About Me

Professional Positions

Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE), University of Florida, 2017-present
Visiting Assistant Professor, ISE, Texas A&M University, 2015-2017
Postdoctoral Research Associate, ISE, Texas A&M University, 2015-2017

Education

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
M.E., Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010
B.S., Industrial Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2008

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Texas A&M University.

The aim of my research is to develop theory, models, algorithms, and practical tools to improve the operation of complex systems under uncertainty. My main research interests are in integrated simulation and optimization methods applied to healthcare decision-making.

I am currently studying healthcare policy and how hospitals and clinics adapt their operational policies and procedures in response to the new patient-centered health focus established by the Affordable Care Act. More speci fically, I have most recently studied how the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) impacts health policy and the behavior of hospitals and post-acute care facilities. My initial work in this area has been the development and analysis of a Hospital-Insurer game theoretic penalty-incentive model to reduce hospital readmissions. I am now working on new stochastic programming and multi-method simulation models to analyze the impact of HRRP and other health policies on the flow of patients to post-acute care facilities.

In my dissertation work, I developed a simulation and optimization methodology for scheduling chemotherapy appointments under uncertainty. In other prior works, I have contributed new algorithms to mean-risk stochastic integer programming, developed a Markov decision process and queueing model for condition-based maintenance of degrading servers, studied remote health systems for the management of diabetes and other chronic diseases, and the problem of inpatient discharge planning for a hospital ward.

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Michelle Alvarado, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
University of Florida

474 Weil Hall
P.O. Box 116595
Gainesville, FL 32611-6595
Office: 352-294-7731