Michael W. Carter, PhD, LEL, FCAE

Michael W. Carter

Professor, Industrial Engineering

Alma Mater: Mathematics, University of Waterloo (1980)

Research areas

Healthcare human resource planning and forecasting; capacity planning; operating room planning and scheduling; wait list management; healthcare system modelling; patient flow simulation; cancer screening capacity; clinic planning.

Laboratory: Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering (CRHE)


Michael Carter is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and Director of the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering. He received his doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1980.

His research focus is on health care resource modeling with a variety of projects in hospitals, home care, rehab, long term care, medical labs and mental health. He has supervised more than 200 engineering students in over 120 projects with healthcare institutions. He currently has 17 graduate students (7 doctoral and 10 masters) working in the area.

Professor Carter was the winner of the Annual Practice Prize from the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) four times (1988, 1992, 1996 and 2009). In 2000, he received the CORS Award of Merit for lifetime contributions to Canadian Operational Research. He also received an “Excellence in Teaching” Award from the University of Toronto Student Administrative Council. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Scheduling, Health Care Management Science, Operations Research for Healthcare and Health Systems. He is a member of the “Nursing Research Unit” and a mentor in the “Health Care, Technology and Place” Program at the University of Toronto. He is on the Advisory Board for the Regenstreif Centre for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue University. He is an Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto. Professor Carter is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).