Current Members

Lab Advisers:

Project Assistants (PA's):

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, Room Turnover Analysis

Ryan Behm

Year in School: MS Student

Graduation Date: December 2019

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

Lab Members:

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, Analysis of Disruptions During Pediatric Sedations


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, UNC/WT Urgent Care Patient Flow Optimization

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, External Services Communication Streamline

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, Analysis of Disruptions During Pediatric Sedations


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, External Services Communication Streamline

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, TAC OR Staffing Model Optimization,

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, UNC/WT Urgent Care Patient Flow Optimization

Rachel Raasch

Year in school: Junior

Graduation Date: May 2020

Reasons for joining the lab: I hope to use my passion for healthcare and process improvement to help people directly while making a positive impact on one of the United States’ largest and most crucial industries.

Lab Projects: Room Turnover Analysis