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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 theory, decision analysis, game theory, mechanism design, stochastic processes (particularly Markov decision processes), multi-agent systems, simulation
- Application domains: healthcare delivery systems, healthcare policy, medical technologies and health IT, manufacturing & service enterprise systems, systems engineering
- Assistant Professor, Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2008 - present
- Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2016 - 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 5984 Decision and Risk Analysis
- ISE 4015 Management Systems Theory, Applications and Design
Selected Recent Publications
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- Zhang, H., Wernz, C. and Slonim, A.D. (2015) Aligning Incentives in Health Care: A Multiscale Decision Theory Approach. EURO Journal on Decision Processes. Accepted.
- Henry, A., and Wernz, C. (2015). A Multiscale Decision Theory Analysis for Revenue Sharing in Three-Stage Supply Chains. Annals of Operations Research, 226(1): 277-300.
- Wernz, C. (2013). Multi-Time-Scale Markov Decision Processes for Organizational Decision Making, EURO Journal on Decision Processes, 1(3): 299-324.
- Wernz, C. and Deshmukh, A. (2012). Unifying Temporal and Organizational Scales in Multiscale Decision-Making, European Journal of Operational Research, 223(3): 739-751.
- Wernz, C. and Deshmukh, A. (2010). Multiscale Decision-Making: Bridging Organizational Scales in Systems with Distributed Decision-Makers, European Journal of Operational Research, 202 (3): 828-840.
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.
- Hospitals and other healthcare organizations
- Gas turbine engine manufacturer
- Building material manufacturer
- Computer technology company
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)
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.