MEng Concentration: Applied OR
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2013
Areas of Interest: Healthcare, Consulting
Sara Burbine joined the Operations Research Master of Engineering program at Cornell University in August 2012. She holds a BA in Mathematics from Colby College with a minor in Computer Science.
Sara worked as a Research Assistant, then as Project Coordinator for the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She played an influential role in the development of a computer simulation model used to address health policy questions related to knee osteoarthritis, resulting in over 15 publications. Leading a team of research assistants, Sara collaborated with experts of diverse backgrounds, communicating technical as well as qualitative aspects of the project. One of her analyses was presented at the 2011 American College of Rheumatology national conference and was reported in US News and World Report. The challenging work that she has done in health policy and decision analysis, as well as her technical background, have prepared her to address the ever-changing issues in healthcare.
Sara is an active member of the Master of Engineering Leadership committee and the Society of Women Engineers. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, volleyball, and hiking.