Eva K. Lee, Ph.D.

Eva K. Lee, Ph.D.

Eva K. Lee, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was recently selected to serve a three-year term as one of the 13-members of the National Preparedness & Response Science Board (NPRSB), providing advice to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to the White House. 

An active member of INFORMS, Professor Lee’s work on biodefense and emergency medicine began in 2003 with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC,) working on population protection against bioterrorism and pandemic. Her work in this domain has since been supported with funding from the CDC, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (classified) and the National Science Foundation. 

In addition, Professor Lee has served on several committees at the Institute of Medicine and assisted the White House in the Haiti earthquake response. Professor Lee was on the ground in Fukushima for the radiological emergency response in Japan in the wake of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and she was involved in the more recent efforts assisting the battle against Ebola in West Africa. She has advised the White House Biodefense Policy Directors since 2007, spanning both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Within the INFORMS community, Professor Lee received the 2006 Pierskalla Award for research excellence in the field of healthcare management science, was a finalist for the Wagner Prize in 2009 for excellence in operations research practice, and her work on behalf of a CDC project was a 2012 finalist for the Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. 

Professor Lee and the other new members of the NPRSB were approved by HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and sworn-in during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.