Operations, Information & Technology

In the Operations, Information, and Technology field we use mathematical models to improve technological systems.

We develop new methods, improve the use of emerging technologies, study a wide variety of systems, and impact practice, using tools from operations research, game theory, econometrics, computer science, probability and statistics.

Our faculty research interests include health care systems, product design and manufacturing processes, supply networks, information systems, energy and environmental systems, homeland security systems, financial systems, social networks, and online markets. Our faculty-student ratio is approximately one-to-one allowing for personalized attention to students. 

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 admits have majored in Electrical and Industrial Engineering, Math, Statistics and Economics.

Recent Journal Articles in Operations, Information & Technology

Morris A. Cohen, Hau L. Lee
Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. January
2020, Vol. 22, Issue 1, Pages 15-24
Stefan Wager, David A. Hirshberg
Journal of Business & Economic Statistics. December
20, 2019, Vol. 38, Issue 1, Pages 19-24
Omar Besbes, Yonatan Gur, Assaf Zeevi
Stochastic Systems. December
2019, Vol. 9, Issue 4, Pages 319-337

Recent Insights by Stanford Business

December 10, 2019
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December 6, 2019
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December 6, 2019
Stanford GSB professors recommend the books they’re most likely to give as presents over this year’s holiday season.
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