Department welcomes four new faculty members


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is proud to welcome Qiushi Chen, Eunhye Song, Huanan Zhang and Yiqi Zhang to its faculty for the 2017-18 academic year. 

Chen is finishing a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Technology Assessment at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH-ITA) in Boston. Prior to that, he was a research associate at MGH-ITA (2016), a research associate at Georgia Tech and Emory University (2011-2016), and a research intern at MGH-ITA (2015), the Department of Health Services Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (2014-2015) and the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh (2013).

Chen’s research interests focus on the mathematical modeling and optimization in the area of healthcare applications, including medical decision making and public health policies. 

He taught several courses at Georgia Tech on topics such as healthcare delivery, probability with applications and simulation analysis. He also earned first prize in the 2016 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Decision Analysis Society Student Paper Competition and has 16 papers published.

Chen earned his doctoral degree in Operations Research from Georgia Tech in 2016 and his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Tsinghua University in China. He joins the Marcus department as an assistant professor.

Song comes to Penn State as an assistant professor after earning a doctorate in industrial engineering and management sciences at Northwestern University.

While at Northwestern, she was the 2013 recipient of the Arthur P. Hunter Award for outstanding academic excellence and the 2012 Walter P. Murphy Fellowship for outstanding first-year Ph.D. students.

Song taught several courses on topics including discrete-event systems simulation, stochastic models and decision making and computer simulation for risk and operations analysis. Her research interests encompass uncertainty quantification in a simulation model and optimization via simulation. 

She has a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering with a minor in chemistry from KAIST. 

H. Zhang recently completed his doctoral degree in industrial and operations engineering (IOE) at the University of Michigan and is an assistant professor.

He was named the 2016-17 IOE Outstanding Graduate Student at Michigan and was awarded the Rackham Travel Grant at the university in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

H. Zhang’s research interests focus on the design of efficient learning and approximation algorithms to solve multi-stage stochastic optimization problems arising in the context of supply chains, inventory and revenue management.

He has a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering and engineering management from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and he spent time as an exchange student at Georgia Tech and Stanford University.

Y. Zhang also joins the faculty as an assistant professor after completing a doctoral degree in industrial and systems engineering at the University at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

She taught several classes at Buffalo, covering topics such as human-computer interaction, cognitive modeling and statistics modeling, and has nine peer-reviewed journal papers to her name.

​Her research interests focus on the ​human-vehicle interaction challenges and their implications for designing connected vehicle system and autonomous vehicle systems, human performance modeling and warning system design.

Y. Zhang was the recipient of the Mark Diamond Research Fund in 2016 at Buffalo and was an active student member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery. 

Song, H. Zhang and Y. Zhang will start Aug. 15 while Chen will join the Marcus department Jan. 1, 2018.


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Pamela Krewson Wertz



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