Engineering student wins award at Society of Medical Decision Making conference

December 22, 2022

By Mary Fetzer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Yu-Hsin Chen, doctoral student of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Penn State, won a presentation award at the 44th annual Society of Medical Decision Making Conference held Oct. 23-26 in Seattle.

Chen earned the 2022 Bruce Schackman Award for Outstanding Presentation in Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy Research. The award is one of five of the Lee B. Lusted Student Prizes awarded for outstanding student posters, according to the society’s website.

Chen’s research topic, “Optimize Risk-Based Autism Screening Under Limited Diagnostic Capacity,” was about finding the optimal referral policy during screening — considering a child’s age and predicted risk — to improve early diagnosis for children with autism.

“This award acknowledged our study and strongly encouraged me to keep exploring the possibilities of improving health policies,” Chen said.

“Yu-Hsin’s research presented a new modeling framework to address the fundamental issues in autism screening for young children from a system engineering perspective,” said Qiushi Chen, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering. “The novel approach integrates data analytics, optimization and simulation to account for the diagnostic resource capacity in the healthcare system. Congratulations, Yu-Hsin!”



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