Myrtede Alfred, Ph.D.
Myrtede Alfred is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining University of Toronto, she served as a research assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina where she spent several years using her expertise as a human factors engineer to improve the delivery of care through both research and practice. She worked on projects in surgical instrument reprocessing, anesthesia medication safety, robotic-assisted surgery, and maternal health and disparities that involved direct observation in different hospital units, ICUs, and the OR. In her role, she also supported clinical operation working closely with the risk and safety team on incident investigations and various quality improvement efforts. She has over 20 peer-reviewed
publications and her worked has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She obtained her PhD in industrial engineering from Clemson University (2017). She also runs a STEAM education nonprofit, called Marie’s Kids, in North Charleston, SC.