Nathaniel D. Bastian

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Instructor of Supply Chain & Information Systems

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
Office Address 220 Business Building
Phone Number 570-809-3619
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A leader, practitioner, researcher, and educator of mathematical, computational, analytical, data-driven, and decision-centric methods to support the improvement and enhancement of decision-making in cyber security, national defense, military operations, human resources and manpower, healthcare, logistics, energy and finance. My expertise lies in the scientific discovery and translation of actionable insights into effective decisions using algorithms, techniques, tools and technologies from operations research, data science, artificial intelligence, industrial engineering, and economics to design, develop, deploy and operationalize decision-support models for descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. Teaching is enjoyable because it gives me the opportunity to interact with and engage students intellectually by exposing them to the data analytic process of transforming data into actionable insight for more informative decision-making. I thoroughly enjoy teaching at PSU because I can help students become more effective problem-solvers to tackle some of the most complex, challenging problems facing our nation.


- Multiple objective optimization, stochastic programming, and approximate dynamic programming

- Monte Carlo methods, deep reinforcement learning, pattern recognition, and artificial intelligence at scale

- Productivity analysis, efficiency/performance measurement, cost-effectiveness analysis, and econometric modeling

- Network science, graph mining and social network analysis in real-world, complex networks


Ph D, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Pennsylvania State University, 2016

ME, Industrial Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2014

MS, Econometrics and Operations Research, Maastricht University, 2009

BS, Engineering Management (Electrical Engineering) with Honors, U.S. Military Academy, 2008

Courses Taught

DAAN 881 – Data Driv Dec Mkng (3)
Application & interpretation of analytics for real-life decision making. DAAN 881 Data-Driven Decision Making (3) The theory and application of several quantitative decision-making tools will be studied. The usefulness of these tools will be illustrated using projects and case studies throughout the course. Emphasis will be placed on the application of the tools and techniques and the results they generate. Finding patterns in data and appropriately grouping them are essential in the extraction of information in large datasets. This course will use Principal Component Analyses to transform highly correlated sets of data by means of orthogonal transformation. Cluster analysis will be used to properly group data when working with large datasets. When the outcomes involve categorical variables, Logistic regression techniques will be used to estimate the probabilistic values of the output. The decision space will be divided into smaller regions using Regression tree analyses. When factors are too numerous and highly collinear, Partial Least Square Regression methods will be performed.Public access datasets in the healthcare, transportation and finance industries will be used to demonstrate the applications and the limitations of these techniques.

BAN 888 – Implementing Analytics for Business (3)
This capstone course sets business analytics problem solving in a real-world context, including communication to non-statistically trained executives. Key topical areas are derived from the common activities of the business analyst and include business problem framing, analytics problem framing, data sourcing, cleaning and integration, analysis methodology selection, model building, model deployment and model lifecycle management including benefit assessment. Topics align with the body of knowledge in the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Certified Analytics Professional Study Guide. Students explore each topic in a real-world context, by developing business analytics solutions to an ongoing course project in a team setting. Each team selects a project and works through all elements of the business analytics body of knowledge.

Selected Publications

Fulton L. V., Bastian N., "Multi-Period Stochastic Programming Portfolio Optimization for Diversified Funds." International Journal of Finance and Economics, vol. 24, no. 1, 2019, pp. 313-327.
Robbins M. J., Jenkins P., Bastian N., Lunday B., "Approximate Dynamic Programming for the Aeromedical Evacuation Dispatching Problem: Value Function Approximation using Multiple Level Aggregation." Omega, 2018.
Swenson E., Bastian N., Nembhard H., "Healthcare Market Segmentation and Data Mining: A Systematic Review." Health Marketing Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 3, 2018, pp. 186-208.
Paradarami T., Bastian N., Wightman J., "A Hybrid Recommender System Using Artificial Neural Networks." Expert Systems with Applications, vol. 83, 2017, pp. 300--313.
Kang H., Bastian N., Riordan J. P., "Evaluating the Relationship between Productivity and Quality in Emergency Departments." Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2017.
Bastian N., Swenson E. R., Ma L., Na H. S., Griffin P. M., "Incentive contract design for food retailers to reduce food deserts in the US." Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 2017.
Swenson E. R., Bastian N., Nembhard H. B., Davis, III C. M., "Reducing cost drivers in total joint arthroplasty: understanding patient readmission risk and supply cost." Health Systems, 2017, pp. 1--13.
Bastian N., Ekin T., Kang H., Griffin P. M., Fulton L. V., Grannan B. C., "Stochastic multi-objective auto-optimization for resource allocation decision-making in fixed-input health systems." Health care management science, vol. 20, no. 2, 2017, pp. 246--264.
Bastian N., Fulton L. V., Griffin P. M., Sung Y., Kumara S., "A casualty network analysis in non-major combat operations." The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, vol. 13, no. 1, 2016, pp. 95--108.
Bastian N., Munoz D., Ventura M., "A mixed-methods research framework for healthcare process improvement." Journal of pediatric nursing, vol. 31, no. 1, 2016, pp. e39--e51.
Bastian N., Boguchwal L., Langhans Z., Evans D., "A Multi-Criteria, Network Analytic Approach to War Game Participant Selection." Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, vol. 13, no. 2, 2016, pp. 183--194.
Swenson E. R., Bastian N., Nembhard H. B., "Data analytics in health promotion: Health market segmentation and classification of total joint replacement surgery patients." Expert Systems with Applications, vol. 60, 2016, pp. 118--129.
Munoz D. A., Bastian N., "Estimating cross-training call center capacity through simulation." Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, vol. 25, no. 4, 2016, pp. 448--468.
Bastian N., Kang H., Swenson E. R., Fulton L. V., Griffin P. M., "Evaluating the impact of hospital efficiency on wellness in the Military Health System." Military medicine, vol. 181, no. 8, 2016, pp. 827--834.
Ekin T., Kocadagli O., Bastian N., Fulton L. V., Griffin P. M., "Fuzzy decision making in health systems: a resource allocation model." EURO Journal on Decision Processes, vol. 4, 2016, pp. 245--267.
Bastian N., Kang H., Griffin P. M., Fulton L. V., "Measuring the effect of pay-for-performance financial incentives on hospital efficiency in the military health system." IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, vol. 6, no. 1, 2016, pp. 33--41.
Bastian N., Griffin P. M., Spero E., Fulton L. V., "Multi-criteria logistics modeling for military humanitarian assistance and disaster relief aerial delivery operations." Optimization Letters, vol. 10, no. 5, 2016, pp. 921--953.
Srinivas S., Alizadeh M., Bastian N., "Optimizing Student Team and Job Assignments for the Holy Family Academy." Interfaces, vol. 47, no. 2, 2016, pp. 163--174.
Bastian N., Kang H., Nembhard H. B., Bloschichak A., Griffin P. M., "The Impact of a Pay-for-Performance Program on Central Line--Associated Blood Stream Infections in Pennsylvania." Hospital topics, vol. 94, no. 1, 2016, pp. 8--14.
Grannan B. C., Bastian N., McLay L. A., "A maximum expected covering problem for locating and dispatching two classes of military medical evacuation air assets." Optimization Letters, vol. 9, no. 8, 2015, pp. 1511--1531.
Yan R., Bastian N., Griffin P. M., "Association of food environment and food retailers with obesity in US adults." Health and Place, vol. 33, 2015, pp. 19--24.
Zhang S., Bastian N., Griffin P. M., "Cost-effectiveness of sofosbuvir-based treatments for chronic hepatitis C in the US." BMC gastroenterology, vol. 15, no. 1, 2015, pp. 98.
Bastian N., McMurry P., Fulton L. V., Griffin P. M., Cui S., Hanson T., Srinivas S., "The AMEDD uses goal programming to optimize workforce planning decisions." Interfaces, vol. 45, no. 4, 2015, pp. 305--324.
Bastian N., Fulton L. V., Shah V. P., Ekin T., "Resource allocation decision making in the military health system." IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, vol. 4, no. 2, 2014, pp. 80--87.
Fulton L., Bastian N., Mendez F., Musal R., "Rainwater Harvesting System using a Non-Parametric Stochastic Rainfall Generator." SIMULATION, 2013, pp. 1--10.
Wilson A. B., Kerr B. J., Bastian N., Fulton L. V., "Financial performance monitoring of the technical efficiency of critical access hospitals: a data envelopment analysis and logistic regression modeling approach." Journal of Healthcare Management, vol. 57, no. 3, 2012, pp. 200--213.
Bastian N., "A robust, multi-criteria modeling approach for optimizing aeromedical evacuation asset emplacement." The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, vol. 7, no. 1, 2010, pp. 5--23.


Military Operations Research, Associate Editor, (, January 2019 - Present
Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, Associate Editor, (, January 2018 - Present
The Cyber Defense Review, Associate Editor, (, January 2018 - Present
IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, Editorial Board, (, January 2016 - Present
Engineering Management Journal, Associate Editor, (, January 2015 - Present