Ph.D. Students on the Job Market

A number of ORIE Ph.D. students are looking for employment opportunities.

Emily Fischer
Preferred Field:

I am looking for an academic position in a field related to applied mathematics, probability, statistics or operations research. An ideal fit would be a faculty position with a strong teaching component in addition to research.

My research interests include applied probability, social network models, random graphs, and heavy-tailed behavior. My thesis research delves into the role of community structure in networks, examining how communities form in a network and how the presence of communities affect processes on the network, such as epidemic spreading.

I have a passion for teaching and significant teaching experience, including as the sole instructor of a course of around 200 students. Courses for which I have been the instructor or teaching assistant include probability and statistics, discrete mathematics and real analysis, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

My website can be found at


Ragavendran Gopalakrishnan
Job Type:
Tenure-track academic position at business/engineering schools

Raga%20Gopalakrishnan%20-%20144x216.jpgRaga Gopalakrishnan is a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University, jointly hosted by Siddhartha Banerjee and Samitha Samaranayake. His Ph.D. is in computer science from Caltech, following which he held a postdoctoral position at the University of Colorado Boulder and research scientist/manager roles at Xerox/Conduent (Transportation Services). His research concerns the design of service systems with strategic entities, especially the interplay between operational policies (e.g., routing, matching, staffing) and economic mechanisms (e.g., pricing, cost/revenue sharing, incentives), with a growing focus on applications to modern urban transportation.

Please visit Raga’s website at for more information.


Venus Lo
Preferred Field:

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student and I am being advised by Prof. Huseyin Topaloglu. I plan to graduate in the summer of 2019. My research interest is in the area of revenue management, particularly in assortment optimization, customer choice modelling, and pricing.

For more information on my recent projects, please visit


Saul Toscano
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Saul%20Toscano%20-%20144x216.jpgI am a Ph.D. student in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) of Cornell University, working with Prof. Peter Frazier. My research focuses on the development and analysis of Bayesian optimization algorithms, and their application for training machine learning algorithms, and optimization via simulation. Previously, I did a one-year internship at Uber as a data scientist, where I worked on pricing and transportation problems.

For more information on Saul, please visit his website at


Tiandong Wang
Preferred Field: Academic

Tiandong%20Wang%20-%20144x216.jpgI am currently a fifth-year Ph.D. in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University, advised by Prof. Sidney Resnick. I will complete my Ph.D. in May 2019. My research interest is on extreme value theory along with its applications.

For more information on Tiandong, please visit herwebsite at