Dr. Erica L. Gralla

Guest Researcher

Visiting Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

 

Dr. Erica L. Gralla

Guest Researcher

Visiting Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

 

Dr. Erica Gralla is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at the George Washington University. She completed her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Engineering Systems Division and her B.S.E. at Princeton University in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Gralla studies decision-making in real-world contexts, to develop knowledge and tools for better decisions in the design and operation of complex systems. She draws on methods from systems engineering and operations management to examine how system structure and human behavior affect performance in sociotechnical systems. Recent application areas include disaster response, international development, and spacecraft and facility design, with partners including USAID, FEMA, and NASA.

Professional Experience

Since 2019 Associate Professor, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
Since 2019Research Affiliate, Center for Transportation and Logistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
2012 - 2019   Assistant Professor, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
2012 - 2019Research Affiliate, Center for Transportation and Logistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
2006 - 2012PhD Candidate, Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Education

2012PhD in Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
2006M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
2004  B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
2012 - 2019Research Affiliate, Center for Transportation and Logistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
2006 - 2012PhD Candidate, Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Invited seminars and panels

  • Hoffecker, E., Gralla, Erica, and Goentzel, Jarrod (2021). Mapping, Monitoring, and Evaluating System-Level Change, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 13 April.
  • Gralla, Erica (2020). Humanitarian Transportation Planning: A Behavioral Study of Practice-Driven Heuristics, NSF Operations and Systems Engineering Extreme Event Research (OSEEER) Seminar Series, 13 November.
  • Gralla, Erica (2020). Covid-19 Decision Modeling Initiative, member of key-note panel, Society for Medical Decision Making Annual Meeting, 6 October.
  • Gralla, Erica (2020). New Approaches to Monitoring Complex Agricultural Market Systems, ASME / Research in Global Design: Engineering 4 Change Seminar Series, 12 August.
  • Gralla, Erica (2019). Aid Delivery Planning and Prioritization for International Humanitarian Response, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA, 1 November.
  • Gralla, Erica (2019). Aid Delivery Planning and Prioritization for International Humanitarian Response, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA, 18 October.
  • Szajnfarber, Zoe, Gralla, Erica, Grogan, P., Panchal, J. (2019). Seeking Wind Tunnels and Scale Models for SE&D Research: A Discussion, IISE Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, USA, 18-21 May.
  • Besiou, Maria, Gralla, Erica (2019). Tutorial on Humanitarian Operations Management, Production and Operations Management Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA, 3-6 May.
  • Gralla, Erica, Peters, M. (2019). Approaches for Measuring Relationships and Systematic Change in Complex Systems: A Presentation and a Discussion, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, DC, USA, 17 April.
  • Gralla, Erica (2017). A Framework for Mapping and Measuring Systematic Change: Insights and Lessons from Uganda´s Feed the Future - Value Chain Project, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, DC, USA, 12 October.
  • Gralla, Erica (2017). Models for Supply Chain and Information Management in Humanitarian Emergency Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA, 25 August.
  • Gralla, Erica, Sawyer, J., Grumer, S., and Forsythe, C. (2017). Decision Support Tools for Determining Surge Personnel Levels: Insights from Undergraduate Research Projects, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC, USA, 10 July.
  • Gralla, Erica (2016). Methodology in Engineering Systems, Engineering Systems Symposium CESUN, Washington, DC, USA, 27-29 June.
  • Gralla, Erica, Goentzel, Jarred, and Heier-Stamm, J. (2016). Disaster Response Analytics: Methods and Examples, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC, USA, 2 December.
  • Gralla, Erica (2016). Analytics for Disaster Response: Using and Consuming, FEMA Field Management Workshop (80), Federal Emergency Management Agency, 29 September.
  • Gralla, Erica (2016). Analytics for Disaster Response: Using and Consuming, FEMA Recovery Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC, USA, 22 September.
  • Gralla, Erica (2016). Introduction to the USAID/Uganda FTF-VC Market System Monitoring Activity, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, DC, USA, 9 August.
  • Gralla, Erica (2016). Establishing an Interdisciplinary Career in Engineering Systems, Industrial and Systems Engineering Conference (ISERC), Anaheim, CA, USA, 22-24 May.
  • Gralla, Erica (2016). Analytics for Disaster Response: Using and Consuming, FEMA Analytics Group (30), Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC, USA, 23 March.
  • Gralla, Erica (2015). Human Decision-Making and Problem Formulation in Crisis Response, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY, USA, 9 December.
  • Gralla, Erica (2014). Problem Formulation and Solution in Humanitarian Logistics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, 22 October.
  • Gralla, Erica (2014). Big Data: Filtering Multi-Source Information for Emergency Operations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group Webinar Series, 26 March.
  • Gralla, Erica (2014). Disaster Response Research at George Washington University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, February.
  • Gralla, Erica (2013). Plenary Session at Transportation Research Board Summer Meeting, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, USA, 17-19 July.

Selected Publications