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The Convergence of Mathematical Analysis and Improved Decision Making

The School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell is consistently placed among a handful of leading Operations Research programs worldwide. Our program fosters an intense collaborative research community in keeping with our history of academic excellence.

Cornell’s program in Operations Research and Information Engineering is a rigorous program with approximately 225 undergraduates, 90 Master of Engineering students, and 40 Ph.D. students. Students have received a variety of awards and recognition including for example, recognition from INFORMS and SIAM and fellowships from the Hertz Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Defense Sciences and Engineering, Department of the Navy, Department of Energy, and IBM.

ORIE focuses on fundamental principles and methods but also uses contextual learning and design experiences to integrate the science with engineering. Our approach to engineering education, both graduate and undergraduate, emphasizes broad mastery of core areas of the discipline:

  • methods of optimization
  • applied probability modeling and statistical analysis
  • manufacturing systems design and operation
  • systems analysis and methodology.

We invite you to join us!


You can find out more information on what OR is at Operations Research: The Science of Better and you can keep pace with recent news in Operations Research on a national and international scale as intended for non-specialists at Analytics, INFORMS' online magazine.

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Did you know?

Brenda Dietrich (ORIE PhD, 1986), is currently IBM Fellow and VP in IBM Research Divisions, has been a leader in persuading a wide range of businesses and industries to benefit from the use of Analystics/ “fact-based decision making”. She transformed IBM’s largely-academic research center into a highly successful consulting operation oriented towards the service industries. INFORMS, gained worldwide recognition for being the world’s foremost community of experts in Analytics under her leadership and the prevalence of “analytics” in business discussions nowadays is in no small part due to her.