Evan Barlow


PHONE: 801.626.6418

EMAIL: evanbarlow@weber.edu

WEB: Personal Website





Evan Barlow joined the faculty in the Supply Chain Management program in Weber State University’s Goddard School of Business & Economics in 2016. He completed his Ph.D. in Operations Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also has a B.S. degree from Brigham Young University and a M.S. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in chemical engineering. 

Prior to studying at Northwestern, he spent four years as a process development engineer in Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Process R&D department, where, among other accomplishments, he helped develop a process to mass produce a new cancer drug.

Evan has two primary research streams.  Most of his recent research focuses on business data analytics and artificial intelligence.  Research topics in this stream include:  (i) bridging the gaps between traditional econometric methods and modern AI, and (ii) developing novel methodologies to give an AI the ability to prescribe intelligent decisions rather than simply predicting an outcome.  His second research stream focuses on the intersection of operations and supply chain management with organizational and labor economics. Current research topics explore worker poaching between supply chain members; the interaction between worker training, flexibility, and autonomy; and organizational and supply chain design in the presence of labor market competition. He is currently a member of INFORMS.


Ph.D., Operations Management - Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, 2016

MS, Chemical Engineering - University of Texas at Austin, 2007

BS, Chemical Engineering - Brigham Young University, 2004


I have too many hobies to count most of them as actual hobbies.  Most of my time outside of work is spent with my family.  For example, I work alongside my wife doing DIY home improvement projects, I coached my oldest daughter's softball team and I enjoy watching an occasional movie with her, I go to the batting cages with my oldest son and watch an occasional superhero movie with him, and I supervise trampoline time for my youngest son and daughter.  Recently, I've begun attending Weber State University athletic events with my oldest children.

My only real hobby is creative thinking.  Creative thought has inspired research streams, teaching exercises, personal improvement, insight into social issues, and several products and services I hope to turn into successful business and/or community service endeavors.  Examples of products and services I've developed into concepts are: (i) a novel plastic designed for use with greenhouses and low-cost solar thermal energy capture, (ii) novel low-cost or high-performance human-powered boat propulsion systems, (iii) a novel financial instrument and loan product for lending institutions, (iv) a novel artificial intelligence method, and (v) novel electric wind turbine designs.


Personal Website


Operations and Supply Chain Management Academic Papers:

Barlow. Prescriptive Black-Box AI from Big Data (work in progress)
Barlow. Hybrid Estimation: Combining the Best of Structural Estimation and Machine Learning (work in progress)
Barlow. A Machine Learning Approach to Performance Assessment of Homogeneous Tasks (work in progress)

Barlow, Allon, Bassamboo. Workers' Flexible Training and Empowerment with Production Decision Rights (work in progress) 
Barlow, Allon, Bassamboo. Poaching Workers in a Supply Chain: Enemy From Within?

Operations and Supply Chain Management Pedagogical Papers:

Barlow. A Simple Activity to Introduce Predictive Analytics: Movie Recommender Systems (work in progress)

Pharmaceutical Industry Professional Papers:

Lobben, Barlow, et al. Control Strategy for the Manufacture of Brivanib Alaninate, a Novel Pyrrolotriazine VEGFR/FGFR Inhibitor 
Broxer, Barlow, et al. The Development of a Robust Process for a CRF1 Receptor Antagonist

Semiconductor Industry Academic Publications:

McClure, Barlow, et al. Effect of Dilute Nitric Acid on Crystallization and Fracture of Amorphous Solid Water Films 
McClure, Barlow, et al. Transport in Amorphous Solid Water Films: Implications for Self-Diffusivity

Medical Device and Healthcare Academic Publications:

Goodman, Barlow, et al. Computational Model of Device-Induced Thrombosis and Thromboembolism

Renewable Fuels and Sustainability Academic Publications:

Hunsaker, Barlow, et al. Renewable transportation fuels from biomass and black liquor