People

Jarrod Goentzel, Founder and Director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab
Ph.D. School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. Applied Mathematics, Colorado State University
B.A. Mathematics, Tabor College with studies at the Technical University of Budapest
E-mail: goentzel@mit.edu

 

Courtney Blair, Research Consultant
M.Sc., Economics and Philosophy, 2011, London School of Economics and Political Science
A.B., Economics, 2010, Harvard College
Email: clblair@post.harvard.edu
Courtney is an economist and entrepreneur based in Uganda, supporting the USAID/Uganda | Feed the Future - Value Chain | Market System Monitoring Activity.

 

Mark Brennan, Research Assistant
S.M. Technology and Policy Candidate, 2016
M.Sc. Mathematical Modeling, 2014, University of Limerick
B.A. Applied Mathematics, International Studies, 2012, Johns Hopkins University
E-mail: mbrenn@mit.edu
Mark is studying grain storage in Uganda.

 

Jaya Chimnani, Research Associate
B.S., Biology, College of William and Mary, 1994
M.P.H, International Health and Development, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1999
E-mail: JayaChim@mit.edu
Jaya leads the implementation of supply chain solutions for the ACCEL (Academic Consortium Combatting Ebola in Liberia) Project.

 

Olumurejiwa Fatunde, Research Consultant
M.Sc., Health Economics, 2013, London School of Economics
A.B., Biomedical Engineering, 2012, Harvard University
E-mail: ofatunde@mit.edu

 

 

Erica Gralla, Research Affiliate
Assistant Professor of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering and Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management, George Washington University
Ph.D., S.M., Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S.E., Princeton University
Email: egralla@gwu.edu

Erin Hasselberg, Research Affiliate
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health
S.M., Population and International Health, 2003, Harvard School of Public Health
B.S., Community Health-Health Planning and Administration, 2001, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
E-mail: erinhass@mit.edu
Erin is the Project Director of Evaluation of Access Accelerated and the Director of Pharmaceuticals Certificate Program. Erin also led MIT's engagement in the ACCEL (Academic Consortium Combatting Ebola in Liberia) project.

 

Katie Picchione, Research Assistant
S.M. Technology and Policy Candidate, 2018
B.S Mechanical Engineering/ Society, Technology, and Policy, 2016, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
E-mail: krpic@mit.edu
Katie is studying systemic change in Uganda's agricultural market system and is working on the USAID/ Uganda | Feed the Future - Value Chain | Market System Monitoring Activity.

 

Tim Russell, Manager and Research Associate
M.Eng. Supply Chain Management, MIT
B.S. Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
E-mail: trussell@mit.edu
Tim is responsible for the HRL’s engagement in the USAID/Uganda | Feed the Future -  Value Chain | Market System Monitoring Activity.

 

Michael Veatch, Visiting Scholar
Professor of Mathematics, Gordon College
Ph.D. Operations Research, MIT
​E-mail: veatchm@mit.edu

 


 

 

Lab Alumni

Jaime Andrés Castañeda, Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Economics, 2013, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Lugano)
M.S., Systems Engineering, 2009, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
B.S., Systems and Informatics Engineering, 2007, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
E-mail: castanej@mit.edu
Jaime studied prepositioning under budget constraints, and his CV can be found here.

Tim Breitbach, Postdoctoral Fellow
Assistant Professor, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
PhD., Institute for Data, Systems and Society, 2017, MIT
M.S., Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2012, AFIT
E-mail: timothy.breitbach@afit.edu.
Tim is an Assistant Professor in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Division of the Department of Operational Sciences at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).

 

Corinne Carland, Research Assistant
S.M., Technology and Policy, 2015, MIT
B.S., Chemical Engineering and Biology, 2013, MIT
E-mail: ccarland@mit.edu
Corinne studied rapid diagnostic tests in Uganda and studied water filters in India.

 

Emily Gooding, Research Assistant
S.M. Technology and Policy Candidate, 2016
B.S., Polymer & Fiber Engineering, 2014, Georgia Institute of Technology
E-mail: egooding@mit.edu
Emily studied grain storage in Uganda and Ebola PPE standards.  

 

Marianne Jahre, Fulbright Fellow
Professor, BI Norwegian Business School and Lund University
Ph.D., Logistics, 1995, Chalmers University of Technology
E-mail: mjahre@mit.edu

 

Erin Reissman, Research Assistant
M.B.A., 2015, Sloan School of Management, MIT
B.S. Mathematical Decision Science, 2007, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

E-mail: reissman@mit.edu
She studied and wrote a case on water filters in India

 

Lauren Seelbach, Research Assistant
S.M., Technology and Policy, 2015, MIT
B.S., Civil Engineering, 2010, Syracuse University

E-mail: seelbach@mit.edu
Lauren studied a framework for assessing disaster response capacity and novel data sources for post-disaster information gathering

 

Karn Budhiraj

Vidya Chander

Ira Haavisto

Christine Heberley

Sujin Kim

Gina Malaver

Julia Moline

Marie-Eve Rancourt

Colin Regnier

Lauren Shear

Javed Singha

Gabriel de la Torre