Healthcare Systems Engineering

Quality and Productivity Research Laboratory

The Quality and Productivity Research Laboratory (QPRL) conducts theoretic and applied research in statistical quality control, experimental design, process improvement, and probabilistic optimization in a wide range of industrial healthcare and service applications. Recent projects have focused on statistical characterization of healthcare quality and patient safety, optimal cancer screening policies, statistical process control methods for rare events, powdered metal production processes, experimental design in the printed circuit board industry, inspection error and multiple inspection cost models, and new innovative approaches to multi-response optimization and data envelopment analysis.

The lab maintains collaborative relationships with many associates from academia and industry, with funding for past and current research from the National Science Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, NIH, and various industry partners. Various QPRL qprlmembers hold joint appointments, Board positions, associations or editorial positions with the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Society for Health Systems, Raytheon's Six Sigma Institute, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and numerous professional journals.