A pandemic shapes a modelers research vision

A Pandemic Shapes a Modeler’s Research Vision

From the early days of COVID-19’s arrival in the United States to the pandemic’s lasting effects on the state of North Carolina, Serhan Ziya has showcased the critical value of math and modeling in allocating needed health care resources.

Ziya, a professor of statistics and operations research in UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences, has spent the past decade developing mathematical models to solve health care delivery problems. His work helps hospitals and emergency departments determine how to distribute limited resources efficiently and how to triage patients in mass casualty events.