Faculty Research Areas


Linda Ng BoyleProfessor Boyle’s research interests center on understanding individual behavior as influenced by a person’s likelihood of mishaps, injuries, and crashes while driving. Many innovations are designed to enhance a person's safety by simplifying demands and tasks in safety-critical situations. However, long-term use may also decrease their awareness, increase distractions, and degrade the ability to respond appropriately. Modeling this dynamic adaptive behavior is extremely fascinating and is the core of many of Prof. Boyle’s research studies.

Tom Furness.  Dr. Furness is a pioneer in the development of interfaces between humans and complex machines.  He has been a crusader for over the past 25 years for building aircraft cockpits which take into account the perceptual organization of the human.  Most of his work has centered on the concept of virtual interface technologies which prove a circumambience of three dimensional spatial information to the human using the visual, auditory and tactile sensory modalities. 

Archis Ghate. Professor Ghate's research focuses on mathematical models, theory, and algorithms for dynamic optimization problems under uncertainty. More specifically, his work often combines concepts from dynamic programming, mathematical programming, game theory, and applied probability to compute approximate solutions to these problems. He is interested in applying these mathematical techniques to problems in operations management, and medical treatment planning.


  • Approximate dynamic programming
  • Infinite-horizon optimization
  • Complex networks
  • Dynamic cancer treatment planning
  • Computation economics and finance operations management

Joe Heim.  Dr. Heim focuses on improving the performance of health care systems through application of fundamental industrial engineering design and analysis principles, such as the Toyota/Lean Production System, as well as mathematical modeling and simulation methods. His research explores the development of domain specific simulation modeling languages and their roles in strategic and operations planning for complex organizations such as hospitals, academic medical centers and medical product manufacturers.




Christina Mastrangelo.  Dr. Mastrangelo's primary research field is systems engineering, quality engineering and empirical stochastic modeling. Her research interests include the areas of operational modeling for semiconductor manufacturing, system-level modeling for infections disease control, multivariate quality control, statistical monitoring methods for continuous and batch processing and multi-response modeling.
  • System Modeling for Infectious Disease Control
  • Operational Modeling for Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Multivariate Process Monitoring


Zelda Zabinsky.  Professor Zabinsky's field of interest is Operations Research; optimization algorithms and stochastic models, applications of optimization to engineering design (composite structures for aircraft fuselage) and applications of optimization in transportation.