & Management, Volume 24(9), 2017, pp. 81-89.

Duarte, A., Sarache, W., Costa, Y. Biofuel supply chain design from Coffee Cut Stem under environmental analysis. Energy, Volume 100(4), 2016, pp. 321-331.

Salas, Y. J. C., Pérez, C. A. M., Bello, R., Oliveira, A. C., Chaves, A. A., Lorena, L. A. Clustering search and variable mesh algorithms for continuous optimization. Expert Systems with Applications, Volume 42(2), 2015, pp. 789-795.

Duarte, A. E., Sarache, W. A., Costa, Y. J. A facility-location model for biofuel plants: Applications in the Colombian context. Energy, Volume 72(8), 2014, pp. 476-483.

Grants & Awards

Best Young Researcher. Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas. Cuba, 2007.
DAAD Scholarship (PhD). Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg-Germany, 2009.
Honorary Professor. National University of Colombia, Colombia, 2018.