Justin J. Boutilier is a postdoctoral associate in the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). While at CTL, Justin will lead the FEMA-sponsored project with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that focuses on private sector supply chain resiliency, adaptability, and preparedness during natural disasters.
Justin’s research interests involve combining optimization and machine learning to improve the quality, access, and delivery of health care. Justin is particularly interested in health applications in low and middle income countries and has led projects in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Hyderabad, India. Justin is also actively pursuing drone delivery applications in health care, such as using drones to deliver defibrillators to cardiac arrest incidents.
Justin received his PhD in Industrial Engineering (Operations Research) under the supervision of Prof. Timothy Chan at the University of Toronto. His dissertation focused on emergency medical service response optimization in both developed and developing countries. Prior to his PhD, Justin received a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Mathematics, Statistics, and Economics from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
After spending a year at CTL, Justin will begin a faculty position in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.