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McCombs School of Business
Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering
  • PhD, Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1999
  • MS, Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1994
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 1992
  • Dr. Eric Bickel is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate

Program in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, Dr. Bickel holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Dr. Bickel’s research interests include the theory and practice of decision making under uncertainty and its application to business strategy and public policy. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, National Public Radio and in dozens of local and regional media sources.

Dr. Bickel has been a strategy consultant for 20 years, five of which were full time before returning to academia. He has applied the concepts and methods taught in his courses to major strategic decisions in the following industries: oil & gas (upstream, midstream and downstream), electric power, metals and mining, high tech, life sciences, financial services, packaging and chemicals (commodity and specialty). Dr. Bickel is continuously engaged in major projects, advising top executives. This real-world experience is infused throughout the courses that he teaches.

Dr. Bickel is a partner in Strategic Decisions Group, a leading strategy consulting firm. He is also President of the Decision Analysis Society.

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