Renata A. Konrad, PhD

Associate Professor, Operations and Industrial Engineering, 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Renata Konrad is an Associate Professor of Operations and Industrial Engineering in the Foisie School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She received her PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University (2009), and her MSc and BSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Konrad's research focuses on the application of operations research to social justice issues and healthcare to improve the quality, timeliness, and efficiency of operations. This research includes using optimization, and simulation to inform trafficking awareness campaigns, to locate trafficking shelters, to understand the relationship between illegal fishing and exploited labor and to improve access to primary care. Dr. Konrad’s research is funded by the National Science Foundation (CMMI-1841893,CMMI-1935602,). She is the 2018 recipient of the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for innovative teaching. 

In 2018 she served on the U.S .Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking and on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology, Human Trafficking Advisory Committee. Within the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), she currently serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and has previously served as President of the Women in Operations Research and Management Science (WORMS), and as an officer in the Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG). She is an Associate Editor for IISE Transactions  and Editorial Board Member of Operations Research in Health Care.

Recent Accomplishments

[Research Mention] Cited in the 2019 United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Counsel in "Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences" ( K. Maass, A. C. Trapp, R. A. Konrad, "Optimizing Placement of Residential Shelters for Human Trafficking Survivors," accepted for publication, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 2019).

[Journal Publication] Caulkins, J.P., Kammer-Kerwick, M., Konrad, R., Maass, K.L., Martin, L., and Sharkey, T. (2019) A Call to the Engineering Community to Address Human Trafficking. The Bridge. Vol. 49. No. 3.

 

[Research Grant] R. A. Konrad (PI), A. C. Trapp (co-PI), M. Dank (co-PI)K. Maass (co-PI), NSF (Operations Engineering) award "ISN2: Disrupting Human Trafficking via Needs Matching and Capacity Expansion," Research award CMMI-1935602, Jan. 2020 through Dec. 2022.

[Journal Publication] K. Maass, A. C. Trapp, R. A. Konrad, "Optimizing Placement of Residential Shelters for Human Trafficking Survivors," accepted for publication, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 2019. 

[Journal Publication] A. C. Trapp, R. A. KonradJ. SarkisA. Z. Zeng, "Closing the Loop: Forging High-Quality Agile Virtual Enterprises in a Reverse Supply Chain via Solution Portfolios," accepted for publication, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 2019. 

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Last Updated October 2019