Chaitra Gopalappa, PhDAssistant Professor in Industrial Engineering, and Commonwealth Honors College,                                                                Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    •             chaitrag(at)umass(dot)edu


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,  MS Student, Industrial Engineering, 2017-current

      • Graduate research assistant: 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.



 Autumn Phaneuf, MS student, 2019- current

Graph theory and network modeling



Visiting Graduate Fellow 

Hanisha Tatapudi, Visiting Research Fellow, UMass Amherst, 2019; 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, 2017-current

A new Markov processes methodology for identifying screening strategies for breast cancer in low- and middle- income countries: Application to Peru



Buyannemekh Munkhbat,  PhD Student, Industrial Engineering, 2015-current Graduate research assistant: Developing a computational simulation model for prediction and prevention of future emerging infectious diseases, Fall 2015 –



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

    Graduate research assistant, 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