Christian Wernz

Assistant Professor

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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

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

  • 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
  • ISE 6054 Decision Theory
  • ISE 5984 Decision and Risk Analysis
  • ISE 4015 Management Systems Theory, Applications and Design

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  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.

Christian Wernz

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