Shan Liu

Phone: (206) 543-7593
Fax: (206) 685-3072


Professor Liu joined the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering in September 2013. She holds the following degrees

  • Ph.D., Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, June 2013
  • M.S., Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2008
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, June 2006


Prof. Liu’s research interests focus on the evaluation of new medical technologies and healthcare interventions.  Her research integrates techniques such as cost-effectiveness analysis, dynamic systems modeling, and optimization under uncertainty. She develops decision theory and applied mathematical models for the detection and treatment of chronic disease when there is rapid technological development. She is more broadly interested in developing methods and tools to support complex technology adoption and policy decisions surrounding the prevention and management of diseases. She has developed decision-analytic models to assess the screening and treatment guidelines for chronic hepatitis C virus infection in the US. Her current research involves how to best incorporate uncertainties about future technology change into medical decision making methodology, and develops methods to answer questions about optimal technology adoption in the presence of uncertainties about cost, health outcomes, and technological progress.

Prof. Liu has work experience and/or on-going collaborations with the Stanford Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, the Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the MIT Microphotonics Center, HP Labs China, and the Cable Television Laboratories Inc. She is a member of INFORMS (Institute of Operations Research and the Management Science), the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM), and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.



  • IND E 599 Healthcare Modeling and Decision Making