MS&E responds to COVID-19
Updated December 20, 2020
MS&E researchers are using their expertise in data, analysis, and modeling to find solutions to problems brought about during the COVID-19 crisis.
Management Science and Engineering faculty and students are focusing their research efforts on health care, the economy, human rights, government operations, and more. Explore specific projects, content, and events below.
Students create computer models to combat COVID-19 on three continents
As California's shelter-in-place order went into effect in March, Prof. Ashish Goel's thoughts turned both to the teachable moment it presented for his students and to the dire ramifications COVID-19 might have in his native India and other developing nations. Students formed into groups and acted as research advisers to government officials, relationships that are continuing even after the class has finished.Read more
Michael O’Sullivan: Data leads New Zealand’s COVID-19 response
O’Sullivan (PhD '01), now at the University of Auckland, likes to say his business is the “science of decision-making.” The expertise he gained at MS&E paid off handsomely in his native New Zealand’s successful response to COVID-19.
The future of remote work
How organizations transition between remote and in-person work
Profs. Pamela Hinds and Melissa Valentine are conducting research with Slack to understand how organizations transition from a mandatory fully remote workforce under COVID-19 restrictions to a remote-first or hybrid culture as the post-COVID new normal unfolds.
Stay tuned for details on their research.
Are virtual workplaces our future?
Major shifts toward remote work pose new and complex management challenges. Prof. Melissa Valentine and incoming post-doctoral scholar Jen Rhymer discuss why remote work might yield different results when it's suddenly mandatory, as opposed to being ingrained into an organization's culture.Read more
Modeling COVID-19's impact on health
Researchers are developing techniques to estimate bed demand for COVID-related hospitalizations, both within individual hospitals and across geographic regions. Professors Jose Blanchet and Peter Glynn, along with Adjunct Professor David Scheinker and School of Medicine colleagues rapidly implemented tools to help hospital leaders decide when to eliminate elective surgeries, how much acute care and ICU capacity to allocate to COVID-19 patients, and how to stretch out usage of personal protective equipment.
Read more about their COVID-19 calculator, which helps hospitals prepare on a county-by-county basis, and watch their discussion of students' many contributions to early COVID research at the 2021 virtual alumni reunion event.
Stanford Team Uses Data to Help California Track & Prevent COVID-19
PhD student Anneke Claypool is among the Stanford researchers working around the clock to pump data into a new assessment tool that is helping California hospitals and public health officials determine their next moves.Learn more about the CalCAT research project
Stanford PhD Students Investigate Racial Disparities in COVID-19
COVID-19 has hit Black and Hispanic populations harder than most. PhD student Anneke Claypool is among researchers investigating interventions.Read more
Additionally, students are modeling COVID-19 health disparities and the effectiveness of face masks in slowing pandemics, estimating the fraction of COVID-19 cases that are still undetected, and more.
Utilizing mobile data
Prof. Nick Bambos is studying public health monitoring using machine learning to process data collected from mobile phones. And Profs. Ramesh Johari and Amin Saberi have teamed up to develop a post-lockdown contact tracing app. These projects are still being researched and developed.
Measuring social interventions
Prof. Johan Ugander is studying the efficacy of interventions that encourage social distancing, to see which measures are the most effective and which, if any, don't help as much.
How to be a good boss during trying times
How do great leaders lead during times of great uncertainty?
Professor Bob Sutton and Graduate School of Business Professor Huggy Rao shared how leaders can meet the challenge of leading during a crisis in their free webinar, How to Be a Good Boss During Trying Times, hosted April 16, 2020.
They drew on rigorous research and lessons from wise and caring leaders to show bosses how to make, communicate, and implement necessary tough decisions.
Crisis Innovation content series
A crisis is an opportunity to think like an entrepreneur. MS&E's Stanford Technology Ventures Program pulled together video clips, articles and podcast episodes about how innovators find agency amid recessions, disruptions and uncertainties.
Keep an eye out for new content on the Crisis Innovation page. We'll be adding new content as our ETL speakers address the evolving COVID-19 pandemic in real time.
Creativity in a crisis
Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig discussed the creative value of constraints in her webinar, Creativity in a Crisis, hosted by the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.