The program was established to expand the diversity of expertise in the National Academies by gathering a multidisciplinary group of emerging leaders in science, engineering and medicine who are willing to address issues of global significance. During their two-year term of service, beginning on February 1, 2024, the new members will engage in the advisory and convening work of the National Academies, develop their own interdisciplinary projects and join a robust network of emerging STEM leaders across the U.S. and around the world.
“I am both excited and humbled to be a part of this amazing opportunity,” said Lavieri. “As an industrial and operations engineer, it is my honor to work alongside such an outstanding and interdisciplinary group of emerging STEM leaders to address some of the most significant challenges faced by our nation and the world.”
Since assuming her role at U-M IOE in 2010, Lavieri has persistently demonstrated academic and research excellence in operations research, with a focus on healthcare applications. She has developed dynamic programming, stochastic control and continuous, partially observable state space models to guide screening, monitoring and treatment decisions of chronic disease patients. She also creates models for health workforce and capacity planning.
This is not the first time Lavieri has been acknowledged for her work in operations research. She was the recipient of the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and the 2013 International Conference on Operations Research Young Participant with Most Practical Impact Award. She also participated in the 2016 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, organized by the National Academy of Engineering, and has been recognized by U-M for mentoring students with the 2017 Willie Hobbs Moore Aspire, Advance, Achieve Mentoring Award.
Lavieri holds bachelor’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering and statistics from the University of Florida as well as a minor in string bass performance. She later went on to obtain her master’s and PhD in management science from the University of British Columbia.
“From the announcement of the very first New Voices cohort, I have been thrilled with the caliber, diversity, and dedicated work ethic of these emerging leaders,” said National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt. “They represent proudly the best and brightest of young American researchers.”
Written by Jessalyn Tamez, Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE)