ORIE Senior Spotlight--Charlie Ruan
Cornell is exceptional in a wide range of academic fields, allowing me to meet people coming from different backgrounds and aiming for different goals.
I fell in love with the major when I took ENGRI 1101 with Sam Gutekunst. ORIE is a practical major that teaches you how to solve engineering problems in real-world systems quantitatively and rigorously, an invaluable skill that can be applied in many different fields.
What have you learned while pursuing this major?
I learned how to model and optimize an arbitrary and potentially stochastic system mathematically. For instance, I have used what I learned in ORIE to route traffic in computer networks and optimize car-dispatching policies in ride-hailing systems (e.g. Uber).
Any advice for students considering ORIE?
ORIE is a flexible major: you can explore a variety of career tracks such as academia, software engineering, data science, and even finance.
Any interests outside of school work?
I love playing tennis and watching Formula One with friends.
What stands out to you about your Cornell ORIE experience?
Cornell ORIE is a tight-knit community, where you can meet lifelong friends and knowledgeable advisors. The professors are approachable and excel at both lecturing and researching. The curriculum is well-designed and has top-notch quality.
What’s next for you?
Attending MSCS at Carnegie Mellon University, planning to do research in machine learning systems.
Favorite quote that helps inspire you in your work/life?
"Trust the process" -- a close friend of mine.