By working with nationally recognized faculty and graduate students, Industrial Operations and Engineering undergrad students are able to get real-world research experience in fields like healthcare, aviation, transportation and more.
What is it like to be an undergraduate researcher?
The College of Engineering and the University of Michigan offer two programs SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering) and SROP (Summer Research Opportunity Program) to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to participate in summer research. Please find information below about these two exciting programs. Read more here.
My research team addresses a variety of questions related to the development and application of Industrial Engineering methodology to support medical decision making and other healthcare decisions. Sample questions investigated in our team include: when to monitor and treat patients with chronic conditions? How to plan of the long-term supply and demand for transplant organs? How to prevent hospital readmissions? These questions are addressed both from a patient and from a system’s perspective.
The student(s) involved in this research will support model development, validation and implementation potentially including (but not limited to):
No prior medical/healthcare experience is necessary. Students involved will work actively with the research team and participate in our lab meetings both in Engineering and at the Hospital. Students with good communication and programming skills and some statistical background (or willingness to acquire those skills) will be preferred.
We conduct research to investigate how humans interact with automated technologies/robots in simulated environments. Students can work on various dimensions of a project including designing games, coding, conducting human-subject experiments and data analysis. For students interested in game design and coding, a strong background in EECS is expected (java, c++, python etc.). For students interested in experiments and data analysis, some experience with statistics is preferred. To check out the specific projects a student can work on, please visit http://icrl.engin.umich.edu.
Dr. Mondisa is engaged in research to understand and support the success of engineering students, especially those historically underrepresented in the field. This research project will focus on examining literature and quantitative data addressing the mental health of engineering graduate students. Responsibilities for the student include: (a) analyzing survey and interview data both qualitatively and quantitatively , (b) managing data using Excel and other software packages, and (c) assisting in the development and delivery of outcomes in verbal and written form. The student will work closely with Dr. Mondisa and may also be part of a team of researchers from engineering education and other disciplines. Interested students should contact Dr. Mondisa for more information.
We will work on the application of modeling and operations research techniques to applied problems in healthcare. Prior projects have included work in transplant surgery, emergency medicine, and precision health. Students will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of other students as well as experts from the application domains (e.g. physicians, nurses, clinical managers). Desirable skills and background include IOE310, programming skills, data analysis skills, and strong writing and interpersonal skills.
Over the last 35 years, tuition costs have increased faster than has either the overall cost of living or the cost of healthcare. State funding for higher education, as a percentage of institutional expenditures, has decreased significantly over this time period. Student debt is 75% greater than all credit card debt in the US. Public support for higher education has been decreasing in recent years. Finally, the number of students enrolled in higher education institutions has decreased in recent years.
Over the last two years, the administration has proposed various pieces of legislation that would significantly impact funding for higher education. One law that passed taxes the income from private university endowments when the endowment exceeds $500,000 per student (and a few other conditions apply). One major university estimated that this would cost $10,000,000 per year, the equivalent of over 100 full-cost scholarships. In addition, the administration proposed significant reductions in the indirect cost rate (overhead rate) that universities can charge on federal grants, though these reductions were not implemented. This project will adopt a macro-level view of higher education funding and financing. The focus of this project is on the analysis of higher education financing trends and on the development of models that will enable the research team to predict the impact on students and institutions of proposed changes in the system. The student will assist in data analysis, literature surveys, and the development of models. A background in statistics and simulation is desirable, but not required.
Industrial and Operations Engineering