Qiushi Chen (陈秋实), PhD

Assistant Professor
Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
​Penn State University

Office: 302 Leonhard Building, University Park
Email: q.chen [at] psu [dot] edu

Research Interests
I am interested in utilizing mathematical modeling, optimization, and analytics to integrate existing data and to better inform decision makings in the broad area of healthcare systems. My research focuses on real-world healthcare problems leading to practical impact on clinical practitioners and health policy makers, in the areas of clinical decision makings, disease prevention and control, health economic evaluation, population health policy analysis, and health service operations. I am interested in methodologies used to address these research questions, especially for modeling and optimizing dynamic systems, including Markov decision processes (MDPs), partially observable MDPs, optimal control, microsimulation, survival analysis, and metamodeling.   

About me
Prior to joining Penn State, l worked as post-doctoral fellow at Institute for Technology Assessment in Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH-ITA) in 2017. I received my PhD degree in Operations Research in 2016 from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. I received my bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 2010.

I am fortunate to work with my post-doctoral mentor Dr. Jagpreet Chhatwal at MGH-ITA, and my PhD advisor Dr. Turgay Ayer at H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems EngineeringGeorgia Tech. I have also been closely collaborating with many clinical experts from several leading academic health institutes such as Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Emory University, and MD Anderson Cancer Center.