Julie Swann

Department Head

Julie Swann is the department head and A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor of the Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is an affiliate faculty in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at both NC State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining NC State, Swann was the Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. There she co-founded and co-directed the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems (CHHS), one of the first interdisciplinary research centers on the Georgia Tech campus. Starting with her work with CHHS, Swann has conducted research, outreach and education to improve how health and humanitarian systems operate worldwide.

Swann is a Fellow of IISE and a member of INFORMS as well as a research leader in using analytics and system approaches to enable health care and supply chains to become more efficient, effective, or equitable. Her work as a systems engineer with analytics skills relates to areas of public health, public policy, epidemiology, infectious disease, supply chain management, and disaster response. Recent activities include:

  • Conducting analytics to reduce adverse events and unplanned admissions to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities for the Medicare system, as part of a data innovation team in the 2019-2020 CMS national innovation challenge. This work includes examining the role of the CMS quality ranking systems on adverse events and unplanned admissions.
  • Leading a team selected by the CDC and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists to develop forecasts and decision models to support state decision making during the Covid-19 pandemic in the US.
  • Analyzing the disease’s epidemiology and public health impacts the spread of a pandemic, including influenza (2007 to current) and Covid-19 (2020 to present).
  • Educating practitioners from non-profits, industry, government agencies, etc., that conduct emergency management and disaster response on crucial aspects of supply chain management.
  • Quantifying the return on investment from decisions by state agencies to improve pediatric asthma.

Swann has collaborated widely with organizations such as:

  • The American Red Cross
  • The Carter Center
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Emory University Hospital
  • State Departments of Public Health
  • and many other companies

Worldwide, she has contributed to the education of thousands of practitioners in health and humanitarian systems through the co-creation and teaching in a professional certificate program at Georgia Tech. This contribution includes teaching in the MASHLM program in Lugano, Switzerland, and co-chairing the annual Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference.

Swann has served as an expert for the media, appearing in sources such as:

To see her full list of media appearances with links to each publication, view ISE’s In the News page.

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Estimating the Impact of Self-Management Education, Influenza Vaccines, Nebulizers, and Spacers on Health Utilization and Expenditures for Medicaid-Enrolled Children with Asthma
Yildirim, M., Griffin, P., Keskinocak, P., O'Connor, J., & Swann, J. L. (2020, September 29). , . https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.28.20188466
High-Quality Masks Can Reduce Infections and Deaths in the US
Rosenstrom, E., Aglar, B. O., Ivy, J. S., Keskinocak, P., Mayorga, M., & Swann, J. L. (2020, September 29). , . https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.27.20199737
The impact of opening dedicated clinics on disease transmission during an influenza pandemic
Shi, P., Yan, J., Keskinocak, P., Shane, A. L., & Swann, J. L. (2020), PLOS ONE, 15(8), e0236455. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0236455
The impact of opening dedicated clinics on disease transmission during an influenza pandemic
Swann, J. L., Shi, P., Yan, J., Keskinocak, P. L., & Shane, A. L. (2020, May 16). , (Vol. 5). Vol. 5. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.13.20099622
Medicaid Claims for Contraception Among Women With Medical Conditions After Release of the US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use
Pujol, T. A., Serban, N., Swann, J., & Kottke, M. (2019), Preventing Chronic Disease, 16. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd16.180207
Return on investment of self-management education and home visits for children with asthma
Swann, J. L., Griffin, P. M., Keskinocak, P., Bieder, I., Yildirim, F. M., Nurmagambetov, T., … Singleton, C.-M. (2019), JOURNAL OF ASTHMA. https://doi.org/10.1080/02770903.2019.1690660
Does distance to a cystic fibrosis center impact health outcomes?
Johnson, B., Ngueyep, R., Schechter, M. S., Serban, N., & Swann, J. (2018), Pediatric Pulmonology, 53(3), 284–292. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppul.23940
Risk Factors for Seizures Among Young Children Monitored With Continuous Electroencephalography in Intensive Care Unit: A Retrospective Study
Vlachy, J., Jo, M., Li, Q., Ayer, T., Keskinocak, P., Swann, J., … Vats, A. (2018), FRONTIERS IN PEDIATRICS, 6. https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2018.00303
Value of inventory information in allocating a limited supply of influenza vaccine during a pandemic
Li, Z., Swann, J., & Keskinocak, P. (2018), PLOS ONE, 13(10). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0206293
Chapter 36: Humanitarian Applications of Supply Chain Optimization
Çelik, M., Ergun, Ö., Keskinocak, P., Soldner, M., & Swann, J. (2017), In Advances and Trends in Optimization with Engineering Applications (pp. 479–491). https://doi.org/10.1137/1.9781611974683.ch36

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