Jonathan Patrick Congratulations to Telfer professor Jonathan Patrick, and Mr. Davood Astaraky, MSc candidate in Systems Science at the University of Ottawa, who were awarded a Mitacs-Accelerate Graduate Internship grant. The six-month project, entitled Surgical Scheduling and Capacity Planning, will begin in October 2011, and is sponsored by The Ottawa Hospital.

The purpose of this project is to develop a mathematical model that will effectively answer scheduling and capacity planning challenges for meeting wait time targets for surgeries at the Ottawa Hospital.

“Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.” (Source: