Dr. Erica Gralla is Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at the George Washington University. She received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Engineering Systems and her B.S.E. from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Dr. Gralla's research investigates ways to combine the strengths of human decision-makers and mathematical models, and design organizations, systems, and tools to support better decision-making.
Dr. Gralla's teaching emphasizes theory and its application to practice through innovative methods including games and simulations, interaction with real clients, and case studies and discussions. For example, she developed an undergraduate project management class in which students complete a project for a real-world client.
Dr. Gralla's external service emphasizes supporting efforts to improve disaster response, both in academia (such as her role as President of the POMS College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management), and in practice (such as her research partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency). Her internal service emphasizes building a strong research community through developing the doctoral research curriculum, and improving the department's visibility through external presence.