Hello! I'm a third-year PhD student at the Operations Research Center at MIT, advised by Dimitris Bertsimas. I am broadly interested in data-driven optimization, and find the application of mathematics to urban operations and the public good in general especially motivating. My present research focuses on the optimization of large-scale public transportation systems.

Prior to coming to MIT, I spent two years at an operations research and business analytics consulting company called Analytics Operations Engineering (since acquired by McKinsey & Company). I completed my undergraduate degree at Princeton University with a major in chemistry and a minor in computer science. My undergraduate research, advised by Herschel Rabitz, focused on applying optimal control theory to quantum mechanical systems.

You can find my CV here.

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  • Bertsimas, D. & Yan, J. (2017). From physical properties of transportation flows to demand estimation: An optimization approach. To appear in Transportation Science.
  • Berk, L., Bertsimas, D., Weinstein, A., & Yan, J. (2017). Prescriptive Analytics for Human Resource Planning in the Professional Services Industry. Under review in European Journal of Operations Research.
  • Hocker, D., Yan, J., & Rabitz, H. (2016). Optimal nonlinear coherent mode transitions in Bose-Einstein condensates utilizing spatiotemporal controls. Physical Review A, 93(5), 053612. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.93.053612.
  • Yan, J., Hocker, D., Long, R., Ho, T. S., & Rabitz, H. (2014). Exploring the control landscape for nonlinear quantum dynamics. Physical Review A, 89(6), 063408. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.89.063408.
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