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Retsef Levi

J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Management
Professor of Operations Management
Contact Information
Office: E62-562
Tel: (617) 253-4155
E-mail: retsef@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Cindy Arroyave
Tel: (617) 253-6605
E-mail: cindya@mit.edu

Group(s)

Operations Management

System Dynamics

Research Center(s)

MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation

Operations Research Center

General Expertise

Applied math; Applied probability; Business intelligence; Competition; Convergence; Decision making; Facility location; Healthcare operations management; Infrastructures; Inventory; Logistics; Manufacturing management; Manufacturing systems; Mathematical programming; Medical decision making; Medicine; Middle East; Operations management; Operations research; Optimal control; Optimization; Price fixing; Probability; Process control; Production; Project management; Revenue management; Sampling; Statistics; Stochastic modeling; Supply chain management; Terrorism; Vehicle routing

Biography

Retsef Levi is the J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Management and a Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Levi’s current research is focused on the design of analytical data-driven decision support models and tools addressing complex business and system design decisions under uncertainty in areas such as health and healthcare management, supply chain, procurement and inventory management, revenue management, pricing optimization and logistics. He is interested in the theory underlying these models and algorithms, as well as their computational and organizational applicability in practical settings. He has been leading several industry-based collaborative research efforts with some of the major academic hospitals in the Boston area, such as Mass General Hospital (MGH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Children’s Hospital, and across the U.S. (e.g., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC Presbyterian Hospital System and the American Association of Medical Colleges). Levi was the PI on an MIT contract with the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to develop systematic risk management approaches to address risk related to economically motivated adulterations of food manufactured in global supply chains. With a multi-million award from the Walmart Foundation, Levi currently leads a multi-year U.S.-China collaborative effort to develop new predictive risk analytics tools and testing technologies and platforms to address core food safety challenges in China. Levi received the NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, the 2008 INFORMS Optimization Prize for Young Researchers, the 2013 Daniel H. Wagner Prize and the 2016 Harold W. Kuhn Award.

He was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and served for about 12 years as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces. In 2005, he received the Goldstine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Sciences awarded by the Mathematical Sciences Department at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.

Levi holds a BS in mathematics from Tel-Aviv University and a PhD in operations research from Cornell University.

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Website: http://retsef.scripts.mit.edu/

Anne Quaadgras

Anne Quaadgras

Senior Lecturer and Director, MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation (HSI)
Contact Information
Office: E62-490
Tel: (617) 715-5714
E-mail: aquaad@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Lisa Maloney
Office: E62-471
Tel: (617) 324-7782
E-mail: lmaloney@mit.edu

Research Center(s)

MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation

Academic Groups

System Dynamics

Biography

Anne Quaadgras is a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan and Director of the MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation (HSI).

Her research focuses on health systems transformation, and the role of information technology in supporting that change. Anne earned her doctorate in information systems at Boston University, where her dissertation research explored how globally distributed groups of experts recognize and respond to operational problems.

Prior to her doctoral work, Anne was a management consultant specializing in improving decision-making and investment processes in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and financial services industries.

She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT.

Cathy Iacobo

Cathy Iacobo

Lecturer
Contact Information
Office: E52-337
Tel: (617) 366-7592
E-mail: iacobo@mit.edu
Academic Groups

Global Economics and Management

Biography

Catherine (Cathy) Iacobo is a Lecturer in the Global Economics and Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and serves as a faculty mentor for the Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab), Healthcare Lab (H-Lab) and China/India Lab.

Cathy is a global operations executive with 30-plus years of experience that span services, supply chain, engineering, manufacturing, product development, marketing and sales operations, first at IBM and then at Lexmark International. Cathy has a track record of building, mentoring, and leading teams that create value for customers and corporate shareholders. She has considerable international experience including managing global services operations and an overseas assignment managing EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) supply chain operations.

Cathy has been a dedicated and effective mentor throughout her career. Cathy serves as a volunteer mentor at MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service (VMS). MIT’s VMS supports entrepreneurial activity connected to the MIT community. It provides guidance and support to young enterprises attempting to bring innovative new products or services to the marketplace.

Cathy holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University and an MS degree in management of technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Melissa J. Webster

Melissa Webster

Lecturer
Contact Information
Office: E52-337
Tel: (207) 653-8585
E-mail: melster@mit.edu
Academic Groups

Global Economics and Management

Biography

Melissa Webster serves as a faculty mentor for Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab) and Healthcare Lab (H-Lab).

Melissa has two decades of experience in management and marketing, including roles as Vice President, Energy Management Group, for Skanska, one of the world’s largest construction companies, and Business Instructor/Coach for Fullbridge. Her areas of industry expertise include energy and cleantech, healthcare, BI software, software services, architecture/engineering, and construction. Melissa also creates affinity groups for entrepreneurs and other leaders to grow relationships and increase impact and, in 2015, founded Vulnerability Lab to offer programs supporting professional and personal courage.

Melissa holds a BA degree in architecture from Wellesley College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she focused on entrepreneurship and innovation in the cleantech sector.

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