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MJ seeks to understand the behavior of complex socio-technical systems. His research is at the intersection of simulation modeling, data analysis, and evidence-based policy and decision-making. The major application areas that he is currently focusing on are in public health and organizational cybersecurity. His work has been featured by various national and international media outlets, including The Hill, Associated Press, Newsweek, Scientific American, Business Insider, and NPR.
MJ is an associate editor of System Dynamics Review and is on the editorial board of the Journal on Policy and Complex Systems. He is the recipient of the 2015 Dana Meadows Award, the 2015 WINFORMS Excellence Award, and the 2014 Lupina Young Researcher Award. MJ is a former consultant at the World Bank and a former researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy.
In shaping his research trajectory, MJ follows three goals. First, he wants to conduct research that has an impact in the real world. Second, he focuses his simulation modeling work on mechanisms that connect human decision making to technological and economic systems, because that is where many important policy-resistant problems lie. Finally, he wants his research to rigorously connect mechanism-based models with big data. To achieve these goals, he builds bridges across methodological and application domains.
MJ is a member of The MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation (HSI), and is affiliated with the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (CAMS), and the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE). He also collaborates with the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) and the MIT System Dynamics Group.
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Current project sponsors (not up-to-date...):
- Philips Healthcare
Previous Project sponsors (not up-to-date...):
- The National Institutes of Health
- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
- The U.S. Department of Energy
- USP Lab (Japan)
- Philips Lighting
Students (not up-to-date...):
- Jessica Kaiser, MIT Sloan
- Sarah Liu, Alexandra Rodriguez, and Isabelle Chong, MIT CSAIL
- Shmyle Ghumman and Sabina Razak, Boston University
- Abby Guitar, Karen Lew, and Alice Pan, Wellesley College
- Zhen Fang, visiting from Singhua University, China
- Zahra Mokhtari, visiting from Oregon State University