Mariel Lavieri recognized with Willie Hobbs Moore Award3/17/2017
Professor Mariel Lavieri is the winner of the 2017 Willie Hobbs Moore Award. The Aspire, Advance, Achieve Mentoring Award is curated by the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) organization in honor of Willie Hobbs Moore, the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics from any American university and a trailblazer in both the national and local Michigan technical community.
Mariel joined the University of Michigan’s Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) Faculty in 2009. In her work, she applies operations research to healthcare topics. Her most recent research develops dynamic programming, stochastic control, and continuous, partially observable state space models to guide screening, monitoring and treatment decisions of chronic disease patients. She has also developed models for health workforce planning which take into account training requirements, workforce attrition, capacity planning, promotion rules and learning.
As Faculty Ally for Diversity in the IOE Department, she works to promote science and engineering to young women, girls, and underrepresented minority groups at all levels. One of her endeavors, partially funded by the National Science Foundation CAREER grant and in collaboration with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) as well as the INFORMS Student Chapter at the University of Michigan, is an emergency department simulation which teaches industrial engineering concepts to girls in under-served schools in the Detroit-Metropolitan area. In the simulation, girls play the roles of everyone in a hospital, including doctors, nurses, and patients. The simulation helps girls learn concepts of industrial and operations engineering.