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Dr. Nancy Hanrahan is an associate professor and faculty member of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the Penn School of Nursing. She is an experienced psychiatric mental health nurse and an expertise in the clinical-financial-outcomes relationship of the business of mental health care as a senior administrator. As a health systems researcher, work includes random controlled trials of innovative models care that promote an integrated mind/body approach to mental and physical health care for people with serious mental illness and HIV. Her research explores quality and outcomes of inpatient psychiatric services, psychiatric nurse workforce, and innovative transitional care models for patients discharged from psychiatric hospital treatment. Optimal systems of care for people with mental illness are needed at the macro and micro scale. Currently, Drs. Hanrahan and Barry Silverman, from the School of Engineering, are building a simulation using systems science and agent based models to capture “real world dynamics” of the behavioral health system of Philadelphia; the objective is to provide decision support for public health administrators who have few tools to compare the effectiveness of interventions and manage the complexity of systems.
John Keenan is Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering at the
University of Pennsylvania. Research areas include the biological and health effects of pollution, wastewater treatment, water resources engineering, environmental impact assessment, and hazardous materials in the environment. Recent research efforts include assessment and selection of waste heat utilization technologies focusing on steam electric power facilities; an analysis of water resources in selected countries of the Middle East; development of single sludge wastewater treatment technologies; production and control of landfill leachates; development of expert systems for remediation of hazardous waste sites.
John Pourdehnad is Associate Director of ACASA. Dr. Pourdehnad
holds his Ph.D. in Systems Sciences from the Wharton School, and is currently
an adjunct professor of Systems Engineering. His primary areas of focus and
research include implications of Systems Thinking in complex problem
formulation and systems redesign, knowledge development in creation of new
products and services and the development of socio-technical systems for
learning and knowledge-to-wisdom management in complex adaptive systems.
Stanley Schwartz is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania,
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, board certified in
Diabetes and Endocrinology. His clinical and research interests lie with the study of clinical information systems, and decision and learning aids for diabetics. His a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Medicine.
Barry Silverman is Director of ACASA at Penn and professor
of engineering/SE & CIS, Medicine and Wharton/OPIM as well as fellow and honoree of several
professional societies. He has authored or edited 12 books, 100 articles and 7 patented
software systems on intelligent agents, knowledge management and virtual worlds for
enhancing human performance and adaptivity.
Tony Smith is a Professor of Systems Engineering and Regional Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His primary area of research is in the theory and application of probabilistic models to spatial interaction behavior. A secondary area of research is in transportation and land use modeling. Dr. Smith holds his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written two textbooks and numerous journal articles. Dr. Smith was designated the 1999 recipient of the Walter Isard Award for Distinguished Scholarship by the Regional Science Association International.
Tony E. Smith
Vukan R. Vuchic is UPS Foundation Professor of Transportation Engineering and Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.
Areas of research include: Urban Transportation, Urban Public Transportation, Highway Transportation, Transportation Networks and Railroad Systems.
Iraj Zandi is the National Center professor Emeritus of Resource
Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania where he has been since 1966.
He has published more that 100 research papers. He has lectured internationally on systems
thinking and its application in a number of engineering disciplines. His current research is on
the role of neural networks and connectionist learning metholodogies for improving systems
modeling, prediction, and risk management.