I am a third year PhD student at MIT Operations Research Center advised by Prof. Karen Zheng and, previously, Prof. Joann de Zegher.

My research interests lie broadly in analytics and mechanism design for social good, ranging from healthcare, sustainability to nonprofit operations. My current research agenda focuses on developing analytics tools and game theoretic models for (i) improving livelihood and promoting sustainability in smallholder supply chains and (ii) optimizing nonprofit operations.

Prior to MIT, I have worked as a financial derivative structurer at Morgan Stanley in London. I received my Bechelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from University of Cambridge and my Master’s degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. I grew up in China (Hangzhou) and Singapore.


Incentive Design for Sustainable Practices in Smallholder Supply Chains

Joint work with Joann de Zegher and Karen Zheng

Working Paper (Manuscript available upon request)

  • To present at INFORMS 2023 and POMS 2024

Two-Sided Benefit of Price Transparency in Smallholder Supply Chains

Yuan Shi, Joann de Zegher, Irene Lo

Major Revision, Management Science

  • Presented at INFORMS 2022, EAAMO 2022

Surgical Scheduling via Optimization and Machine Learning with Long-Tailed Data

Yuan Shi, Saied Mahdian, Jose Blanchet, Peter Glynn, Andrew Y. Shin, David Scheinker

Health Care Management Science, 2023

Criteria for Early Pacemaker Implantation in Patients With Postoperative Heart Block After Congenital Heart Surgery

Son Q Duong, Yuan Shi, Heather Giacone, Brittany M Navarre, Dana B Gal, Brian Han, Danielle Sganga, Michael Ma, Charitha D Reddy, Andrew Y Shin, David M Kwiatkowski, Anne M Dubin, David Scheinker, Claudia A Algaze

Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, 2022

(Last updated in October 2023)