Joe Futoma Wins 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Joe Futoma, who has been awarded a 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship! The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense. NDSEG selections are made by the Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research, and the Army Research Office, and are offered to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. The fellowship provides a stipend as well as funding for full tuition and fees for three years. Joe’s proposal highlighted his research in developing statistical tools that are broadly applicable to problems in biology, medicine, and public health.  In particular, he is interested in developing new statistical models motivated by the deluge of information offered by Electronic Health Records. Advised by Katherine Heller, he is currently involved in several collaborations applying machine learning to real problems in the Duke University Health System. One project involves developing, validating, and deploying predictive models to help prevent postoperative surgical complications. A second project involves developing models to predict which patients are most likely to develop end stage renal disease, in order to target and intervene on those with highest risk. Joe’s goal is to continue to work in the intersection of machine learning and healthcare, using statistical models to help improve patient outcomes and quality of care.

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