For many years, Pinar Keskinocak has studied how pandemics spread through the nation, how they overburden health care systems, and how they diminish the supply of medications, thus worsening the pandemic. All this also spins off additional medical crises. She also has recommendations and detailed models on beating pandemics, which will take a massive national effort for COVID-19.

Keskinocak has studied how pandemics run their courses front to back with the goal of improving how societies deal with them. And now COVID-19 has landed in her lap. She can speak to the present and the future and the probabilities of a second wave of the pandemic.

Keskinocak has advised the CDC on pandemics and FEMA and the U.S. Senate on humanitarian disaster aid.

  • She knows pandemic spread like the back of her hand.
  • She is building a model that shows that special, temporary COVID clinics would greatly slow the spread. Wuhan's experience corroborates this.
  • She warns that shortages could become deadly dangerous. Not only gloves, masks, and ventilators but even asthma medication or antidepressants – maybe even food could be in short supply.
  • If any medication becomes effective against COVID-19, distribution strategies will be crucial and include painful decisions about who gets it first.


William W. George Chair and Professor in Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at the Georgia Institute of Technology, President of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (Not Georgia Tech).

Note: First reference is Georgia Institute of Technology, second reference Georgia Tech. The term "University" is not part of the Institute's name.