Operations, Information & Technology

In the operations, information, and technology area, the focus is on the management of systems, processes, and networks.

Examples of faculty research include health care systems, product design and manufacturing processes, supply networks, information systems, energy and environmental systems, homeland security systems, financial systems, and social networks. We employ methods from the fields of operations research, game theory, econometrics, computer science, and probability and statistics, and exploit the growing availability of data.

Each student, in close cooperation with his or her principal faculty advisor, writes a dissertation on a subject of his or her choice. Graduates of the OIT PhD Program usually pursue academic careers in the areas of operations, manufacturing, or information systems.

Preparation and Qualifications

The program is intended for students with strong training in relevant mathematical methods and models who are interested in academic careers. Students who enroll in this program must have strong preparation in advanced calculus, linear algebra, or probability. Competence in optimization, computer programming, microeconomics, and classical statistics is also helpful.

Recent Journal Articles in Operations, Information & Technology

Kuang Xu, Se-Young Yun
Proceedings of ACM SIGMETRICS. July
Yiangos Papanastasiou, Kostas Bimpikis, Nicos Savva
Management Science. April
2018, Vol. 64, Issue 4, Pages 1727-1746
Lawrence M. Wein, Can Wang
Journal of Forensic Science (forthcoming). March
5, 2018

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