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H-Lab Faculty

Retsef Levi

J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Management
Associate Professor of Operations Management
Contact Information
Office: E62-562
Tel: (617) 253-4155
Fax: (617) 258-7579
E-mail: retsef@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Ariel Brandner
Tel: (617) 253-6605
E-mail: abrandne@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 an Associate Professor of Operations Managementat the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Levi’s current research is focused on the design and performance analysis of efficient algorithms for fundamental stochastic and deterministic optimization models that arise in the context of supply chains, revenue management, logistics, and healthcare. These fundamental, multistage stochastic models are typically difficult to solve optimally, both theoretically and in practice. Hence, it is important to develop efficient heuristics that provide provably near-optimal policies for these hard models. Levi has a special interest in cost-balancing techniques, data-driven (sampling-based) algorithms, and modern linear programming-based approximation techniques applied to models in the above domains. In addition, he is interested in stochastic and combinatorial optimization and mathematical programming in their broad definition, especially in their intersection with problems that arise in the context of real-life applications. Levi is affiliated with MIT’s Master of Science Program in Computation for Design and Optimization.

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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Web Site: http://web.mit.edu/retsef/www/

Anne Quaadgras

Anne Quaadgras

Senior Lecturer
Contact Information
Office: E62-490
Tel: (781) 777-1067
E-mail: aquaad@mit.edu
Academic Groups

System Dynamics

Biography

Anne Quaadgras is a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan.

Her work 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 for fifteen years, 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.

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