MEng Concentration: Applied OR
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015
Areas of Interest: Management Consulting
Michael Tillman is a problem-solver. He graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in May 2014, with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics. To help the American Red Cross systematize and improve the accuracy of their blood drive goal setting, he helped build a predictive model of blood drive yields, as a student in the Mathematics Practicum at St. Olaf.
Over the course of four summers at Catholic Relief Services, Michael worked on a variety of projects, ranging from policy analysis to software development and testing. His research on US agricultural cargo preference policy, which affects food aid shipments, helped inform the organization’s legislative agenda. He worked on a team to test and develop an agri-business software, which was intended to help small-holder farmer’s business plan and engage in collective marketing. This included designing and delivering software trainings to users and field testing the software in Kenya, which informed the continuing design process of a newer version of the product.
He hopes to find work applying his analytical skills to a variety of real-world problems.
In his free time, Michael enjoys hiking, soccer, and the somewhat obscure game of Subbuteo (also known as “table soccer”).