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Nathaniel Drew Bastian
Nathaniel Drew Bastian
Adjunct Teaching Professor
Healthcare Delivery Institute
PhD Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Pennsylvania State University
MENGR Industrial Engineering Pennsylvania State University
MS Econometrics and Operations Research Maastricht University
BS Engineering Management (Electrical Engineering) United States Military Academy with Honors
A leader, practitioner, researcher, and educator of quantitative, economic, computational, analytic, data-driven, and decision-centric methods to support the improvement of operational processes, decision-making, performance, and management in healthcare delivery systems, human resources, military operations, and humanitarian logistics. As an experienced operations researcher, data scientist, decision analyst and industrial engineer, my research involves the discovery and translation of data-driven, actionable insights into effective decisions using mathematics, statistics, engineering, economics, and computational science to develop decision-support models for descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. Teaching is enjoyable because it gives me the opportunity to interact with and engage students intellectually by exposing them to the data analytic process of transforming data into actionable insight for more informative decision-making. I thoroughly enjoy teaching at WPI because I can help students become more effective problem-solvers to tackle some of the most complex, challenging problems facing our nation.
Health Data Science and Analytics
Healthcare Systems Engineering
Health Services Research and Health Economics
Productivity Analysis and Efficiency/Performance Measurement
Machine Learning, Statistical Computing and Simulation
Optimization Modeling and Decision Science
Bastian, N., Swenson, E., Ma, L., Suk Na, H. & Griffin, P. (2017). Incentive Contract Design for Food Retailers to Reduce Food Deserts in the US. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences. Article In Advance, 1-12.
Bastian, N., Ekin, T., Kang, H., Griffin, P., Fulton, L. & Grannan, B. (2016). Stochastic Multi-Objective Auto-Optimization for Resource Allocation Decision-Making in Fixed-Input Health Systems. Health Care Management Science. OnlineFirst, 1-19.
Swenson, E., Bastian, N. & Nembhard, H. (2016). Data Analytics in Health Promotion: Health Market Segmentation and Classification of Total Joint Replacement Surgery Patients. Expert Systems with Applications, 60: 118-129.
Bastian, N., Griffin, P., Spero, E. & Fulton, L. (2016). Multi-Criteria Logistics Modeling for Military Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Aerial Delivery Operations. Optimization Letters, 10(5): 921-953.
Bastian, N., McMurry, P., Fulton, L., Griffin, P., Cui, S., Hanson, T., & Srinivas, S. (2015). The AMEDD Uses Goal Programming to Optimize Workforce Planning Decisions. Interfaces, 45(4): 305-324.
Grannan, B., Bastian, N. & McLay, L. (2015). A Maximum Expected Covering Problem for Locating and Dispatching Two Classes of Military Medical Evacuation Air Assets. Optimization Letters, 9(8): 1511-1531.
Professional Highlights & Honors:
Fulbright Scholar (The Netherlands), U.S. Department of State, 2008-2009
NSF Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2011-2016
Seth Bonder Scholar for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, 2013
Wayne P. Hughes Junior Analyst Award, Military Operations Research Society, 2014
Gilbreth Memorial Fellow, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, 2015
GEN Omar N. Bradley Officer Research Fellow in Mathematics, Omar N. Bradley Foundation, 2016
Koopman Prize, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, 2016
George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award (Honorable Mention), Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, 2016