Dr Sean P. Willems

Sean Willems is the Haslam Chair in Supply Chain Analytics at the University of Tennessee's Haslam College of Business. In 2000, he co-founded Optiant, a provider of multi-echelon inventory optimization tools, which was later acquired by Logility, Inc. His work with companies such as Hewlett Packard, Proctor & Gamble, and Intel has led to finalist selections for the 2003, 2010, and 2017 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He has been a finalist in 2006, 2008 and 2012 for the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice. His work on inventory placement under non-stationary demand won the Wagner Prize in 2008. Willems is the department editor of the practice section of the journal Production and Operations Management and he is the deputy editor of the INFORMS Journal of Applied Analytics. He received his bachelor's degree in decision sciences from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and his master's in operations research and doctorate in operations management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Here is a short summary of what Sean will be speaking about on 18 November:
COVID-19 forced universities to move online in the second half of the 2020 spring semester. That transition was necessarily rushed, but faculty and students benefited from the fact that all participants were familiar with cultural and teaching norms. New students entering programs in the summer and fall of 2020, however, do not have the advantage of immersion in their cohort's culture or their school's teaching norms. This document describes my attempt to create a home video studio to more closely approximate the on-campus experience, and provides recommendations for a minimally-sufficient studio.