Jacob Ornelas

Jacob Ornelas

PhD Candidate

Area of Focus

  • Operations

Research Interests

  • Areas: Gaming Floor Optimization, Revenue Management & Optimization, Customer Loyalty, Tribal Gaming Issues, Remote/Regional-Resort Destination vs. Resort Destination
  • Methods: Econometric Analysis, Causal Inference, Multi-Arm Bandit Problems, Probabilistic Graphical Models, Bayesian Estimation, Structural Modeling, Game Theory

Industry Experience

  • Lead Strategic Data Analyst: Oneida Nation Enterprises, 2020-Present
  • Senior Revenue Optimization and Channel Management Analyst: MGM Resorts International, 2018-2020
  • Revenue Management Analyst: Las Vegas Sands Corporation, 2017-2018
  • Junior Financial Analyst, Auditor (Gaming & Non-Gaming), Marketing Analyst: Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 2007-2010


  • MA, Economics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
  • SB, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA