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  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2008
  • M.S.-MBA, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 2003
  • B.S., University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1999

  • Methods: Multiscale Decision Making (Wikipedia): Decision Making in Complex Systems and Organizations Across Multiple Organizational, Temporal and Informational Scales, Game Theory, Mechanism Design Theory, Markov Decision Processes, Information Science, Decision Analysis, Multi-Agent Systems
  • Applications: Manufacturing and Service Enterprise Systems, Healthcare Systems, Medical Technologies, Unmanned Vehicles, Energy

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Dr. Christian Wernz is an Assistant Professor at the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is the director of the Multiscale Decision Making (MSDM) Laboratory. He received his doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, in 1999 and 2003, respectively.

Dr. Wernz is known for his foundational work on multiscale decision theory (MSDT) and his ongoing contributions to its theory and applications. MSDT allows for the modeling and analysis of complex systems that exhibit multi-level, multi-period, and stochastic interactions among and between decision-makers and their environment. MSDT is a modeling framework that incorporates game theory, mechanism design theory, Markov decision processes, information science, and multi-agent systems. Dr. Wernz has applied MSDT to manufacturing and service operations, management systems, supply chain management, and healthcare.

Current research efforts are focused on healthcare systems analysis. Dr. Wernz and his students seek to improve operational and strategic decision-making at hospitals, in particular pertaining to medical technologies and electronic health records. Dr. Wernz also conducts research in health policy, studying the effects of incentives and payment innovations for the U.S. healthcare system.

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute of the American College of Radiology, Carilion Clinic, the Virginia Tech Institute of Critical Technologies and Applied Science (ICTAS), and numerous industry partners, such as Rolls-Royce.

Prior to joining academia, he worked with various industries in an industrial engineering capacity. He had stints with BorgWarner of Heidelberg, Germany, McKinsey & Company of Frankfurt, Germany, Hardigg Industries of South Deerfield, MA, and Loyalty-Partner and BMW, both of Munich, Germany. He also interned at the Max-Planck Institute for Physics in Heidelberg, Germany.

last updated: AUGUST 2014