Department of Civil Engineering Welcomes Prof. Lauren Gardner and Prof. Kimia Ghobadi
We are pleased to announce the hire of two new faculty members!
In January of 2019, Dr. Lauren Gardner will join us as an Associate Professor. Prior to joining JHU she was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Research Fellow in the School of Public Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney. She remains a leading member of the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI), and Visiting Scientist at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Dr. Gardner has successfully led interdisciplinary research efforts on the emerging topic of bio-secure mobility, which utilizes network optimization and mathematical modeling to improve our understanding of disease spreading patterns and risk. Her work has resulted in several core methodological developments and innovative solution techniques which have progressed the state of the art in global epidemiological risk assessment. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on network modeling and transport systems.
Also in 2019, Dr. Kimia Ghobadi will join the department as an Assistant Professor. Prior to JHU, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management and worked on a variety of projects, many in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research interests include healthcare operations, medical decision making, mathematical modeling, real-time algorithms, mixed-integer programming, and inverse optimization.
Both Gardner and Ghobadi will be a part of the Center of Systems Science and Engineering, a core part of our Systems area of research.