What is … an interview with Sam Buttrey, winner of Jeopardy! Tournament of Professors!

Good Luck in the FINALS of the 2022 Tournament of Champions, Dr. Buttrey!! In this week’s episode I’m thrilled to be joined by a very special guest, Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School and winner of the first-ever Jeopardy! Tournament of Professors. Sam competed against professors from across the country and in a variety of disciplines to win not only the $100,000 grand prize, but an opportunity to further compete in the 2022 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.

At one point I was asked about the name of a sonnet that was read aloud at the 1883 Bartholdi exhibition, something like that. And to answer that question, you have to recognize the name and date as referring to the Statue of Liberty and then come up with the name of the poem that’s famously inscribed on the base. So that’s an example of trying to bring together threads from disparate fields and I think operations research is good at that. To be a good O.R. practitioner I think you have to know a little bit about a lot of things.

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