Amy Cohn

Amy Cohn, Ph.D. 

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering
Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety
Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

2885 IOE Building
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-2117

Office: 734-615-7258; Fax: 734-764-7073

E-mail: amycohn[at]umich[dot]edu

Curriculum Vitae

Biography, Education


Amy Ellen Mainville Cohn is an Alfred F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) at the University of Michigan, where she also holds an appointment in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health. Dr. Cohn is the Associate Director of the University of Michigan Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) and serves on the Institute Leadership Team of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI).

Dr. Cohn joined the faculty at the University of Michigan College of Engineering (CoE) as an Assistant Professor in the Department of IOE in 2002. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2009 and in 2011 she was named a Thurnau Professor as well as being appointed as the Associate Director of CHEPS. She was promoted to Full Professor in 2017.

Her research is primarily in the arena of modeling, analyzing, designing, and optimizing complex large-scale systems. Dr. Cohn began her career in freight transportation and passenger aviation, and over the past decade has progressively focused more on healthcare systems, focusing in part on the commonalities and differences between healthcare and aviation, including safety issues, the impact and propagation of disruptions, and the interactions between people and information technology.

As the founding Associate Director of CHEPS, her mission has been to develop research programs and supporting educational activities to bring together clinical and engineering scholars and students to work in deep collaboration solving real-world problems. She currently leads a lab of roughly fifty students and clinical collaborators, with members from industrial and operations engineering, computer science, biomedical engineering, nursing, public health, emergency medicine, oncology, internal medicine, endocrinology, cardio-thoracic surgery, and more.

In 2015 Dr. Cohn received the College of Engineering Service Excellence award. She currently participates in several IOE, CoE, and UM committees including sitting on the College Executive Committee. She also received the MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award (2014). Dr. Cohn has a role in several research-based committees such as Faculty Representative for the Child Health Evaluation and Research Center as well as Associate Director for the Precision Health Cohort Development.


A.B., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 1991, magna cum laude
Ph.D., Operations Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002