Kayse Lee Maass, PhD
Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Dept. of Health Sciences Research
Information and Decision Engineering Program
Kayse Lee Maass is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and leads the Operations Research and Social Justice lab at Northeastern University. She also currently holds a research appointment with the Information and Decision Engineering Program at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Maass’s research focuses on the application of operations research methodology to social justice, access, and equity issues within human trafficking, mental health, housing, and supply chain contexts. Her work is supported by multiple National Science Foundation grants, centers interdisciplinary survivor-informed expertise, and has been used to inform policy and operational decisions at the local, national, and international levels.
Dr. Maass earned a PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) from the University of Michigan and completed her postdoctoral studies as a Research Associate in the Department of Health Sciences Research at the Mayo Clinic. She is a recipient of multiple awards, including: the INFORMS Judith Liebman Award, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award, INFORMS Section on Location Analysis Dissertation Award (Runner Up) and Student Paper Competition Award (Finalist), Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research, IOE Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and Joel and Lorraine Brown Graduate Student Instructor of the Year Award. Dr. Maass currently serves on the INFORMS Subdivision Council, as the INFORMS Section on Location Analysis Secretary, and is a member of the H.E.A.L. Trafficking Research Committee.
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Dr. Maass' primary research focuses on the application of operations research methodology to social justice, access, and equity issues within supply chain, humanitarian logistics, and healthcare contexts. She is particularly interested in using her technical background to address human trafficking and mental health issues, and currently leads numerous related transdisciplinary research efforts.