Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) announced that Professor Eva Lee has been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Lee is the first IE/OR engineer to be nominated and elected for this honor.
Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers. College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering and medicine research, practice, or education” and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education.”
Lee was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for “contributions in novel cancer therapeutics, vaccine immunogenicity prediction, and public health emergency preparedness with successful implementation and broad impact.”
“Congratulations to Eva on this exciting professional achievement,” said ISyE School Chair Edwin Romeijn. “Her selection as an AIMBE Fellow reflects her significant research using mathematical programming and large-scale computational algorithms to solve important problems across a broad range of fields, including health systems and biomedicine.”
Lee is a professor in ISyE and serves as director of the NSF-Whitaker Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare. She co-directs the NSF I/UCRC Center for Health Organization Transformation. As the first faculty member to be recruited jointly by Georgia Tech and Emory University School of Medicine, she is the Distinguished Scholar in Health Systems.
The hallmark of Lee’s work is scientific and computational advances in transforming organizations and saving lives. Her background in computational and applied math has led her to work in such diverse fields as personalized medicine, chronic diseases, health care quality, modeling and decision support, vaccine research, and national security/preparedness.
As an example of the significant impact of Lee’s exemplary research, she pioneered an intra-operative 3D treatment-planning system for which she and her team received the 2007 Franz Edelman Award. After FDA approval in 2006, intra-operative 3D treatment planning went on to become standard practice in the U.S. and worldwide for treating numerous cancers – including breast, cervical, prostate, and lung.
Lee is passionate and serious about saving lives. Since 2007, she has provided regular consultation to the Directors for Biodefense Policy and Medical Preparedness Policy for the White House National Security Council. The RealOpt system, a software suite developed by Lee for emergency response strategic planning and real-time operations decision support, has been adopted by over 13,000 site users. It has been deployed during disaster response operations, including the Haiti earthquake and the Japan Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disasters.
“I feel extremely honored and humbled to be inducted as an AIMBE Fellow,” Lee said. ”I will work hard to promote STEM education and its intersection with medical and biological innovation. The big-data analytic era opens up enormous opportunities for innovation and for influencing and shaping policies at many levels. I want to bring these opportunities to the young generation through education and outreach.”
A formal induction ceremony was held during the AIMBE Annual Meeting at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC on March 25, 2019. After the induction ceremony, Lee visited Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress, including Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, Senator Johnny Isakson, and Senator David Perdue. During these meetings, Lee had the opportunity to share how her work has led to better health care outcomes and improved response to public health emergencies.
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering