ISE Student Spotlight: Egbe-Etu E. Etu

Etu speaking at eventPh.D. candidate Egbe-Etu E. Etu represented the ISE Department at Wayne State University’s 2021 Graduate & Postdoctoral Research Symposium on March 1. Etu’s platform presentation, titled “Intensive Care Unit Admissions for COVID-19 Patients: A Machine Learning Driven Approach,” was awarded second place in the symposium.

The study, funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, aims to predict ICU admissions in COVID-19 patients by developing predictive models with machine learning. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a surge of critically ill patients entering ICUs for intensive treatment. This study presents a tool that allows clinicians to make time-sensitive decisions surrounding patient admission, potentially saving lives in the process.

During his time in the ISE department, Etu has sought out many opportunities and seen many successes. Having earned 12 awards and over $87,000 in research funding, Etu’s impressive accomplishments have allowed him to excel in his research with advising from Drs. Leslie Monplaisir and Celestine Aguwa.

“The university, being a premier research center, provides different opportunities for ISE students to fulfill their dreams. As a Ph.D. candidate, I gained invaluable teaching, research and mentoring knowledge through my active participation in various funded research and teaching activities under the tutelage of Drs. Monplaisir and Aguwa,” Etu said.

Etu has published numerous research papers and notably received the Best Research Paper Award – Healthcare Track at the North American Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) Conference in 2020. In addition, Etu is very involved in university, departmental and community endeavors. In August of 2020, he accepted a role as Technical Content Lead with the College of Engineering’s newly established center for operational excellence, IndustryX. He also serves as the staff editor for the Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) OR/MS Tomorrow Magazine.

“The Wayne State ISE program has allowed me to learn, explore and grow in a completely different field from my first degree,” said Etu, “The wide variety of program options, classes and knowledgeable faculty makes studying in the ISE department exciting, informative, challenging and rewarding.”

The ISE department and faculty are honored to recognize Etu’s accomplishments and excited to see him continue to grow beyond Wayne State University. Etu is currently applying for industry and faculty positions while finishing his dissertation and teaching the BE 2100 course in ISE.

“My experience at WSU has turned into a journey I never thought possible,” Etu said, “I could not be more thankful.”

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