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Two Clarkson University Business Undergrads Recognized for Their Research
Clarkson University School of Business juniors Madison Shea and Aady Balasubramanian teamed up to write a research paper, "Applications of Agile Project Management to Improve Post-Disaster Routine Care to Chronologically Ill Patients," that has been accepted for publication and earned them an invitation to the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers conference to be held May 20 to 23 in Pittsburgh.
Shea is an engineering & management major from Clifton Park, N.Y. Balasubramanian majors in innovation & entrepreneurship and is from Belle Mead, N.J.
The honor was two years in the making, but it still comes early to the undergrads. The women did their research with Assistant Professor of Engineering & Management Amir Mousavian. When they were sophomores, they came to him seeking the opportunity to do research. He asked them to find an idea to apply to project management -- meaning to solve a problem -- and make a difference in healthcare.
"Post-disaster treatment of patients fits the project management concept. They did the study, explored the specifics, proved the necessity of this research topic, found the appropriate methodology to tackle the problem, and wrote the paper," Mousavian said. "When they started, they were sophomores, and did not have much research experience, but they were self-motivated and did a fantastic job. I'm so proud of them both."
Agile project management is heavily based on teamwork, communication, and coordination, which are essential in post-disaster management, the professor says. The students' research and collaboration in writing it are big achievements. Their paper already has been presented at the Gabelli Undergraduate Business Research Conference in Bronx, N.Y., but the one in Pittsburgh is international, so their work will receive much more attention.
Most importantly, it will end up helping people in need.
"A lot of students would like to do something more. They are motivated to explore beyond the curriculum, so I work with them and try to find funding to present their work in national and international venues. That's what I love to do," Mousavian said.
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Photo caption: Clarkson University School of Business juniors Madison Shea and Aady Balasubramanian teamed up to write a research paper that has been accepted for publication. Above, Balasubramanian (center) and Shea (right) work with their mentor, Assistant Professor of Engineering & Management Amir Mousavian.
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