Areas of Focus
The opportunities in humanitarian response and world health are vast. Constrained resources, uncertainty in demand and supply, and many other variables in these settings make quantitative analysis and mathematical modeling excellent tools for decision support.
With the goal of improving the human condition through advanced science and technology the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) established the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems. The center, led by Professors Ozlem Ergun, Pinar Keskinocak, and Julie Swann, facilitates and fosters research, education, and multi-organizational collaboration while contributing to the delivery of healthcare and the planning and execution of humanitarian operations. This is accomplished by promoting knowledge about the best network designs, response plans, interventions, or policies that ultimately improve the well-being of individuals and society, with reductions in cost where appropriate. In addition, the research often requires new modeling or algorithm developments, and it results in new theoretical insights that apply across many sectors.