Zhongyuan (Annie) Yu (zyu7)

Zhongyuan (Annie) Yu

Teaching Associate Professor

School of Systems and Enterprises


Dr. Zhongyuan Yu builds smart and interactive data-driven decision support systems. Dr. Yu has a focus in healthcare settings and defense acquisitions, applications include decision support systems for health management, impact of healthcare policies relative to public health outcomes such access to care, evaluation of healthcare provider networks, chronic disease management, health care operations, and risk detections.

General Information

Dr. Zhongyuan Yu is a Teaching Associate Professor and Software Engineering Program Director in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology and a member of Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises.

Dr. Yu brings more than 10 years of extensive software prototype developing expertise and her research crosses multiple disciplines including applied statistics, optimization, data visualization, simulation, natural language processing, network analysis, and socio-economics.

To date, Zhongyuan’s work has led her to build smart and interactive data-driven decision support systems. Her current research centers on understanding and managing complex systems in healthcare settings and defense acquisitions. Zhongyuan’s ongoing research on how organizational processes, advanced techniques and technologies and policy affect software development and system performance.

Dr. Yu has presented her research findings in national and international conferences such as INFORMS, Academy Health, CESUN and JSM, and delivered hundreds of presentations to executives and senior managers in public sectors and private industry, including Northwell Health, Emory Healthcare, North Shore-LIJ Health System, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, UnitedHealth, Bell Labs, MITRE and others.

Dr. Zhongyuan Yu holds a Ph.D. in System Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, M.S. in Operations Research and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Professional Societies

  • IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Member
  • INFORMS – Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Member

Grants, Contracts and Funds

Transforming Systems Engineering through Model-Centric Engineering (2020 - 2021). Department of Defense (DoD) DASD(SE). Role: Co-Investigator.
Patients Perceptions of Electronic Health Record Use during Initial Oncology Outpatient Clinic Visits (2020 - 2021). National Institutes of Health (NIH). Role: Co-Principal Investigator.
Meshing Capability and Threat-based Science & Technology Resource Allocation. (2018 - 2020). Department of Defense (DoD) DASD(SE). Role: Co-Investigator.
Analyzing and Assessing Contracts for Embedded Risk (2019 - 2020). Department of Defense (DoD) DASD(SE). Role: Co-Investigator.
Resource Allocation Enterprise System-of-Systems Model for Digital-thread Enabled Acquisition. (2019). Department of Defense (DoD) DASD(SE). Role: Co-Investigator.
Helix: Developing an Understanding of Organizational Systems Engineering Effectiveness. (2019). Department of Defense (DoD) DASD(SE). Role: Co-Investigator.
The Use of Policy Simulation in Making Decisions to Implement the Transitional Care Model. (2015). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Role: Co-Investigator.

Selected Publications

Yan, X., Yang, H., Yu, Z., & Zhang, S. (2021). Portfolio Optimization by Fundamental Networks. Frontiers in Physics, 436.

Asan, O., Crotty, B., & Yu, Z. (2021). How clinician-patient communication affect trust in health information sources: longitudinal analysis from a national cross-sectional survey. PLOS ONE, vol. 16, no. 2, Feb. 2021, p. e0247583. PLoS Journals, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0247583.

Elkefi, S., Yu, Z., & Asan, O. (2021). Why patients avoid online medical record use: Findings from the Health Information National Trends Survey 2019. Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 23, no. 2, Feb. 2021. PubMed Central, doi:10.2196/24767.

Yu, Z., Tao, HYS., Xiao, Y., Burke P., & Hutchison, N. (Aug. 2020). Multi-Level Systems Engi- neering Analyzer Dashboard: A Semi-Automated Content Analysis for Interview Data. The 14th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference (SYSCON 2020), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Rouse, W.B, Naylor, M., Yu, Z., Pennock, M. J., Hirschman, K., Pauly, M.V., & K.B., Pepe (2019). Policy Flight Simulators: Accelerating Decisions to Adopt Evidence-Based Health Interventions. Journal of Healthcare Management 64 (4), 231-241.

Rouse, W. B., and Pennock, M. J., Yu, Z., & Pepe, K. (2018). A Conceptual Platform for Understanding and Managing Complex Service Enterprises: Case Studies in the Transformation of Healthcare Delivery in Smedlund, A., Lindblom, A., & Mitronen, L. (Ed.), Collaborative Value Co-creation in the Platform Economy. Springer.


EM-600 Engineering Economics and Cost Analysis
EM-622 Data Analysis and Visualization
EM-624 Informatics for Engineering Management
SSW-555 Agile Methods for Software Development
SSW-810 Software Development Tools and Techniques