Faculty/Principal Investigator

Dr. Chaitra Gopalappa, PhD, Assistant Professor
Industrial Engineering and Commonwealth Honors College,  
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Graduate Students

Sonza Singh PhD Student, Industrial Engineering, 2018-current
Graduate research assistant: Infectious disease modeling


Nazanin PhD Candidate, Industrial Engineering, 2017-current
Optimization methodologies for informing prevention of HIV in the US

Xinmeng Zhao PhD Student, Industrial Engineering, 2017-current
Development of models for cancer control analysis for Southeast Asian countries



Shifali Bansal, MS Student, Industrial Engineering, 2017-current
Development of models for cancer control analysis for South American countries.

Visiting Graduate Fellow

Hanisha Tatapudi, Visiting Research Fellow, UMass Amherst; 
PhD student, University of South Florida


Undergraduate honors thesis

 -Open positions for Fall 2019

Undergraduate independent study

 -Open positions for Fall 2019


Vijeta Deshpande,  MS Student, Industrial Engineering, 2019
A new Markov processes methodology for identifying screening strategies
for breast cancer in low- and middle- income countries: Application to Peru

Buyannemekh Munkhbat MS Industrial Engineering, 2019
Developing a computational simulation model for prediction 
and prevention of future emerging infectious diseases


Rebecca Castonguay, Industrial Engineering, B.S. 2019
Honors thesis, Evolving contact network algorithm: 
a new simulation method for modeling HIV, a disease with
low prevalence but a critical public health issue in the US



Tudor Banari, Industrial Engineering, B.S. 2019
Spring 2019, Independent study, 
Reinforcement learning for automated vehicle control


Doga AltinisikM.S. in IEOR, 2019
Project: Analysis of Engineering Job Postings Using Web-Scraping and Machine Learning Predictions; 
Machine learning algorithms for image recognition to detect 
safety issues in a household using security footage;

 Prashant Meckoni PhD Student, Industrial Engineering
Graduate research assistant Fall 2015 -Fall 2016
Developing a methodology for evaluation of alternative
combination intervention strategies for disease intervention


Jiachen Guo,  M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2016
Population estimates of cervical cancer incidence in low and middle
 income countries, Fall 2014- Spring 2016.

Matthew EdenMechanical Engineering, B.S. 2018
Honors thesis, Simulating the spread of HIV in America's drug use population

Rahul Handa,  MS, Computer Science, 2018

Project: Interactive visualization tools for analysis of simulation results of epidemic projections

Doga Altinisik Industrial Engineering, B.S. 2017

Independent Study, Unsupervised learning for clustering of 170 countries on clinical and socioeconomic determinants of cancer burden, Spring 2017

Andrea ArrendendoB.S. Chemical Engineering, 2018

    • Undergraduate Independent Research Study, Review of behavioral and clinical risk factors and integration of common risk factors across multiple non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, Spring 2017

Jen Coppola, Industrial Engineering, B.S. 2016

    • Independent study, Modified network methodology for spread of infectious diseases, Spring 2015;

Alexandra Wrona, Public Health B.S. 2016

  •      Research project, Comparison of mammography screening guidelines globally and literature review of research informing these guidelines

Brooke Herzog, Mathematics B.S. 2016

    • Honors Independent Study, Network modeling for analyzing spread of Ebola disease outbreak, Spring 2015;

Mike McGrath, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2015

    • Independent study, Markov chain modeling of breast cancer progression, Spring 2015;

Nora Murphy, Indusrial Engineering, B.S. 2016

    Honors Independent Study, HIV Modes of Transmission Analysis: Kenya 2014, Fall 2014

Selected Talks

  • Chaitra Gopalappa, PhD, Analyses of national and global strategic plans for disease prevention and control, Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia, National Academy of Sciences, Irvine, California, December 2016 details
  • Buyannemekh Munkhbat* , A multi-dimensional evolving contact network approach for modeling dynamics of contagious disease spread, Poster Presentation, IALS launch event, October 31st, 2016
  • Brooke Herzog* Simulation modeling of disease transmission, Tutorial Session, Summer Engineering Institute (SENGI), July 13th 2015
  • Mike McGrath*,’Methodology for Estimating the Burden of Breast Cancer and Impact of Screening: In Low and Middle Income Countries’, poster presentation, Center for Data Science Launch Symposium, UMass April 9th 2015* Student