Steve Powell

Professor and Faculty Director, First-Year Project


Steve Powell has been a professor at Tuck since 1987. He teaches courses in management science, including the core Decision Science course, and electives in the Art of Modeling and Applications of Simulation. His research interests include modeling production lines and service sector business processes, as well as how novices formulate models and use models in decision making. He is co-author of Management Science: The Art of Modeling with Spreadsheets, with Ken Baker, and Modeling for Insight, with Bob Batt. He received the 2001 INFORMS Prize for Teaching of OR/MS Practice. He is also working with the Tuck Spreadsheet Engineering Research Project, a three-year project to study how individuals and organizations use spreadsheets and to identify best practices.


Management Science by Stephen Powell and Kenneth Baker  //

Management Science

Successful business modeling is as much an art as a science. Becoming an expert modeler, therefore, requires both technical knowledge and mastery of craft skills. Learn more

Modeling for Insight by Stephen Powell and Robert Batt  //

Modeling for Insight

Modeling for Insight is a one-of-a-kind guide to building effective spreadsheet models for ill-structured problems and using them to generate insights. Learn more

Spreadsheet Engineering Research Project  //

The purpose of this three-year project, funded by a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is to improve the design and use of spreadsheets by individuals and organizations. Learn more

First-Year Project  //

Professor Powell tells Tuck Today about the First-Year Project (FYP) core course, a term-long, project-based course that provides students with the opportunity to apply what they learn in the first-year core to a real-world problem in a corporate, nonprofit, or entrepreneurial project. Read the article








  • Ph.D., Engineering-Economic Systems, 1983, Stanford University
  • M.S., Engineering-Economic Systems, 1976, Stanford University
  • B.A. (High Honors), Economics, 1971, Oberlin College


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