Bio

Professor Amy Cohn is an Associate Professor and Thurnau Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. She is also the Associate Director of the University of Michigan Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety, as well as an Affiliate of the MIT Global Airline Industry Program.

Amy Cohn, PhD, joined the faculty at the University of Michigan College of Engineering as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering in 2002. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2009 and in 2011 she was named a Thurnau Professor as well as being appointed as the Associate Director for the University of Michigan Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety.

Professor Cohn also serves as an Affiliate of the MIT Global Airline Industry Program and is actively involved with INFORMS, AGIFORS, and the Industry Studies Association. Her primary research interest is in robust and integrated planning for large-scale systems, predominantly in healthcare and aviation applications. She also works on a number of other applied research projects, including collaborations in satellite communications and robust network design for power systems.

Her primary teaching interest is in combinatorial optimization techniques, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She currently teaches the undergraduate introduction to optimization course as well as a graduate seminar course in healthcare engineering and patient safety.

She received her Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Operations Research Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 and earned the A.B. in Applied Mathematics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in June, 1991.

She is married to Jonathan Cohn, a senior editor at The New Republic and author of “SICK: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis – And the People Who Pay the Price.” She has two sons, Tommy (an avid Red Sox fan and self-proclaimed science nerd) and Peter (a budding artist and gymnast). They reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan and enjoy vacationing on Cape Cod and in Boston.