Hicklin Delivers Right on Time

ISE student Karen Hicklin places second in the IIE Doctoral Colloquium Poster Competition

Karen Hicklin, Ph.D. student, placed second in the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Doctoral Colloquium Poster Competition for her paper Analyzing the Mode of Delivery Decision through Simulation and a Markov Decision Process to Identify Optimal Policies for Stopping a Trial of Labor. The competition was part of the events held during the 2015 IIE National Conference in Nashville, Tenn. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized at the doctoral colloquium for our work to promote women’s and children’s health,” said Hicklin. “I enjoy being apart of a process that can potentially have a significant impact in how C-sections are administered and plan to continue to make contributions to the field.”

She is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Julie Ivy in the area of health systems engineering. The research focuses on creating a standardized system doctors can use to determine when it is most appropriate to perform a cesarean section (C-section).

To learn more about Hicklin’s research and the factors involved in selecting a C-section, go to: Special Deliveries.

Congratulations, Karen!