CEE undergraduates co-author paper in peer-reviewed journal
Course 1 senior Kallie Hedberg and junior Julia Hopkins are co-authors of a paper that appeared in a March issue of the American Journal of Disaster Medicine. “Vaccine Availability in the United States during the 2009 H1N1 Outbreak” was written by Hedberg, Hopkins, Professor Richard Larson of the Engineering Systems Divison (ESD) and co-authors. Larson said the 1C students “worked tirelessly” with the Centers for Disease Control-supported ESD Flu Team, performed the majority of the research that led to the paper, and did much of the writing. The paper “details statistically the supply-chain mishaps in production and delivery of the H1N1 flu vaccine … is already leading to two follow-on papers … and an improved set of policies for vaccine distribution. We believe the paper demonstrates how an MIT engineering approach can add value in areas not traditional to engineering,” said Larson.