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UTARI Seminar

UTARI Seminar

UTARI Seminar is held the last Friday of each month at 12:00PM (noon). Each seminar highlights a different speaker who will discuss their latest research projects, cutting-edge technology or what is happening within certain technological industries. These industries include biomedical technologies or microsystems, assistive technologies, automation and intelligent systems, unmanned systems, advanced manufacturing and composite materials.

Speaker: Dr. Yuan Zhou, UTA Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering 

Topic: "Industrial & Systems Engineering Research in Healthcare"


Today’s healthcare is facing myriad challenges in many aspects, including but not limited to, insufficient information for health policy development, barriers in meaningful use of Health Information Technology (HIT), fragmented care delivery processes, and undesirable resource allocations. To understand and solve those problems, industrial and systems engineering principles, methods, and tools are considered to be very powerful in design, creation, evaluation, and optimization of complex healthcare systems. Focusing on both research-oriented and application-oriented projects, my presentation will discuss several healthcare related studies that have been done in the past, including infectious disease modeling using Agent-Based Simulation (ABS), implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in physician practices, process improvement in hospital operating rooms, mobile app design to improve patient-centered care delivery, etc. This presentation will also highlight specific areas of my ongoing and future research interests in healthcare systems engineering.  

Speaker Bio: 

Yuan Zhou is an Assistant Professor of Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington. She received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China in 2004, the M.B.A. degree from La Sierra University, Riverside, CA in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY in 2016. Her research focuses on healthcare systems engineering, agent-based simulation, disease modeling and health information technology. Dr. Zhou has been working closely with healthcare and manufacturing industry to improve processes efficiency, quality control, resource allocations, and facility layouts. She has been a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and Society for Health Systems since 2012.

Date: June 30, 2017

Time: 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Where: UTARI

            7300 Jack Newell Boulevard South

            Fort Worth, TX 76118-7115



Free Admission/Lunch Provided