James Ostrowski News

UT Faculty Host International Analytics Conference November 13–16

Bogdan Bischescu, an associate professor of management science at UT, is serving as program chair for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) annual conference November 13–16 in Nashville, along with seven faculty members from the Haslam College of Business and Tickle College of Engineering.

Big Idea: Professor Uses Board Games to Teach Decision-Making


James Ostrowski, a professor in industrial and information engineering, devised a big idea to combat his students’ boredom: board games. Starting in the spring, Ostrowski will use board games to help students in Industrial Engineering 322 learn about operations research. Operations research is a sub-section of engineering that focuses on using “analytical methods to make decisions with large amounts of data,” Ostrowski said.