Sunderesh S. Heragu
Professor and Head
Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair
School of Industrial Engineering and Management
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 74078


The Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) and Emergency Support Services (ESS) are two of seventeen critical infrastructure sectors identified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These two sectors have developed potential capability gaps that may be seen in the HPH and ESS infrastructures in the event of a pandemic influenza attack. In this talk, we discuss the development of a real-time decision support system (RTDSS) for use by professionals in the HPH and ESS sectors during and immediately after a pandemic influenza or other viral attack. We will demonstrate a few of the many 'status and tracking' and 'planning and analysis' tools that have been developed for use in the RTDSS. These include simulation models for mass vaccination clinics, throughput analysis of emergency departments in hospitals, mixed-integer models for location of facilities in the strategic national stockpile network and allocation of patients to hospitals during a pandemic attack. These models utilize real-time data obtained from multiple sources to provide real-time decisions that can be used by HPH and ESS coordinators in a medical emergency.

Biographical Notes

Sunderesh S. Heragu is Professor and Head of the School of Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State University where he holds the Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair. Previously, he was the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Chair in Engineering Logistics in the Industrial Engineering department and Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI) at the University of Louisville. He has also served as Professor of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Assistant Professor in State University of New York, Plattsburgh and held visiting appointments at State University of New York, Buffalo, Technical University of Eindhoven and University of Twente, in the Netherlands, and IBM's Thomas J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.

He is author of a book titled Facilities Design (currently in its third edition) and has authored or co-authored over two hundred articles many of which have appeared in journals, magazines, books and conference proceedings. He has served as Principal investigator or co-investigator on research projects totaling over $20 million funded by federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, Defense Logistics Agency and private companies such as General Electric. Dr. Heragu is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). He has received IIE's David F Baker Distinguished Research award, Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering the IIE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing Award and IIE Transactions Award for Best Paper published in "Feature Applicationss" for a paper co-authored with his student, and the Gold Award of Excellence for leadership in Facilities Planning and Design.

Mar. 18, 2014

Park Town Hotel

Cocktails 5:30, Dinner 6:00, Presentation 7:00

Tickets $25

For more information contact:

Kent Kostuk 244-3295

Winfried Grassmann, 966-4898