Eric Swenson is a leader, researcher, and educator. Prior to returning to Penn State, he served in various leadership roles in the US Army. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University where his research efforts focus on the improvement of operational processes, performance, value improvement, and management in healthcare delivery systems. He is studying to earn a dual title degree in operations research and industrial engineering under the guidance of Dr. Harriet Nembhard and Dr. Conrad Tucker. He is scheduled to defend his dissertation in the Spring of 2017 and graduate in May 2017.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Eric is an active member of two healthcare focused research centers: the National Science Foundation Center for Health Organization Transformation (NSF-CHOT) and the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS). He also serves as the Vice President of the Penn State student chapter of INFORMS and is a student leader in IEGA, the department’s industrial engineering graduate association.
Eric returned to Penn State in 2014 to begin his PhD studies after a six year hiatus from graduate school. During his break, he taught calculus and probability and statistics at the United States Military Academy for two years and spent three years serving in a US Army combat engineer battalion in Bamberg, Germany. Although his healthcare research was put on hold after graduating in 2008, it was CIHDS and its mission to advance transformation in health systems through applied research with a focus on creating healthcare solutions through collaborative research, education and outreach that drew him back to Penn State for his PhD.
As part of the CIHDS team, Eric has worked on three research projects sponsored by the NSF I/UCRC Center for Health Organization Transformation (NSF-CHOT). The first project involves the use of smart interventions and technology to improve health outcomes in total joint arthroplasty. The second project leverages statistical learning and electronic medical records for healthcare market segmentation to improve health promotion. His third project deals with the evolution and implementation of value based purchasing models in healthcare.