Nathan Bastian is a leader, practitioner, researcher and educator of quantitative, economic, computational and data-driven methods to improve operational processes, decision-making, performance, and management in healthcare delivery systems. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in industrial engineering and operations research in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, researching under the guidance of Dr. Paul M. Griffin and Dr. Harriet B. Nembhard. He will defend his Ph.D. dissertation in December 2015.
He holds an M.Eng. degree in industrial engineering from Penn State, as well as an M.S. degree in econometrics and operations research from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Nathan is a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, earning a B.S. degree in engineering management with honors. One of the main reasons why Nathan came to Penn State for his doctoral training was to actively participate in the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS). He was interested in working with CIHDS given its mission to advance transformation in health systems through applied research with a focus on creating healthcare solutions through collaborative research, education and outreach. As part of the CIHDS team, Nathan has worked on research projects sponsored by the NSF I/UCRC Center for Health Organization Transformation (NSF-CHOT) related to operational efficiency and improvement analytics, health information technology, and health informatics. His research with CIHDS has focused on evaluating financial incentives to reduce healthcare acquired infections, along with leveraging statistical learning and electronic medical records for healthcare market segmentation to improve health promotion.
Nathan is an experienced decision scientist, co-authoring over 25 journal articles, one book chapter on health and humanitarian logistics, and one textbook on healthcare systems engineering. His research interests include resource allocation optimization under uncertainty, productivity analysis and efficiency/performance measurement, social network analysis and graph mining in complex networks, cost-effectiveness analysis and econometric modeling of public policy interventions, multiple criteria decision engineering, and predictive analytics.
He also conducts research with the Center for Healthcare Systems Re-engineering at Geisinger Health System, as well as the Pittsburgh Veterans Engineering Resource Center at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Nathan serves on the Adjunct Faculty for the M.S. in Predictive Analytics at Northwestern University, as well as the M.S. in Data Analytics at the City University of New York. As a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Department, Nathan serves as a Healthcare Operations Research Analyst.
Among his many academic and professional recognitions, Nathan received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for his doctorate studies, as well as a U.S. Department of State J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship for his previous graduate studies. He received the Gilbreth Memorial Fellowship from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the Seth Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the Wayne P. Hughes Junior Analyst Award from the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). Nathan attended the Doctoral Student Colloquium for both the INFORMS and IIE annual conferences.