Research Team

Dr. Lukasz Mazur

Dr. Lukasz Mazur is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine & School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina (UNC). He also leads the Division of Healthcare Engineering (DHE) focused on quality improvement and patient safety efforts throughout the UNC healthcare system. He has a blend of academic and industry experience with classical industrial engineering methods for system improvement in healthcare. He served as a lead researcher on a number of healthcare industry and federal sponsored grants. He has been awarded an Outstanding Extension Service Award for the College of Engineering and a prestigious Alumni Outstanding Extension Service Award for the North Carolina State University, resulting in induction into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension, for his research and implementation efforts. Dr. Mazur is an active researcher, publishing articles in scholarly journals and conference proceedings. In addition, his consulting experience has given him the practical know-how to implement, study and evaluate quality improvement initiatives

Dr. Sara Stokes


Research Collaborators

Dr. John McCreery

Dr. John McCreery has a blend of academic and industry experience in management, leadership, and organizational change initiatives. His industrial experience includes roles in the IT consulting and medical device industries. He has been employed as a senior staff consultant, providing systems design and implementation solutions for clients in a range of industries.  He has worked in the medical device industry as an applications engineer for a cardiac pacemaker company, and as Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors for a vital signs monitoring equipment firm. Dr. McCreery is currently an associate professor in the Department of Business Management at the NCSU College of Management, and is active in research, graduate and undergraduate teaching, and executive education.His research and consulting areas of interest include strategy and decision making, workforce flexibility and performance, and service process development and improvement.

Dr. Lori Rothenberg

Dr. Lori Rothenberg is the Associate Director, Extension Education and Quality Programs, of Textiles Extension Education for Economic Development within the College of Textiles. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in 1986 and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. Prior to joining NC State University, Lori provided analytical training and consulting to a variety of industries including government agencies, and the healthcare, automotive, financial, pharmaceutical, and semiconductor industries. In addition to her training and consulting work, Lori has experience in psychometrics and served as the program manager for an international software certification program. With 18 years of experience in applied statistics and program evaluation, Lori brings great breadth and depth of knowledge to the classroom, where she teaches and coaches Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belts, Green Belts, Black Belts and Master Black Belt candidates at NC State University. In addition to her Lean Six Sigma teaching, Lori is a faculty member in the College of Textiles, collaborating on grant proposals and serving as program evaluator for the projects. She has written numerous applied publications on evaluation issues and has received several grants, including a National Science Foundation grant for the evaluation of a science curriculum initiative in Detroit Public Schools.