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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

Research Accomplishments

  • 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

Recent Course Responsibilities

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

Selected Recent Publications

  • Wernz, C., Gehrke, I. and Ball, D., Managerial Decision-Making in Hospitals with Real Options Analysis, Information Systems and e-Business Management (in press), DOI: 10.1007/s10257-013-0230-3.
  • Wernz, C., Zhang, H, and Phusavat, K., International Study of Technology Investment Decisions at Hospitals, Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol114 (4), 2014.
  • Wernz, C., Multi-Time-Scale Markov Decision Processes for Organizational Decision Making, EURO Journal on Decision Processes, Vol 1 (3), pp. 299-324, 2013.
  • Vance, E., Xie, X., Henry, A., Wernz, C. and Slonim, A.D., Computed Tomography Scan Use Variation: Patient, Hospital, and Geographic Factors, American Journal of Managed Care, Vol 19 (3), pp. 93-99, 2013.
  • Wernz, C. and Deshmukh, A., Unifying Temporal and Organizational Scales in Multiscale Decision-Making, European Journal of Operational Research, 223(3), pp. 739-751, 2012.
  • Wernz, C. and Deshmukh, A., Multiscale Decision-Making: Bridging Organizational Scales in Systems with Distributed Decision-Makers, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol 202 (3), pp. 828-840, 2010.

Selected Recent Projects

  • 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.
  • Order Fulfillment Process Improvement, James Hardie Corp., PI, 2013-2014
  • Contract Analysis and Design to Leverage Probabilistics Methods, Rolls Royce, PI, 2011-2013.

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
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
  • Virginia Tech Chapter of Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Alpha Pi Mu, Industrial Engineering Honor Society

Additional Links

    Dr. Wernz

  • (540) 231-9772
  • 205 Durham Hall
    MC 0118
    Blacksburg, VA 24061