This blog is written by Professor Laura Albert (formerly Laura McLay) from the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her bracketology work can be found at Badger Bracketology.


Laura Albert, Ph.D., is a Professor and David H. Gustafson Chair of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests are in the field of operations research, with a particular focus on discrete optimization with application to homeland security and emergency response problems. Dr. Albert’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of the Army, and Sandia National Laboratory. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications in archival journals and refereed proceedings. She has been awarded many honors for her research, including the INFORMS Impact Prize, four best paper awards, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Fulbright Award, and a Department of the Army Young Investigator Award. She is a Department Editor for IIE Transactions and is on or has been on six other journal Editorial Boards. Dr. Albert is the INFORMS Vice President for Marketing, Communication, and Outreach and the former Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison. She is the author of the blogs “Punk Rock Operations Research” and “Badger Bracketology.” You can find her on twitter at @lauraalbertphd.

Professor Laura Albert’s cv is here. Her homepage at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is here.

Find Laura on Google Scholar and ResearchGate and ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-7079-4473 and SCOPUS: 9334925000

This page does not reflect an official position of the University of Wisconsin-Madison or Bucky the Badger.

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