Kayse Lee Maass

Assistant Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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  • 321 SN
  • 617.373.3629

Research Focus

Stochastic optimization, network theory, facility location modeling, and supply chain design for applications regarding equity, access, human trafficking, mental health, and humanitarian logistics

About

Dr. Maass’s research focuses on advancing operations research methodology to improve applicability to social justice, access, and equity issues within human trafficking, mental health, housing, and food justice contexts. Her recent research includes determining how to most effectively allocate limited resources to disrupt human trafficking networks, increase access to services for human trafficking survivors, and assess the efficacy of coordination among anti-human trafficking stakeholders. Dr. Maass’s research is supported by multiple federal grants, centers interdisciplinary survivor-informed expertise, and has been used to inform policy and operational decisions at the local, national, and international levels, including being featured in the 2019 United Nations Report of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.

In addition to her role as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, she leads the Operations Research and Social Justice lab at Northeastern University and holds a research appointment with the Information and Decision Engineering Program at Mayo Clinic. She is a recipient of multiple awards, including: the INFORMS Judith Liebman Award, Industrial Engineering Professor of the Year at Northeastern University, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award, the INFORMS Section on Location Analysis Dissertation Award, and was named a ‘Rising Star’ among INFORMS’ Powerful, Pragmatic Pioneers. Dr. Maass currently serves on the INFORMS Subdivision Council, as INFORMS Section on Location Analysis Secretary, and as an INFORMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ambassador. She is also a member of the H.E.A.L. Trafficking Research Committee and the U.N. University Delta 8.7 Markets Working Group on Human Trafficking.

Education

  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Industrial and Operations Engineering, 2017
  • BA, Bethel University, Mathematics, 2012
  • BA, Bethel University, Physics, 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Industrial Engineering Professor of the Year, Northeastern University, 2020
  • Global Conference on Human Trafficking and Trauma Best Research Abstract, 2019
  • “Rising Star” among INFORMS’ Powerful, Pragmatic Pioneers
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • INFORMS Judith Liebman Award

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)
  • Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)
  • Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
  • Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage (HEAL) Trafficking

Research Overview

Stochastic optimization, network theory, facility location modeling, and supply chain design for applications regarding equity, access, human trafficking, mental health, and humanitarian logistics

Operations Research and Social Justice Lab

The Operations Research Lab focuses on advancing operations research methodology to improve applicability to social justice, access, and equity issues within human trafficking, mental health, housing, and food justice contexts.

Selected Research Projects

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Selected Publications

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Graduate

Apr 26, 2021

Congratulations RISE: 2021 Winners

Congratulations to our engineering students who won awards at the RISE:2021 Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo!

Kayse Lee Maass

Faculty

Jan 29, 2021

Modeling Effective Network Disruptions for Human Trafficking

MIE Assistant Professor Kayse Lee Maass is a co-principal investigator on a five-year collaborative $1M NSF grant titled “Modeling Effective Network Disruptions for Human Trafficking.”

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Students

Nov 18, 2020

Alex Bender Finalist for INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

Industrial engineering student Alex Bender, E’20, was named as a finalist of the 2020 INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize for his paper titled “Estimating Effectiveness of Identifying Human Trafficking Victims: An Application of Data Envelopment Analysis on the Nepal–India Border.”

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Faculty

Nov 02, 2020

Effective Strategies to Disrupt Recruitment of Human Trafficking Victims

MIE Assistant Professor Kayse Lee Maass and CSSH Professor Amy Farrell are co-principal investigators of a $759K National Institute of Justice grant titled “Identification of Effective Strategies to Disrupt Recruitment of Victims in Human Trafficking: Qualitative Data, Systems Modeling, Survivors and Law Enforcement.”

Faculty

Apr 11, 2020

FY21 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 19 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY21 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 13 different projects.

Jan 27, 2020

Spring 2020 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Congratulations to the COE student recipients of the Spring 2020 PEAK Experiences Awards. The PEAK Experiences Awards are a progressively structured sequence of opportunities designed to support learners as they continue climbing to new heights of achievement in undergraduate research and creative endeavor throughout their Northeastern journeys. BASE CAMP AWARDS Developing HPLC Methods for Characterizing […]

Faculty

Sep 26, 2019

Maass Mentioned in United Nations Report on Modern Slavery

MIE Assistant Professor Kayse Lee Maass’s research on disrupting human trafficking was mentioned in a recent United Nations report titled “Current and emerging forms of slavery: Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences.”

Faculty

Aug 27, 2019

Maass Awarded NSF Grant to Study Resource Allocation to Disrupt Human Trafficking Networks

MIE Assistant Professor Kayse Lee Maass is a co-principal investigator on a $535K NSF grant, titled, “ISN2: Disrupting Human Trafficking via Needs Matching and Capacity Expansion.”

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Faculty

Aug 26, 2019

Maass Receives NSF Award to Address Labor Trafficking in the Agricultural Sector

MIE Assistant Professor Kayse Maass (PI), Shawn Bhimani (co-PI), Visiting Assistant Professor in D’Amore-McKim School of Business’s Supply Chain and Information Management Group, and Amy Farrell (co-PI), associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and co-director of the Violence and Justice Research Lab, received a $574K grant from the NSF for “ISN2: Coordinated Interdiction for Disruption of Labor Trafficking in the Agricultural Sector.”

Faculty

Feb 08, 2019

Using Industrial Engineering Principles to Combat Human Trafficking

MIE Assistant Professor Kayse Lee Maass is using her industrial engineering expertise and supply-chain models to help experts combat human trafficking.

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