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Christian Wernz

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2008
  • M.S.-MBA, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 2003
  • B.S., University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1999

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Research Areas and Accomplishments

Main Area:  Management Systems Engineering

  • Fundamental and applied research on decision-making in organizations and complex systems with a focus on multi-level, multi-period, and stochastic interactions among and between agents and their environment
  • Methods: Multiscale Decision Making: Decision Making in Complex Systems and Organizations Across Multiple System, Time and Informational Scales, Game Theory, Mechanism Design, Stochastic Processes (particularly Markov Decision Processes), Multi-Agent Systems, Behavioral Decision Making
  • Applications: Healthcare Systems, Manufacturing & Service Enterprise Systems, Telecommunications, Technology & Innovation


Professional History

  • Assistant Professor, Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2008 - present
  • Research Assistant, Consortium for Distributed Decision Making, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, 2003 - 2008
  • Internships at various companies, including BorgWarner, McKinsey & Company, Hardigg Industries, Loyalty-Partner, BMW, Max-Planck-Institute for Physics, 1998 - 2003


Recent Courses Taught

  • ISE 6054 Decision Theory
  • ISE 4015 Management Systems Theory, Applications and Design
  • ISE 3004 Industrial Cost Control


Selected Recent Publications

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Selected Recent Projects

  • EAGER: Advancing the Foundations of Systems Engineering through Multiscale Decision Theory, National Science Foundation (NSF), 08/2015-08/2017.
  • Integrating Model-driven and Data-driven Approaches to Advance Healthcare Payment Innovations, Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, 05/2015-08/2016.
  • Designing Multi-Level Incentives for Health Care Systems, PI, National Science Foundation (NSF), 2013-2016.
  • Analyzing and Improving Technology Investment Decisions at Hospitals, Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ), PI (with Co-I Rahmandad, H. and Slonim, A.), 2013-2014.
  • Next Generation Data-to-Decision Methods for Disaster Response, Institute of Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), Virginia Tech, PI (with Co-PI Ramakrishnan, N.), 2012-2014.


Industries Serviced

  • Hospitals and other Healthcare Organizations
  • Gas Turbine Engine Manufacturer
  • Building Material Manufacturer
  • Telecommunications Service Provider


Key Professional Service Activities

  • Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Decision Analysis Society (DAS), INFORMS Subdivision
  • Health Applications Society (HAS), INFORMS Subdivision
  • Service Science Section, INFORMS Interest Group
  • Junior Faculty, INFORMS Interest Group
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)


Awards / Honors

  • Highly Commended Paper in Industrial Management & Data Systems, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2015.
  • Teacher of the Week, Virginia Tech’s Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER), 2012.
  • 3rd Place, INFORMS Service Science Section Best Paper Award, 2009.
  • Finalist, INFORMS Decision Analysis Society Best Student Paper, 2009.
  • Graduate School Fellowship for Outstanding Doctoral Students, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, 2006/07.
  • Eugene M. Isenberg Award for Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, 2004/05.
  • German National Academic Foundation Fellow (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), 2000 - 2004.
    Dr. Christian Wernz

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  • 205 Durham Hall (MC 0118)
    1145 Perry Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061