Laura A McLay

Associate Professor

Room: 3218
Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-3002
lmclay@wisc.edu


Awards, Honors, and Societies

Awards and Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2011.
  • Young Investigator Award, Department of the Army-Materiel Command, Army Research Office, 2010.
  • Operations Research Challenge Competition Winner, First Symposium on Operations Research and the Criminal Justice System, US National Institute of Justice 2006.
  • INFORMS Computing Society Student Paper Competition, Runner-up, 2006.
  • Fellow, National Science Foundation, Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Fellows Program, 2009.
  • Outstanding IIE Publication Award (with Sheldon H. Jacobson), 2009.
  • Best paper award, 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Operations Research track (with Sunarin Chanta, Maria Mayorga, and Margaret Wiecek), 2009.
  • Achievement Award Winner for Next-Generation Emergency Medical Response Through Data Analysis & Planning (Best in Category winner, as part of the Hanover County Fire & EMS team), National Association of Counties, 2010.
  • Excellence in Scholarship Award, College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012.
  • Best paper award from Risk Analysis, Society of Risk Analysis (with Casey Rothschild and Seth Guikema), 2012.

 

Journal Editorial Boards

  • Department editor for IIE Transactions in the area of Government, Public Policy and Society, 2013 – present.
  • Associate editor for Risk Analysis in the area of Mathematical Modeling, 2013 – present.
  • Associate editor for International Transactions in Operational Research, 2013 – present.
  • Area editor for IIE Transactions in the area of Homeland Security, 2009 – 2012.

 

Professional Society Leadership Positions

  • President-Elect/President/Past-President, INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs (SPPSN), 2013 – 2015.
  • President-Elect/President/Past-President, Women in OR/MS (WORMS), a forum of INFORMS, 2012 – 2014.
  • Member of the Doing Good with Good O.R. Committee, INFORMS, 2012 – 2014, and co-chair of the committee in 2013.
  • Cluster chair for the Healthcare systems/Informatics, INFORMS Annual Meeting, October 6-9, 2013, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Member of the INFORMS nominating committee, 2013.
  • Member of the IT committee, INFORMS, 2011 – 2012.
  • Cluster chair, Women in OR/MS (WORMS), 2012 INFORMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, October 2012.
  • Vice-President of Communications, INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs (SPPSN), 2010 – 2012.
  • Vice-President of Meetings, Women in OR/MS (WORMS), a forum of INFORMS, 2008-2010.

Education

  • Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
  • M.S. General Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
  • B.S. General Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.

Publications

Journal Publications (newest first)

  1. Dreiding, R.A., McLay, L.A., 2013.  An Integrated Screening Model for Screening Cargo Containers for Nuclear Weapons. European Journal of Operational Research 230, 181 – 189.
  2. McLay, L.A., Mayorga, M.E., 2013.  A model for optimally dispatching ambulances to emergency calls with classification errors in patient priorities. IIE Transactions 45(1), 1—24.
  3. McLay, L.A., Mayorga, M.E., 2013.  A dispatching model for server-to-customer systems that balances efficiency and equity. To appear in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, doi:10.1287/msom.1120.0411.
  4. Mayorga, M.E., Bandara, D., McLay, L.A., 2013. Districting and dispatching policies for emergency medical service systems to improve patient survival, IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering 3(1), 39 – 56.
  5. Toro-Diaz, H., Mayorga, M.E., Chanta, S., McLay, L.A., 2013. Joint location and dispatching decisions for Emergency Medical Services. Computers & Industrial Engineering 64(4), 917 – 928.
  6. McLay, L.A., Moore, H. 2012. Hanover County Improves Its Response to Emergency Medical 911 Calls. Interfaces 42(4), 380-394.
  7. Rothschild, C., McLay, L.A., Guikema, S., 2012. Adversarial risk analysis with incomplete information: A level-k approach. Risk Analysis 32(7), 1219 – 1231. This paper was selected as a Best Paper of 2012 for Risk Analysis.
  8. Chanta, S., Mayorga, M. E., McLay, L. A., 2013.  Improving Rural Emergency Services without Sacrificing Coverage: A Bi-Objective Covering Location Model for EMS Systems. To appear in Annals of Operations Research.
  9. Bandar, D., Mayorga, M.E., McLay, L.A., 2012. Optimal Dispatching Strategies for Emergency Vehicles to Increase Patient Survivability. To appear in International Journal of Operational Research.
  10. Kunkel, A., McLay, L.A. 2013. Determining minimum staffing levels during snowstorms using an integrated simulation, regression, and reliability model. Health Care Management Science 16(1), 14 - 26.
  11. McLay, L.A., Dreiding, R., 2012.  Multilevel, Threshold-Based Policies for Cargo Container Security Screening Systems.  European Journal of Operational Research 220, 522 – 529.
  12. McLay, L.A., Brooks, J.P., Boone, E.L., 2012.  Analyzing the Volume and Nature of Emergency Medical Calls during Severe Weather Events using Regression Methodologies. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 46, 55 – 66.
  13. McLay, L.A., Rothschild, C., Guikema, S., 2012. Robust adversarial risk analysis: A level-k approach. Decision Analysis 9(1), 41 –54.
  14. McLay, L.A., Mayorga, M.E., 2011.  Evaluating the Impact of Performance Goals on Dispatching Decisions in Emergency Medical Service. IIE Transactions on Healthcare Service Engineering 1, 185 – 196.
  15. McLay, L.A., Foufoulides, C., Merrick, J.R.W., 2011.  Using Simulation Optimization to Construct Cost-Effective Screening Strategies for Cervical Cancer. Health Care Management Science 13(4), 294 – 318.
  16. McLay, L.A., Dreiding, R., Howe, G.L. 2011.  Rethinking the Encounter Probability for Direct-to-Target Nuclear Attacks for Aviation Security, Journal of Transportation Security 4(3), 447 – 480.
  17. Chanta, S., Mayorga, M.E., Kurz, M.E., McLay, L.A., 2011. The minimum p-envy location problem: A new model for equitable distribution of emergency resources. IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering 1(2), 101 – 115.
  18. McLay, L.A., S.H. Jacobson, A.J. Lee, 2010.  Risk-Based Policies for Aviation Security Checkpoint Screening.  Transportation Science 44(3), 333-349.
  19. McLay, L.A. and M.E. Mayorga, 2010. Evaluating Emergency Medical Service Performance Measures.  Health Care Management Science 13(2), 124 - 136.
  20. McLay, L.A., J. D. Lloyd, and E. Niman, 2011.  Interdicting Nuclear Material on Cargo Containers using Knapsack Problem Models. Annals of Operations Research 187(1), 185 – 205.
  21. Merrick, J.R.W., McLay, L.A., 2010. Is Screening Cargo Containers for Smuggled Nuclear Threats Worthwhile. Decision Analysis 7(2), 155 – 171.
  22. Jacobson, S.H., and L.A. McLay, 2009. Applying Statistical Tests to Empirically Compare Tabu Search Parameters for MAX 3-SATISFIABILITY:  A Case Study, Omega 37(3), 522-534.
  23. McLay, L.A., 2009.  A Maximum Expected Covering Location Model with Two Types of Servers, IIE Transactions 41(8), 730 – 741.
  24. Lee, A.J., L.A. McLay, and S.H. Jacobson, 2009. Designing Aviation Security Passenger Screening Systems using Nonlinear Control.  SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization 48(4), 2085 – 2105.
  25. McLay, L. A., S. H. Jacobson, and A. G. Nikolaev, 2009.  A Sequential Stochastic Passenger Screening Problem for Aviation Security, IIE Transactions 41(6), 575 – 591.
  26. McLay, L. A., S. H. Jacobson and J.E. Kobza, 2008.  The Tradeoff between Technology and Prescreening Intelligence in Checked Baggage Screening for Aviation Security, Journal of Transportation Security 1(2), 107 – 126.
  27. McLay, L. A., S. H. Jacobson, and J. E. Kobza, 2007.  Integer Programming Models and Analysis for a Multilevel Passenger Screening Problem, IIE Transactions 39(1), 73 – 81.
  28. McLay, L. A. and S. H. Jacobson, 2007. Integer Knapsack Problems with Set-up Weights, Computational Optimization and Applications 37(1), 35 – 47.
  29. McLay, L. A. and S. H. Jacobson, 2007.  Algorithms for the Bounded Set-Up Knapsack Problem, Discrete Optimization 4(2), 206 – 212.
  30. Nikolaev, A. G., S. H. Jacobson, and L. A. McLay, 2007.  A Sequential Stochastic Security System Design Problem for Aviation Security, Transportation Science 41(2), 182 – 194.
  31. McLay, L. A., S. H. Jacobson, and J. E. Kobza, 2006. A Multilevel Passenger Prescreening Problem for Aviation Security, Naval Research Logistics 53 (3), 183 – 197.
  32. Jacobson, S. H., L. A. McLay, S. N. Hall, D. Henderson, D. E. Vaughan, 2006. Optimal Search Strategies Using Simultaneous Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms, Mathematical and Computer Modelling 49(9-10), 1061 – 1073
  33. Jacobson, S.H., L.A. McLay, 2006. The Economic Impact of Obesity on Automobile Fuel Consumption, The Engineering Economist 51(4), 307 – 323.
  34. McLay, L. A. and D. E. Goldberg, 2005. Efficient Genetic Algorithms using Discretization Scheduling, Evolutionary Computation 13 (3) 353 – 385.
  35. Jacobson, S. H., L. A. McLay, S. N. Hall, J. E. Orosz, 2005. Performance Analysis of Cyclical Simulated Annealing Algorithms, Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability 7(2) 183 – 201.
  36. Jacobson, S. H., J. E. Virta, L. A. McLay, J. E. Kobza, 2005.  Integer Program Models for the Deployment of Airport Baggage Screening Security Devices, Optimization and Engineering 6(3) 339 – 359.
  37. Vaughan, D. E., S. H. Jacobson, S. N.Hall, and L. A. McLay, 2005. Simultaneous Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms for Addressing Sets of Discrete Optimization Problems, INFORMS Journal on Computing 17(4) 1 – 12.
  38. Jacobson, S. H., L. A. McLay, J. E. Kobza, J. M. Bowman, 2005. Modeling and Analyzing Multiple Station Baggage Screening Security System Performance, Naval Research Logistics 52(1), 30 – 45.

Book Chapters

  1. McLay, L.A, 2011. Risk-Based Resource Allocation Models for Aviation Security.  Safety and Risk Modeling and Its Applications, Springer, p. 243 – 262.
  2. McLay, L.A., 2011. Emergency Medical Service Systems that Improve Patient Survivability. Encyclopedia of Operations Research in the area of “Applications with Societal Impact,” eds. J.J. Cochran, L. A. Cox, Jr., P. Keshinocak, J.C. Smith. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (published online: DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms0296).
  3. Leclerc, P.D., L.A. McLay, M.E. Mayorga, 2011. Modeling equity for allocating public resources. Community-Based Operations Research: Decision Modeling for Local Impact and Diverse Populations, Springer, p. 97 – 118.

Awards, Honors, and Societies

Awards and Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2011.
  • Young Investigator Award, Department of the Army-Materiel Command, Army Research Office, 2010.
  • Operations Research Challenge Competition Winner, First Symposium on Operations Research and the Criminal Justice System, US National Institute of Justice 2006.
  • INFORMS Computing Society Student Paper Competition, Runner-up, 2006.
  • Fellow, National Science Foundation, Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Fellows Program, 2009.
  • Outstanding IIE Publication Award (with Sheldon H. Jacobson), 2009.
  • Best paper award, 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Operations Research track (with Sunarin Chanta, Maria Mayorga, and Margaret Wiecek), 2009.
  • Achievement Award Winner for Next-Generation Emergency Medical Response Through Data Analysis & Planning (Best in Category winner, as part of the Hanover County Fire & EMS team), National Association of Counties, 2010.
  • Excellence in Scholarship Award, College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012.
  • Best paper award from Risk Analysis, Society of Risk Analysis (with Casey Rothschild and Seth Guikema), 2012.

 

Journal Editorial Boards

  • Department editor for IIE Transactions in the area of Government, Public Policy and Society, 2013 – present.
  • Associate editor for Risk Analysis in the area of Mathematical Modeling, 2013 – present.
  • Associate editor for International Transactions in Operational Research, 2013 – present.
  • Area editor for IIE Transactions in the area of Homeland Security, 2009 – 2012.

 

Professional Society Leadership Positions

  • President-Elect/President/Past-President, INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs (SPPSN), 2013 – 2015.
  • President-Elect/President/Past-President, Women in OR/MS (WORMS), a forum of INFORMS, 2012 – 2014.
  • Member of the Doing Good with Good O.R. Committee, INFORMS, 2012 – 2014, and co-chair of the committee in 2013.
  • Cluster chair for the Healthcare systems/Informatics, INFORMS Annual Meeting, October 6-9, 2013, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Member of the INFORMS nominating committee, 2013.
  • Member of the IT committee, INFORMS, 2011 – 2012.
  • Cluster chair, Women in OR/MS (WORMS), 2012 INFORMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, October 2012.
  • Vice-President of Communications, INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs (SPPSN), 2010 – 2012.
  • Vice-President of Meetings, Women in OR/MS (WORMS), a forum of INFORMS, 2008-2010.

Blog and Social Networking

Laura McLay maintains the blog Punk Rock Operations Research. You can also find her on twitter, where her handle is @lauramclay.

Profile Summary

Professor McLay’s research focuses on modeling and solving real-world discrete optimization problems with application to homeland security, disasters, public services, and healthcare.


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