Jeff Ohlmann

Jeff Ohlmann

Associate Professor, University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business

Jeffrey Ohlmann is an associate professor at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business. Jeff earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska.

His research involves the quantitative analysis of decision-making problems that span the domains of logistics, agriculture, and sports management. A firm believer that you should “practice what you teach,” Jeff has collaborated with companies such as Transfreight, LeanCor, Cargill, the Hamilton County Board of Elections, and the Cincinnati Bengals on research projects requiring mathematical modeling and algorithmic design. His work has appeared in journals such as Operations Research, Mathematics of Operations Research, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Transportation Science, Interfaces, and the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. His sports analytics research has been covered by the popular press outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BusinessWeek, and the Christian Science Monitor. Jeff also co-founded Optilytics, LLC, as the parent company of DraftOpt software which employs simulation and optimization approaches to provide decision support for sports league drafts.

Jeff teaches courses in business analytics, operations management, sports analytics, and heuristic search. His teaching efforts have been recognized with the 2005 MBA Core Faculty of the Year Award, a College of Business Dean’s Teaching Award in 2009, and the Strategic Innovation Academy’s 2009-10 Faculty of the Year Award.