Swann Named Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Professor
Posted June 22, 2011
| Atlanta, GA
Julie Swann has been named
the Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Professor, effective July 1, 2011. The Nash professorship was created through an
endowment established by H. Ronald Nash (IE 1970), Deborah Nash Harris (IE
1978) and Michael R. Nash (IE 1974), the children of Mary Anne and Harold R. Nash (EE 1952), in honor of their parents.
“As children of Harold and
Mary Anne Nash it has been our pleasure to see all of the great work being done
at Georgia Tech in the field of humanitarian logistics,” said Ron Nash. “This important area of study is poised to
bring incredible benefits to those people displaced in disasters as we learn
how to become far more efficient in getting the right resources to those who
need them the most. Dr. Julie Swann has done pioneering work in this area
and shows the promise of far more valuable breakthroughs in the future.
We are excited to be able to reward her achievement and to support her future
research and scholarship by having her named as the Harold R. and Mary Anne
Nash Professor at Georgia Tech.”
Julie Swann is an associate professor, and co-director and co-founder of the
Health and Humanitarian Logistic Center.
Professor Swann, along with the other Center co-directors Özlem Ergun
and Pinar Keskinocak, share the goal of positively impacting society through
advances in science and technology. They
have developed an astute awareness of the issues associated in areas such as health
systems, humanitarian response, and education in these fields.
am truly honored to have been chosen for this professorship,” said Swann.
“I am dedicated to having a societal impact through health and humanitarian
research, and I'm delighted to partner with the Nash family in furthering these
causes. Their support will help further the role that operations research and
industrial engineering can have in improving society.”
Swann originally planned to apply her interest in science toward a medical
career until she discovered OR/MS, where she could use her mathematical skills
to improve systems or processes. She received
her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in
1996 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences
from Northwestern in 1998 and 2001, respectively.
Dr. Swann focuses on developing models and analytical methods to solve
problems in logistics and supply chain management and inform decisions in
health systems and policymaking. Dr. Swann’s research areas intersect in
her work in humanitarian supply chains. In this area, she is developing
educational and outreach programs to governmental and non-governmental
organizations that are involved in planning for and responding to short- and
long-term humanitarian crises. Recent collaborations have been to improve
planning and response to pandemic influenza and to design supply chains and
prepositioning of inventory in global humanitarian supply chains. She has
worked with numerous organizations including the American Red Cross, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Georgia, The Home
Depot, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Waffle House, and the
World Health Organization. In 2004 she received an NSF CAREER award, and
in 2009-2010 she was also on loan as a Senior Science Advisor to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention with the Preparedness and Modeling Unit and
working on the H1N1 response.
The Nash family has a longstanding and deep connection to Georgia Tech,
having had three generations educated here and launched into successful
careers. All three of the siblings, who
followed in their father’s footsteps, have had children of their own graduate
from Tech. Deborah’s son, Andrew Willingham, got a master’s in music technology
in 2010. Ron’s son, David Nash, received two degrees in 2003, in mechanical
engineering and international affairs. Mike is the father of two Tech alums,
Jennifer Tench, Arch 02, and Michael Nash Jr., MS OR 05.
The fourth Nash sibling, Mary Alice, continued the family Tech tradition by
marrying Arthur Ivey, CE 81, and having a son, Benjamin Ivey, who is a current
Tech student majoring in chemical engineering.