Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information

Washburn Shops, 224
Phone: +1-508-831-5127
Fax: +1-508-831-5178

Isa Bar-On

My favorite activities involve guiding students in projects and research. I like to give them independence and to learn from their work. I enjoy challenging them and myself to find better answers, explanations, and solutions. I am very interested in socio-technical systems, such as the healthcare system or the energy delivery system.

Over the past years, my research has focused on developing models in support of an improved healthcare delivery system. To this end, I co-founded the Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) at WPI, with faculty members from the business school, and from computer science. HDI is an interdisciplinary research institute working with several clinical partners. We apply technology, analysis and modeling to improve the healthcare system. For example, we are modeling how to best deploy providers to improve access to mental care for veterans, or how to deploy resources to best treat stroke patients, both in cooperation with the Veterans Health Administration. I am using similar tools to evaluate the use of alternative energy considering the resource use in their deployment.

Research Interests

  • Healthcare delivery
  • System modeling
  • System dynamics
  • Cost modeling
  • Alternative Energy


  • BS, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1974
  • MS, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1977
  • PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1984

Featured Publications

  • Tulu, B., D.M. Strong, S.A. Johnson, I. Bar-On, “Personal Health Records: Identifying Utilization Patterns from System Use Logs and Patient Interviews, Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-45), January 4-7, 2012, Nominated for Best Paper Award.
  • McGimpsey, M., D.M. Strong, S.A. Johnson, I. Bar-On, B. Tulu, “Autonomy and Electronic Health Records: Can We Have Both?”, Proceedings of the Seventeenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, Detroit, MI, August 5-7, 2011.
  • A. Belenky, I. Bar-On, D. Rittel, ”Static and dynamic fracture of transparent nanograined alumina” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Volume 58, Issue 4, April 2010, Pages 484-501, doi:10.1016/j.jmps.2010.02.002
  • T. Vincent, I. Bar-On, and Y. Itovich, “Quantitative Conductor Edge Angle Influence on GHz Frequency Electrical Loss”, IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging, Vol. 33, n. 2, p. 386-390, June 2010.
  • T. Vincent, I. Bar-On, and B. Powers, “The Influence of Substrate Surface Roughness on Electronic Telecommunication Transmission Loss Using Conventional Analyses and Length-scale Fractal Analysis”, Surface and Interface Analysis, v 42, n 1, p 21-35, January 2010.
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