PhD Spotlight: Rozhin Doroudi, PhD’20 – Industrial Engineering
While pursuing her PhD in Industrial Engineering, Rozhin Doroudi leveraged artificial intelligence techniques to understand behavior of human decision makers in a pharmaceutical supply chain and how these behaviors drive drug shortages. She modeled a pharmaceutical supply chain with boundedly rational artificial decision makers capable of reasoning about the motivations and behaviors of others. Such realistic models of human behavior enable studying the effects of trust dynamics in disrupted supply chains. She also focused on another important aspect of pharmaceutical supply chains as part of healthcare systems: equity. She demonstrated how coordination between supply chain decision makers can result in a more equitable system. In her last chapter, Doroudi used Deep Reinforcement Learning to suggest inventory replenishment policies for healthcenters.
During her PhD, Doroudi published two first-author papers and was co-author of another paper. She also presented her research at prestigious conferences. She received the Yaman Yener Memorial Graduate Scholarship from Northeastern University College of Engineering in 2019.
Doroudi was president of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) student chapter for a year and half. During this time the student chapter won INFORMS 2017 cum laude best student chapter award and Doroudi won the Judith Liebman Award for leading the student chapter. She was also awarded the Alfred J. Ferretti Excellence in Leadership Award in Spring of 2020.
During her graduate program, Doroudi worked as a data scientist intern at Liberty Mutual Insurance for two summers. After receiving her PhD, she joined Liberty Mutual Insurance as a data scientist.