New Buddy? No Problem!

When Fumiya Abe-Nornes joined CHEPS as a student researcher in May 2019, he quickly realized the brilliance of his peers.

“Being a newbie in a research group of a couple dozen, it was definitely intimidating—especially feeling like I wasn’t smart enough or that I wouldn’t be able to contribute in a meaningful way,” he shared. “But having my buddy, Justin, helped a lot.”

Justin and Fumi were paired through the CHEPS Buddy System, which aimed to connect students from various projects and strengthen bonds throughout the group.

“[Justin] took me out to lunch and we chatted about CHEPS, interests, life, you name it. Continue Reading »

Nick Zacharek, Industrial and Operations Engineering Undergraduate

Nick Zacharek
Nick Zacharek

Hi everyone, my name is Nicholas (Nick) Zacharek, and I am a senior from Ann Arbor studying Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE), and have been working at CHEPS since May 2019. In my nearly 2.5 years at CHEPS, I can safely say that working here has been the best decision I have made in college. CHEPS has given me the opportunity to apply various skills I have learned in class and grow greatly as a professional. I have worked on projects ranging from simulation modeling to improve patient access to care, to provider scheduling to maximize capacity utilization, and data analytics to better understand trends in medical data. Continue Reading »

Shift Scheduling Team

This blog is written by the Summer 2021 Shift Scheduling Team: Dipra Debnath, Madelaine Emesden, Arlo Halpern, Yvonne Lin, and Shraddha Ramesh. 

The first thing the Shift Scheduling team did this summer was learn how to use the scheduling tool. We did this by watching our staff lead and scheduling wizard, Billy Pozehl, build the Block 2 schedule on Zoom. When we receive inputs from the Chief Resident, we need to make edits so that the information is digestible for the code. He walked us through this process and then told us to “make a schedule we personally think is good.” Continue Reading »

Leena Ghrayeb, Industrial and Operations Engineering Ph.D. Student

Leena Ghrayeb

As I reflect on the first year of my Ph.D., I’m amazed at how much I’ve grown, both academically and personally. I embarked on this journey during a global crisis, and as the COVID-19 pandemic made my worries a reality, I quickly had to learn how to adjust. I was expecting to move to Ann Arbor, to attend my courses in a classroom, and to collaborate with my colleagues and advisors in-person. I’d been dreaming of the day I’d start at U of M for years, and not being able to have the “normal” start I was expecting was disappointing, to say the least. Continue Reading »