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Lori E. Seward is a senior instructor and teaching professor of Operations Management and faculty director of the MBA program in The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering at Virginia Tech. After several years working as a reliability and quality engineer in the paper and automotive industries, she earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and joined the faculty at the Leeds School in 1998.
She has been the coordinator of the undergraduate core business statistics course and currently teaches the core MBA statistics course. She is also responsible for coordinating the undergraduate program in Operations Management. She served as the chair of the INFORMS Teachers’ Workshop for the annual 2004 meeting.
Her teaching interests focus on developing pedagogy that uses technology to create a collaborative learning environment in both large undergraduate and MBA statistics courses. Seward is the author of a textbook titled Applied Statistics in Business and Economics, now in its fourth edition. She has published articles in journals ranging from The International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems (2004) to the Journal of Statistics Education (2011).