This blog is maintained by Dr. 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’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


Laura A. Albert, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs in the College of Engineering and an Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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 NSF, DHS, and the Department of the Army, Sandia National Laboratory, and she has been awarded an NSF CAREER award. She has authored or co-authored 49 publications in archival journals and refereed proceedings. Her research has been awarded several honors, including four best paper awards.

Dr. Albert is the INFORMS Vice President for Marketing, Communication, and Outreach. She has also served as the President of Women in OR/MS (WORMS, a forum of INFORMS), the President of the INFORMS Section on Public Sector Operations Research, and a member of the INFORMS Strategic Planning Committee, Finance Committee, and IT committee. Dr. Laura Albert is a Department Editor for IIE Transactions and has been on the Editorial Boards for Risk Analysis, International Transactions on Operational Research, and OMEGA. Dr. Albert is a member of INFORMS, IIE, the Society for Risk Analysis, Tau Beta Pi, and Alpha Pi Mu. She recently served on a National Research Council Committee. She is the author of the blogs “Punk Rock Operations Research” and “Badger Bracketology.” You can find her on twitter at @lauraalbertphd.

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

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