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Optimization in Medicine Recap

The Chapter’s technical meeting for the membership on September 22 at George Mason University was a success on many levels.  Our speaker was Dr. Ariela Sofer, George Mason University’s Professor and Chair of the Systems Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR) Department.  During her “Optimization in Medicine” presentation, Dr. Sofer provided many examples of the application of optimization modeling to improve medical diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment planning.  Among the examples she described was the development and use of algorithms that help the doctor better pinpoint treatment of cancerous tumors.  When successful, the use of optimization techniques have a tremendous, positive impact on treatment protocols, patient wellbeing, and outcomes.  For those already involved in this work and for students with an interest in dedicating and applying their talents to improving healthcare, she noted that many challenges and opportunities for future research remain.  Dr. Sofer is a Chapter Member and is serving as the Secretary of the IISE Board of Trustees (BOT).

Over sixty people attended the presentation, which included forty students. We raised more than $200 for George Mason’s student chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

We are grateful to our cosponsors who helped assure a successful event.  Cosponsoring organizations were George Mason’s Systems Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR) Department, the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (WINFORMS), and the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of INCOSE.

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