Dr. Laurel Travis received a both her MBA and her Ph.D. in Business-Quantitative Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Mathematics. Since that time, she has taught at 7 universities in the United States, Canada, and most recently, China. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in subjects including management science, management information systems, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. She has published a textbook entitled Simulation for Decision Making, with Arne Thesen.
Laurel's research and teaching interests focus on discrete event simulation, applied optimization, and applied probability. Laurel is active in community service, most notably with Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Southwest Virginia Mountain Rescue Group.
In August 2017, Laurel joined the BIT Department as an Assistant Professor of Practice. She looks forward to returning to her business school roots.