New faculty member will strengthen Healthcare Operations and Analytics

Karmel S. ShehadehThe Industrial and Systems Engineering Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Karmel S. Shehadeh as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, beginning August 15, 2020.

Karmel is currently a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Karmel obtained her Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) from the University of Michigan in August 2019 under the supervision of Professors Amy Cohn and Ruiwei Jiang

Karmel's broad methodological research expertise and interests include scheduling theory and algorithms, integer programming, and stochastic optimization. Her primary application areas and expertise are in healthcare operations and analytics. Karmel is also interested in the applications of operations research to transportation systems, and facility location. Karmel has written ten research papers, five already published in esteemed international journals and conferences.

Karmel's unique expertise in healthcare will help us develop our research program in the health and healthcare sectors. In fact, Karmel foresees herself establishing research and industrial collaborative programs in healthcare operations and analytics, exploring and expanding current opportunities made available in our Healthcare System and Engineering Master's Program and the new Lehigh's College of Health.

Notably, Karmel was an influential and inspiring student leader and mentor during her PhD time at Michigan University, and has lectured a graduate-level course on Scheduling Theory and Algorithms as the sole instructor at the department of IOE. She has received a variety of student and travel awards and has been involved in numerous campus, diversity, and community initiatives. At Heinz, Karmel is involved in projects related to operating room scheduling and capacity planning, hospital readmission, mobile healthcare facility, and last-mile transportation systems. We are very excited about Karmel's future engagement and contribution to all our programs of study, as well as to our intense social and outreaching activities.

"I am looking forward to joining the ISE family and using my full potential in, among other things, preparing the next generations of scholars and engineers and contributing significantly and positively to the teaching, service, and research mission of Lehigh University." Said Karmel.  "I plan to use my expertise in operations research to continue making significant contributions to application areas in healthcare and beyond."