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Master of Engineering Concentrations and Minors in ORIE

Six concentrations and one minor (previously called "options") are offered through the Master of Engineering program in ORIE. From the basic Applied OR concentration to a variety of other specializations, the program provides ample scope and permits students to pursue a wide range of electives. Brief descriptions of the concentrations are listed below. For more detailed information about each of these concentrations, please see the Master of Engineering Student Handbook and Master of Engineering Program Information.

The Applied Operations Research Concentration

The Applied Operations Research Concentration (AOR) is the most general of the concentrations and allows the most flexibility with respect to elective courses. The AOR concentration is most appropriate for students with undergraduate degrees in ORIE who want to increase the depth and breadth of their exposure to operations research and its applications, and for those with undergraduate degrees in other fields who want to gain a solid foundation in the theory and practice of OR.

The Data Analytics Concentration

The Data Analytics Concentration focuses on the theory and tools needed to make fact-based, data-driven decisions associated with the development, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services. The required course work for this concentration consists of three complementary areas that are collectively essential for effective data analysis.

The Financial Engineering Concentration

The Financial Engineering Concentration (FE) prepares students for careers that involve the quantitative analysis and management of financial instruments and risk. Such jobs frequently involve: (1) mathematical modeling and analysis of stocks, bonds, options, currency exchange rates, and other structured products, (2) developing quantitative models to help corporations understand and manage their exposure to risk, and/or (3) implementing algorithms to monitor, price, and/or trade financial instruments. Unlike other concentrations, FE is specifically designed to be a three-semester program (Fall-Spring-Fall), with the third (i.e., second fall) semester taking place at Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan in New York City.

The Information Technology Concentration

The Information Technology Concentration (IT) prepares students to participate in the development, acquisition, and integration of information systems (particularly those embodying OR approaches) to ensure that strategic business needs are satisfied. Students who elect this concentration will be introduced to the essentials of information technology and ways to bring it to bear in enterprise environments to assist real decision making.

The Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Concentration

Students prepare to use their operations research skills to great effect in manufacturing environments. This concentration covers all aspects of the design, production, and distribution of goods and services, as well as the fundamentals of modern manufacturing technology, and the use of computers for design, analysis and management of manufacturing processes.

Strategic Operations Concentration

The keystone of the Strategic Operations Concentration (SO) is the Strategic Operations Immersion (SOI) course offered by the Johnson Graduate School of Management.This 15-credit-hour intensive “supercourse” occupies the entire spring semester. SO provides a comprehensive treatment of production management, including product design, logistics, quality control, corporate organization, employee organization and compensation, marketing, and globalization. Students and faculty from the College of Engineering, the Johnson Graduate School of Management, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations participate. For scheduling reasons, students taking the SO concentration frequently need to spend an extra summer at Cornell in order to complete the ORIE MEng degree requirements. Typically, a student must already have a strong background in operations research and/or relevant professional experience to be admitted to the SO concentration.

The Systems Engineering Minor

The Systems Engineering Minor prepares students to meet the increasing need from industry for engineers who go beyond the expertise in a particular engineering discipline. Within this minor program, students with diverse interdisciplinary skills integrate engineering system components, ensure total system operability, and evaluate various economic forces in the marketplace.