Jonathan Welburn


    PhD (2016)

        University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Decision Science and Operations Research – Industrial & Systems Engineering

Minor: Economics, Focus: Economic Risk

Dissertation Title: Essays on Global Economic Risk

Advisor: Vicki M. Bier

     Bachelors of Science (2010)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Dual Major: Industrial & Systems Engineering and Economics – Math Emphasis

Certificate (Minor): Mathematics

         Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Budapest, Hungary

Semester Abroad, August 2008-January 2009

Mechanical Engineering

Grants and Awards


National Science Foundation - Research Council of Norway Nordic Research Opportunity Grant (2012) Grant No. DGE-0718123 Funded Project: “Contagion or Common Cause? An Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessing the Dynamics of Global Systemic Risk."     Research Collaborator: Kjell Hausken, University of Stavanger, Norway.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Fellowship: National Science Foundation  Graduate Research Fellow (April 2011)

Fellowship: University of Wisconsin Graduate Engineering Research Scholars (Nov. 2010)

Scholarship: University of Wisconsin Chancellor’s Scholar, 2005-2010

Scholarship: University of Wisconsin College of Engineering LEED Scholar, 2005-2010

Scholarship: Tucson Alumni Club Scholarship, 2005


Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Economics and Benefits Specialty Group Student Merit Award (2015)

SRA Decision Analysis and Risk Specialty Group (DRSG) Student Merit Award (2014)

CAARMS20 Angela E. Grant Award for poster presentation, best algorithm (June 2014)

Society for Risk Analysis Student Travel Award (2012, 2014)

INFORMS-MIF Travel Award (2012, 2013, 2014)

National Science Foundation Travel Award for IIE Annual Conference 2014 (June 2014)

Industrial & Systems Engineering Department Graduate Student Travel Award (February 2013)

Society for Risk Analysis Best Poster Award (December 2012)

Robert A. Ratner Senior Design Award, 2nd Prize, UW Dpt. of Ind. & Syst. Engr. (May 2010)

Emerging Student Leader Award, University of Wisconsin – Madison MSC (Spring 2007)

College Board AP Scholar with Honor (2005)


Operations Research: Stochastic Processes, Simulation & Modeling, Stochastic Programming, Optimization with GAMS, Risk Analysis, Decision Analysis. 

Economics: Micro, Macro, Econometrics, Time Series, Open Economy (International) Macroeconomics, Game Theory.

Finance: Derivative Securities, Fixed Income Analysis.

Statistics: Mathematical Statistics, Bayesian Statistics, Rare event approximation/Extreme Value Theory.

Additional Skills & Expertise

Intermediate French reading/writing/speaking ability

Computer skills in GAMS, R, STATA, Mathematica, Tableau, MATLAB, MS Excel for data analysis, VBA, Bloomberg Software, and MS Access