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Joel Sokol, Ph.D.

Fouts Family Associate Professor

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Joel Sokol

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Email: Campus Phone: 404-894-6484
Fax: 404-894-2301
Office Location: Groseclose 0205, Room 419

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Joel Sokol is a Fouts Family Associate Professor professor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Director of Georgia Tech's interdisciplinary Master of Science in Analytics degree. His primary research interests are in sports analytics and applied operations research. He has worked with teams or leagues in all three of the major American sports. Dr. Sokol's LRMC method for predictive modeling of the NCAA basketball tournament is an industry leader, and his non-sports reseach has won the EURO Management Science Strategic Innovation Prize. Dr. Sokol has also won recognition for his teaching and curriculum development from IIE and the NAE, and is the recipient of Georgia Tech's highest awards for teaching. He currently serves as INFORMS Vice President of Education, and is a past Chair and founding officer of the INFORMS section on sports operations research. Dr. Sokol's PhD in operations research is from MIT, and his bachelor's degrees in mathematics, computer science, and applied sciences in engineering are from Rutgers University.

Honors & Awards

  • Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award 2014
  • IIE/CIEADH Innovation in Curriculum Award 2012
  • NAE Foundations of Engineering Education 2011
  • Class of 1934 Outstanding Innovative Use of Educational Technology Award 2010
  • IIE Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Operations Research 2010
  • Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teaching Award 2008
  • EURO Management Science Strategic Innovation Prize 2007
  • Anak Award, Georgia Tech 2005


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