ISE alumna Yuanhui Zhang places third in the IIE Pritzker Outstanding Dissertation Competition
Yuanhui Zhang, alumna, placed third in the IIE Pritzker Outstanding Dissertation Competition. The contest was sponsored by the Pritzker Corporation which recognizes outstanding research in the area of industrial engineering. Dr. Zhang’s dissertation entitles, Robust Optimal Control for Medical Treatment Decisions, focuses on developing quantitative models and methods for making medical decisions about glycemic control for patients with type 2 diabetes. “She used these models to answer important open research questions about how to design ideal individualized treatment protocols for optimal control of blood glucose over the course of a patient’s lifetime,” said her advisor and former ISE faculty member Brian Denton.
Over the course of her Ph.D. thesis research, Yuanhui presented her work at many conferences including several INFORMS conferences and the annual conference of the Society for Medical Decision Making. She recently won the INFORMS Poster Competition at the Fall meeting in San Francisco as well as the poster competition sponsored by the Minority Issues Forum in Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Zhang received her Masters and Ph.D. in Operations Research from NC State and now is a research fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).