Industrial engineering and Commonwealth Honors College professor Chaitra Gopalappa is the recipient of a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH). With this five-year grant, Gopalappa will help refine the national strategy for reducing HIV infection and develop models and methods to measure the plan's progress. Her goals include improving the efficiency of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy that was created in 2010.
Gopalappa is an assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering. She is the director of the Disease Prediction and Prevention Lab at UMass Amherst, which studies disease prediction, prevention, and control. She has expertise in advancing mathematical methodologies that help in decision-making for public health strategies, and she works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization on non-communicable and communicable diseases.