Yuan Zhou (Ph.D., M.B.A.) is an Assistant Professor of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her major research areas focus on healthcare delivery systems, complex system modeling, continuous process improvement, agent-based simulation, and lean six sigma. Her previous work includes simulation-based infectious disease modeling, mathematical model-based nursing workload assessment, electronic health record interoperability evaluation using discrete-event simulation, and home care data analytics.
Yuan Zhou is particularly interested in developing advanced models, which integrate mathematical model, agent-based simulation and data analytics, to investigate infectious disease dynamics, support disease policy establishment, and optimize health resource allocation. In the past several years, Dr. Zhou has been working extensively with healthcare organizations and manufacturing companies. She helped implement several engineering methods and tools to identify operational bottlenecks, improve processes efficiency and quality, and design facility layouts. Her work has appeared in Informatics in Primary Care, The Journal of Emergency Medicine, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, and Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. She is an active member of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).