Erkin Otles

Hi, I'm Erkin Otles.

I'm a MD/PhD Student. My research focuses on using machine learning to improve health. I love numbers (and space)!!


University of Michigan / 2016 - 2022

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD), Industrial and Operations Engineering

University of Wisconsin - Madison / 2015, 2011

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Industrial and Systems Engineering - Decision Science and Operations Research & Computer Science

Bachelor of Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering


SHS-FlexSim ED Simulation Competition Winner

Thomas Engineering Scholarship

Colbeck Scholarship

WV Distinguished Scholarship

Dean's Honor List


Healthcare Machine Learning

CDS Design for ED PE/DVT Diagnosis

ED Operational Simulation


Supply Chain Security Optimization


Medical Scientist Training Program Fellow

University of Michigan
2016 - Present

My research is focused on the intersection of Medicine, Engineering, and CS. Stuff I find fascinating:

  • Machine Learning
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Precison Medicine

Healthcare Data Scientist

2015 – 2016

Supported healthcare quality improvement work through the development of analytical reports. Designed and supported medicare claims based visualizations & key performance indicators. Worked with quality improvement specialists, physicians, and nurses to validate and prioritize analysis.

Lecturer / Researcher

University of Wisconsin - Madison
2014 – 2016

Redesigned two required undergrad industrial engineering courses:

  • Health Systems Engineering
  • Simulation Modeling Laboratory
Did some research on using machine learning in emergency medicine too!

EpicCare Ambulatory Technical Services

2012 – 2013

Designed and developed analytics tools & strategies for Health Systems moving towards ACO models of care. Led technical support of two customer implementations. Managed and resolved install issue escalations often managing teams containing internal developers, customer technical and clinical teams.

Health Systems Engineering Intern

UW Hospital
2010 – 2012

Led design of next generation of inpatient rooms. Developed data mining tools & processes to analyze quality of care as well as patient satisfaction.

HR Analytics Intern


Summer project involved mining data from various recruiting systems, databases, and email archives. Built and analyzed databases to help identify key attributes of the best candidates and employees.

Industrial Engineer Co-op

Boston Scientific

Optimized the production lines of two next-gen cardiac pacing leads. Scheduled clean-room & production shutdowns for machine and utilities installations. Developed new machine acceptance program.

Manufacturing Engineer

Electronic Theatre Controls
2008, 2010

Some design for manufacturability & line design. Got my hands dirty by machining, wiring, assembling new testing fixtures.





Computer Skills


Space Documentary Watching




Healthcare Machine Learning / View site

Seeing if computers can be useful partners in the care process.

SHS FlexSim Simulation Competion / Presentation

Won the national ED operation simulation competion in 2015.

Arena Tutorial / YouTube

Series of videos aimed at introducing the Arena Simulation package to industrial engineering students.

M is for Medicine / Download from iTunes

An iMessage Sticker Pack for all those interested in medicine, health, and the human body. Feedback is always appreciated - for any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me!

SMS Website

We hacked together a fully integrated custom text message gateway, app, and website.

COVID-19 Analysis / Link

Quick exploration of case spread and mortality rates of the novel coronavirus.