Layth Alwan

Layth C. Alwan

  • Professor, Supply Chain, Operations Management & Business Statistics
  • Dean's Research Fellow


PhD, Statistics/Operations Management, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
MS, Computer Science (with distinction), DePaul University
MBA, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
SB, Statistics (with honors), University of Chicago
AB, Mathematics (with honors), University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Alwan specializes in supply chain/operations management, statistical process control, and forecasting. His research includes developing model-based approaches for purposes of more effective process monitoring. His paper "Time-Series Modeling for Statistical Process Control" is regarded as a seminal paper in the area of process control. Currently, his focus is on the impact of forecasting techniques on the operational management front as it pertains to inventory control and supply chain coordination. He teaches courses in business statistics, predictive analytics, supply chain analytics, and supply chain management.

Professional Activities

Dr. Alwan has consulted and performed research for several companies on the issues of forecasting, statistical process control, and operations management. He has served on the National JMP/SAS Customer Advisory Board. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco, teaching at Al Akhawayn University and conducting research of quality management initiatives in Morocco.

Dr Alwan's work has appeared in numerous journals including Decision Sciences, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Royal Statistical Society, IIE Transactions, Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production ResearchCommunications in Statistics, and Quality Engineering. He has also authored a textbook titled Statistical Process Analysis and is a co-author of The Practice of Statistics for Business and Economics.

Dr. Alwan has also received several teaching awards, including three times receiving the Lubar College’s Business Advisory Council Award for Teaching Excellence. He is also the recipient of the Susan Szymczak Teaching and Mentoring Award.