(July 24, 2017) Ph.D. students Arash Baghaei Lakeh and Alba Rojas-Cordova each received student paper awards at the 35th International System Dynamics Conference in Cambridge, MA in July 2017.
Current Ph. D. student Arash Baghaei Lakeh won the Dana Meadows Best Student Paper award for his work, "The Dual-Process Theory and Understanding of Stocks and Flows," co-authored with Dr. Navid Ghaffarzadegan. Arash studies people's failure to understand "accumulation" in a set of experimental studies. His results show that the large majority of people fail to answer questions about accumulation. Then, based on the dual process theory, Arash and Dr. Ghaffarzadegan designed and explored the effects of four cognitive interventions that would potentially help understanding of complex systems in general and accumulation in particular.
A recently-graduated Ph.D. student Alba Rojas-Cordova was a runner-up and received honorable mention for the paper "Trial Termination and Drug Misclassification in Sequential Adaptive Clinical Trials," co-authored with Dr. Niyousha Hosseinichimeh. In this paper, Alba built a system dynamics simulation model of drug sequential testing for approval. The model was used to examine the continuation vs. termination decision at an interim analysis point and uncovered negative effects of early termination decisions. Alba completed her Ph.D. degree from ISE in May 2017 (co-advised by Drs. Ebru Bish and Niyousha Hosseinichimeh), and will become a faculty member at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in fall 2017.