Research Group

Ph.D. Students

Maya Bam

  • Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan
  • Email: mbam@umich.edu
  • Office location: IOE 2828
  • Research Interests: Optimization, Fast Approximation Methods, Decision Making Under Uncertainty, Scheduling, Logistics
  • About me: “I am a Ph.D. student in Industrial and Operations Engineering. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, I earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. I am interested in applying my engineering skills to improve processes that affect people’s lives. My current research in healthcare logistics is based on collaborations with local hospitals. I am working on developing methods to improve surgery planning and scheduling, to enable hospitals to efficiently handle surgical demand through improved resource allocation.”
  • Personal Website: www.umich.edu/~mbam

 

Christine Barnett

  • Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan
  • Email: clbarnet@umich.edu
  • Office location: IOE 2815
  • Research Interests: Stochastic Dynamic Programming, Medical Decision Making, Prostate Cancer Screening
  • About me: “I am a Ph.D. student in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. I earned a B.S. and an M.Eng. in Operations Research Engineering at Cornell University. I am interested in healthcare applications in operations research. My research is focused on investigating the health and economic implications of biomarker tests, which physicians use for the early detection and monitoring of many different types of cancer. The particular focus of my research will be the development of optimal screening and active surveillance strategies for prostate cancer.
  • Personal Website: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/christine-barnett

 

Selin Merdan

  • Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan
  • Email: smerdan@umich.edu
  • Office location: IOE 2815
  • Research Interests: Machine Learning and Optimization in Medical Decision Making
  • About me: “I am a Ph.D. in student in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, I earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. I am interested in the interdisciplinary research in the areas of machine learning and optimization for developing computational methods to help organize, process and transform data into actionable knowledge in clinical settings such as detection and screening of chronic diseases.

 

Lauren Steimle

  • Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan
  • Email: steimle@umich.edu
  • Office location: IOE 2815
  • Research Interests: Optimization under Uncertainty, Stochastic Dynamic Programming, Robust Dynamic Programming, Medical Decision Making, Healthcare Applications
  • About me: “I am a Ph.D. student in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Ann Arbor, I earned a B.S. in Systems Science and Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. I am interested in optimal decision making under uncertainty, especially as it applies to healthcare. Currently, I am creating stochastic dynamic programming models that can be used for Type 2 diabetes treatment planning.
  • Personal Website: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/lauren-steimle/home

 

Zheng Zhang

  • Ph.D. Student, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Email: zhazheng@umich.edu
  • Office location: IOE 2812
  • Research Interests: Optimization under Uncertainty, Stochastic Dynamic Programming, Robust Dynamic Programming, Medical Decision Making, Healthcare Applications
  • About me: “I am a visiting Ph.D. student in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. I earned a B.Eng. in Industrial Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2010. I am interested in stochastic programming applied to healthcare engineering. My research focuses on chance constrained operating room allocation, dynamic surgery assignment and surgery appointment scheduling of multiple operating rooms.
  • Personal Website: https://sites.google.com/site/zhengrzhang

 

Daniel Underwood

Daniel Underwood (resized)

  • Ph.D. Student, North Carolina State University
  • Email: daniel.underwood@ncsu.edu
  • Office phone: (919) 515-2362
  • Office location: Daniels 373
  • Homepage: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~djunderw/
  • Research Interests: Simulation and HPC, Prostate Cancer Screening Optimization
  • About me: “I am a PhD student in Industrial Engineering, with an emphasis on systems analysis and optimization. My research interests primarily relate to healthcare engineering, but I’m also generally interested in the application of high-performance computing to stochastic optimization problems. My most recent research involves using meta-heuristic algorithms to examine Prostate Specific Antigen screening policies for the early detection of Prostate Cancer.” (Resume)

 


Past Students

Name: Yuanhui Zhang
Degree: PhD
Year: 2014
Thesis Title: Robust Optimal Control for Medical Treatment Decisions
Position: Research Fellow, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Name: Alex Gose
Degree: PhD
Year: 2013
Thesis Title: Sequential Bounding Methods for Stochastic Programming Models
of Production Planning
Position: Consultant

Name: Bjorn Berg
Degree: PhD
Year: 2012
Thesis Title: Optimal Planning and Scheduling of Outpatient Procedure Centers
Position: Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Name: David Chermak
Degree: MS
Year: 2012
Position: Analyst, Duke University Medical Center

Name: Jennifer Mason
Degree: PhD
Year: 2012
Thesis Title: Markov Decision Processes and Approximate Dynamic Programming Methods for Optimal Treatment Design
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Virginia Medical School

Name: Christy Minor
Degree: MSc
Year: 2012
Thesis Title: Stochastic Programming Models for Appointment Scheduling that Compensate for Variation in Server Behavior
Position: Analyst, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Name: Jonathan Woodall
Degree: MSc
Year: 2011
Thesis: Models for Optimizing Resource Allocation in a Cancer Center
Position: Analyst, Duke University Medical Center

Name: Jingyu Zhang
Degree: PhD
Year: 2011
Thesis Title: Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes for Prostate Cancer Screening
Position: Research Staff Member, Phillips Research

Name: Yuan Zhang
Degree: PhD
Year: 2011
Thesis Title: A Partially Observable Markov Decision for Optimal Design of Surveillance Policies for Bladder Cancer
Position: Bank of America

Name: Ayca Erdogan
Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: Optimization of Appointment Based Scheduling Systems
Position: Assistant Professor, San Jose State University

Name: Serhat Gul
Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: Optimal Design of Surgery Delivery Systems
Position: Assistant Professor, Ozyegin University, Turkey

Name: Lindsay Moomaw
Degree: MSc
Year: 2010
Thesis: Stochastic Modeling for Optimal Batch Scheduling of Prophylactic Dispensing Centers
Position: Analyst, Progressive Insurance