Industrial engineering graduate student receives NSF fellowship

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nathaniel D. Bastian, a doctoral student in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, is the recipient of a 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

Bastian will use the fellowship to study industrial engineering and operations research with a concentration in health care systems engineering under the guidance of Paul Griffin, Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Department Head Chair.

Currently a captain in the U.S. Army medical department, Bastian’s interest in health care operations began as a cadet in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While conducting summer training with an air ambulance company in South Korea, he witnessed first-hand the inefficient aeromedical evacuation system that frequently failed due to backlogged aircraft maintenance, shortages of essential medical supplies, and equipment and inaccurate patient tracking methods.

Bastian was also a 2012-13 Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems scholar, where he conducted a workflow assessment to improve clinical efficiency and quality of the pediatric intensive care unit at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

For his doctoral work, Bastian aims to research and develop a new resource allocation model for the Office of the Army Surgeon General to improve efficiency and engender cost savings within the Army health system. In addition, Bastian will provide the first data-driven analysis of a pay-for-performance incentive program implemented by the U.S. Army Medical Command.

“This fellowship will allow me study and conduct research full time,” said Bastian. “Through this opportunity I aim to expand my analytical toolkit to solve some of the most complex problems in both civilian and military health care systems.”

The NSF fellowship provides three years of support for students who are pursuing research-based degrees. The awards are given to candidates who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

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Last Updated June 03, 2013