The application of Industrial Engineering and mathematical knowledge has always been a rewarding challenge for me. Over the past several years, I have focused my research in the healthcare industry, which is particularly exciting given the current debates on healthcare reform. Current projects include evaluating anti-human trafficking efforts, computationally characterizing episodes of care from health insurance claim records and examining the impact of physician incentives on patient outcomes. In the past I have worked on projects related to mental health, patient flow and practice guidelines. I draw on a variety of Industrial Engineering techniques including optimization and simulation. I am a member of the Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) and regularly work with the New England Veterans Engineering Resource Center. One of my favorite things about WPI is its emphasis on theory and practice. In this spirit, I believe research complements teaching. I particularly enjoy project advising, as it provides me a learning opportunity taught by my students. Through projects, I learn about different problems facing industry, and with the students explore possible solutions. I find that the process, though painful at times, promotes maturity, initiative, and creativity.
Renata Konrad spoke to WBUR's Morning Edition about work funded by the National Science Foundation using analytical tools to help aid agencies disrupt human trafficking networks.
The Worcester Business Journal reported on how with a one-year, $145,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers in the Foisie Business School will explore how analytical tools commonly used in industry can be employed to attack human trafficking networks worldwide by ferreting out the supply chains that sustain them.