Current Members

Lab Advisers:

Project Assistants (PA's):

Therese Besser

Year in School: MS Student

Graduation Date: December 2018

Reason for joining the lab: I am excited to apply my knowledge of quality control, medical devices, and healthcare to optimize systems and improve quality of care at UW Health. The QSI lab provides the opportunity to implement change and achieve tangible results while working on a team of motivated, passionate engineers.

Lab Projects: Cancer Clinic Chemo Cart 5S, Echo/Vascular Clinic Resource/Room Optimization

Adam Schmidt

Year in School: First Year PhD Student

Graduation Date: May 2022

Reason for joining the lab: I wanted to learn more about the healthcare field and how industrial engineering principles can be applied, hopefully helping someone in the process.

Projects: Transplant Call Center Optimization, Cancer Clinic Start Times, Durable Medical Equipment Standardization, Downtown ED Current State Analysis

Lab Members:

Ryan Behm

Year in School: Senior

Graduation Date: December 2018

Reason for joining the lab: I love being able to apply concepts learned in my course to help people get better care. The project-based work is challenging and allows me to develop professional and technical skills throughout the school year.

Lab Projects: Pediatric to Adult Care Transition, Pain Management Documentation, TAC OR Staffing Model Optimization

Jennifer Murray

Year: Senior

Graduation: May 2019

Reasons for joining the lab: My whole life I knew I wanted to help people through the healthcare industry. When I found the QSI and learned that it allowed me to work on real projects in healthcare before graduation I knew I had to join!

Lab Projects: Inpatient Nursing & Therapy Appointment Workflow, 5S Supply and Store Room Cost Reduction Project, Geriatrics Clinic Process Flow Analysis

Allison Drees

Year in School: Senior

Graduation Date: May 2019

Reasons for joining the lab: This lab gives me an opportunity to use my engineering skills to create a positive impact on people's lives.

Fun Fact: I recently studied abroad in Cuba

Lab Projects: Transplant Call Center Optimization, Pediatric to Adult Care Transition, TAC Sterile Reprocessing Value Stream Assessment

Jack Grahek

Year in school: Junior

Graduation Date: May 2020

Reasons for joining the lab: I have seen the amazing impacts that continuous improvements have on the healthcare industry, and I am very fortunate to have this opportunity of implementing long-lasting change alongside my fantastic team members that impact the lives of patients, doctors, and nurses.

Lab Projects: Inpatient Nursing & Therapy Appointment Workflow, Downtown ED Current State Analysis

Emily Laborde

Year in school: Senior

Graduation Date: December 2019

Reasons for joining the lab: No matter what I involve myself in, helping others has always been of extreme importance to me. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to use my knowledge to help those involved in a healthcare setting, while also learning a tremendous amount about such an essential and impactful field.

Lab Projects: Echo/Vascular Clinic Resource/Room Optimization

Huifeng (Derrick) Su

Year in school: Junior

Graduation Date: May 2020

Reasons for joining the lab: I love helping others, and I found it fascinating to optimize health systems with engineering mindset. I want to be part of the process during which both health professionals and patients can be benefited.

Lab Projects: TAC OR Staffing Model Optimization

Hannah Lein

Year in school: Junior

Graduation Date: May 2020

Reasons for joining the lab: After interning at a nuclear pharmacy over winter break I knew I was interested in exploring where industrial engineers fit into the healthcare industry. I also had spent some time looking into different consulting positions, and when a spot opened up for the QSI lab it was exactly what I was looking for.

Lab Projects: TAC Sterile Reprocessing Value Stream Assessment

Meghan Meredith

Year in school: Junior

Graduation Date: May 2020

Reasons for joining the lab: I want to learn more about the healthcare system while getting the opportunity to improve it because healthcare has such an impact on individuals’ lives. I also am excited to apply my education in a meaningful way.

Lab Projects: Geriatrics Clinic Process Flow Analysis

Erica Calvache

Year in school: Junior

Graduation Date: December 2020

Reasons for joining the lab: Reducing medical error in the American Healthcare system has been a goal of mine for several years. The QSI Lab will allow me to gain a first hand experience in the field and truly make a difference in the world of healthcare.

Lab Projects: Downtown ED Current State Analysis