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.

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, 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

 

Michael Windle, Research Associate
M.B.A., University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, 2017
M.P.A., Harvard Kennedy School, 2017
B.A. Government, University of Texas at Austin
E-mail: mwindle@mit.edu
Michael does research on post-disaster housing supply chains in the United States.


 

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
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 of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Department of Operational Sciences at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).

 

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

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, 2016 MIT
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.

Ira Haavisto, Research Assistant
Ph.D. Hanken School of Economics, 2014
E-mail: ira.haavisto@hanken.fi
Ira studied Humanitarian Logistics Performance Measurement and Management and is co-editor in chief of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management and teaches supply chain management and social responsibility at Hanken School of Economics in Finland.

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

 

Julia Moline, Research Assistant
S.M. Technology and Policy, MIT, 2014
B.A. Economics, Columbia University, 2013
B.S. Civil Engineering, Columbia University, 2008
Julia is a Performance Lead at FEMA.

Marie-Eve Rancourt, Research Assistant
Ph.D. Management Science, Université de Montréal - HEC Montréal, 2011
B.S. Mathematics, University of Montreal
Marie-Eve studied Cost Drivers in Food Aid Transportation and is now an Assistant Professor at HEC Montréal.

 

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.


 

Supply Chain Management Student Alumni

Karn Budhiraj, Research Assistant
MNG. Engineering System Division (ESD), 2010
B.S.E Industrial and Operating Engineering, University of Michigan, MI
E-mail: karnb@alum.mit.edu
Karn studied Private Supply Chains in Disaster Response. Karn is also interested in ERP packages and e-procurement.

Vidya Chander, Research Assistant
MNG. ESD - Engineering System Division (ESD), 2009
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
E-mail: vchander@alum.mit.edu
Vidya studied Humanitarian Food Aid in Less Secure Regions. Vidya is also interested in Humanitarian Logistics, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

Christine Heberley, Research Assistant
MNG Engineering System Division (ESD), 2010
B.S. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Webb Institute, NY
Christine studied Forecasting Demand for Partners in Health. Christine is also interested in Supply Chain Optimization, Supply Chain Planning, shipping, and shipbuilding.

Christina Sujin Kim, Research Assistant
MNG Engineering System Division (ESD), 2010
E-mail: christina.kim@alum.mit.edu
Christina studied WFP's Transportation Corridor Capacity in Ethiopia. Christina is also interested in Retail and Consumer Products, and Supply Chain Strategy and Consulting.

Gina Malaver, Research Assistant
MNG. ESD - Engineering System Division (ESD), 2009
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Florida International University, FL
Gina studied Optimizing a WFP Warehouse in Ethiopia. Gina is also interested in International Logistics, International Development, Social Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain Optimization.

Colin Regnier, Research Assistant
MNG. ESD - Engineering System Division (ESD), 2009
B.S., Operations Management & Finance (Minor in International Business), University of Delaware, DE
Colin studied Optimizing a WFP Warehouse in Ethiopia. Colin is also interested in Supply Chain Transformation,
Supply Chain Talent Management, and Decision Science applications in the Supply Chain.

Lauren Shear Zinner, Research Assistant
MNG. ESD - Engineering System Division (ESD), 2009
B.S. Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University, VA
Lauren studied Humanitarian Food Aid in Less Secure Regions. Lauren was also Deputy Country Director in Liberia for the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

Javed Singha, Research Assistant
MNG Engineering System Division (ESD), 2010
M.B.A. Cornell University
B.S. University of Connecticut
Javed studied WFP's Transportation Corridor Capacity in Ethiopia. Javed is also the Founder of FieldWire and is interested in Real Estate Developers and Operators.

Gabriel de la Torre, Research Assistant
MNG Engineering System Division (ESD), 2010
B.S. Information Systems Engineering, Monterrey Tech, Mexico
Gabriel studied Private Supply Chains in Disaster Response. Gabriel is also interested in Supply Chain Planning and Operations, Customer Experience, Demand Fulfillment.