Research Conference in Chicago!

katherine Research, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

Hi everyone!

For the last year and a half, I’ve been working on a research project with Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. My research aims at reducing the delay in the medical equipment delivery process. A few months ago, my paper was accepted to be presented at the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) Healthcare Conference. The conference took place a couple of weeks ago in Chicago and I had a blast!


The conference featured over 400 presentations by authors representing tons of different schools. While most attendees were professional engineers, professors, and doctors, my presentation was part of a student cluster. I was able to meet and network with a few other students as well as their professors. I even unexpectedly ran into the chair of USC’s Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Dr. Julie Higle!

It was truly a wonderful experience to be able to watch presentations on all kinds of Healthcare Systems research. I definitely learned a lot more about the industry that I didn’t previously know. Participating in this conference really opened my eyes to different opportunities available to Industrial Engineers within the Healthcare Industry, and I’m excited to maybe start working on a new project.

Additionally, it was my first time visiting the Chicago, so I got there a couple days early just to experience the city. I went on a walking tour, saw a Cubs game at the iconic Wrigley Field, and walked on Navy Pier! Finally, even though I’m a huge LA Kings hockey fan, it sure was exciting to be in Chicago when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup! I was really impressed with the friendliness of everyone in the city, and hope I can return soon.

Besides that, I’m midway through my summer internship at Boeing, and still loving it!

Until next time!

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