PhD Candidate Alba Rojas-Cordova was selected as the winner of the INFORMS Minority Issues Forum (MIF) Poster Competition at the 2016 INFORMS Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Alba is being advised by Drs. Ebru Bish and Niyousha Hosseinichimeh. Alba’s poster “Optimal Resource Allocation for Sequential Adaptive Clinical Trials” synthesizes part of her dissertation research, where she creatively combines Operations Research and System Dynamics methodologies to quantify the impact of interim analyses on various performance measures relevant to the pharmaceutical industry as well as policy makers and regulatory agencies. Alba’s poster was selected as the first-place winner among a group of 17 posters that were evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges, based on organization, visual appeal, methodology, results, and oral presentation.
Alba also received the prestigious 2016-2017 Seth Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services, and was recognized at the 2016 INFORMS conference. The purpose of this award is to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to health care design, delivery and operations. The scholarship is granted on the basis of excellence, innovation, preparation, and the probability of a candidate's success.