Faculty Steering Council
Fuller Laboratories, 139
- Associate Professor of Computer Science
Emmanuel Agu’s research interests include computer graphics, mobile computing, and wireless networks. He is especially interested in research on how to use smartphones as a platform to deliver better healthcare, as well as using smartphones for mobile graphics applications such as mobile games. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Army Research Labs, Google, Nvidia, and AMD, and has been published in the ACM SIGGRAPH, Eurographics, Graphics Interface and at various IEEE conferences. He received his master’s and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Washburn Shops, 224
- Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Isa Bar-On’s research interests include understanding dynamics of change, quality, and cost aspects of healthcare and manufacturing systems in support of design and strategic decision making. Current projects include the development of process-based cost models for disability examinations at the VA New England Health Care System and for alternative surgical treatments. Other modeling methods are used to determine resource use for disability examinations and for stroke treatments at the VA. She is also working on improving the coordination of specialty care services for veterans. In addition, she is working on a project exploring the effects of electronic health record systems on care delivery processes, funded by the National Science Foundation. In the past her research included studies of mechanical properties of materials in support of reliability-based design of ceramic components. Bar-On received her BS degree in physics and mathematics and her MS and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering all from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. She spent sabbatical years at the NASA Glenn research center at MIT, and at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Washburn Shops, 223
Sharon A. Johnson
- Faculty Director of HDI, Associate Professor of Operations and Industrial Engineering
Sharon Johnson’s current research includes a project funded by the National Science Foundation to explore the effects of electronic health record systems on care delivery processes. She is also working with the VA New England Healthcare System to improve disability examination processes and to explore secure messaging workflow, as part of the New England Veterans Engineering Resource Center, a consortium created to apply engineering principles to improve the delivery of healthcare for veterans in New England. She received her PhD in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University in 1989, and served as Industrial Engineering Program director at WPI from 1996 to 2009.
Washburn Shops, 205
Diane M. Strong
- Professor of Management Information Systems
WPI School of Business
Diane Strong’s research focuses on advanced information technologies, such as enterprise systems and electronic health records systems and use in organizations. Her research examines how these systems contribute to the structuring of work and work flows, the integration of data and work across organizational boundaries, the changing roles of individuals in organizations, and the need for exception handling and workarounds as organizations seek to fit packaged systems to organizational needs. Her research interests also include MIS quality issues, with primary focus on data and information quality. Currently, she is working on a project funded by the National Science Foundation to explore the effects of electronic health record systems on care delivery processes. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including Organization Science, Journal of Management Information Systems, Information & Management, Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Information and Organization, and others. She is a member of the Association for Information Systems and the American Medical Informatics Association. Strong received her PhD in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University.
- Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
WPI School of Business
Bengisu Tulu’s research interests include development and implementation of health information technologies and the implications on healthcare organizations and consumers. She is currently studying the utilization of personal health records (PHRs) and mobile technologies for chronic condition and health management, evolution of telemedicine in healthcare organizations as a technology innovation and implementation of electronic health records in various healthcare settings. Her research is funded through federal grants from the National Science Foundation and VA New England Healthcare System. Previously, she studied the impact of network impairments on Internet-based telemedicine and utilization of PHRs to benefit people with disabilities. She received her PhD in management of information systems and technology from Claremont (Calif.) Graduate University.