Alba Rojas-Cordova (centered), along with Dr. Edward H. Kaplan (INFORMS President, Yale School of Management) and the person on the right is Dr. Murat Kurt (Chair of the Bonder Scholarship Committee, Merck Research Labs)

Alba Rojas-Cordova
Alba Rojas-Cordova (center) with Dr. Edward H. Kaplan (left; INFORMS President) and Dr. Murat Kurt (right; Chair of the Bonder Scholarship Committee) at 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in November 2016.

(August 8, 2016)  PhD Candidate Alba Rojas-Cordova has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2016-2017 Seth Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services. Alba is being advised by Drs. Ebru Bish and Niyousha Hosseinichimeh. Alba’s dissertation research focuses on optimal resource allocation decisions in sequential adaptive clinical trials. Adaptive clinical trials provide a novel and promising way of achieving new efficiencies in pharmaceutical research and development, but also present new challenges to decision makers needing to allocate resources in the most efficient way. In her research, Alba utilizes a unique combination of Operations Research and System Dynamics models and tools to address the problem’s complexity.

The purpose of this prestigious 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. Candidates are evaluated based on their past accomplishments, the potential of the proposed research program, and their credentials to undertake the proposed research.

Please congratulate Alba, and for those attending the INFORMS Annual Meeting this year, you are invited to attend a special session dedicated to Bonder Scholars.