Monica Villareal

Ph.D. Student
Georgia Institute of Technology

Monica Villarreal is a Ph.D. student in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. In 2003 she received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. She joined the logistics unit of FEMSA, the biggest beverage company in Latin America, before coming to Georgia Tech to complete her M.S. in Industrial Engineering in 2006. Before returning to Georgia Tech for her Ph.D. degree in the fall of 2008, she worked as a supply chain consultant in Latin America. Her research interests include humanitarian and healthcare applications of operations research and management science. As a Ph.D. student, she has had the opportunity to work with local and regional hospitals such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Monica supported the organization of the Humanitarian Logistics Conference in the past and has developed a case study on the role of the private sector in humanitarian logistics, as well as performing research on health and humanitarian logistics topics such as debris collection and management, cholera prevention and response, hospital operations improvement, etc.