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Transcript of Recruitment


Thank you!
Applying to a Top PhD Program

Georgia Tech Information Session
Doctoral Programs in
Industrial Engineering
Operations Research
Purpose of my talk
How to prepare for PhD study in operations research and industrial engineering
Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering
1,400 Undergraduate Students
240 Master’s Students
140 PhD Students
14,000 Undergraduate Students

7,000 Graduate Students
Georgia Tech Enrollment
Graduate School is Affordable
With a BS degree:
Someone will be telling you what to do at work.

With an MS degree:
You are probably going to rise to mid-level management.

With a PhD:
You will either be deciding the direction or research & development or else you will be in upper level management.
This is best suited for MBA, applied programs
Works well for students who are not sure about their future goals
Recommended for some of our practice-oriented MS degrees
statement of purpose
Written like a good news article: put crucial information up front
Do not make it too long
Unique motivation & purpose can help single you out
If you are interested in working with a specific professor, list him or her in your statement
Resume needs to be clean, organized, as simple as possible
Education first
Work Experience: only the most recent and most important
Awards: limit to only significant ones
Publications: helpful, but not necessary
Letters of Recommendation are crucial to application success
Industry letter is over-rated
Have at least one relatively well-known professor write a letter for you
Have at least one letter from teacher in high-level math, science or computer science class
GRE scores
Graduate Record Exam: Quantitative Score, Verbal Score, Academic Writing
Max Score 170
Median application score GRE(Q) is 168 (top 2%)
We do not rely heavily on GRE scores, but they serve as a red flag (low scores)
Take the GRE Subject Test in Math (or computer science)
Grades are hard to assess due to grade inflation

Chinese universities rely on class ranking
Your application likely will be dismissed if GPA is under 3.3
4.0 GPA does not predict success
We focus on grades achieved in key math classes
Based on my experience as the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies at the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech.
Includes blatant and unapologetic promotion of our own PhD programs
How Georgia Tech selects PhD applicants in their program
How to improve your school application
How Georgia Tech's program compares with competing programs in OR and IE
50% are from Georgia
ISyE Enrollment:
ISyE graduates over 10% of the country’s Industrial Engineers
For Science & Engineering, it is always a good investment
20% higher for graduates with MS
50% higher for graduates with PhD
You might be working under someone who does, though
Starting Salaries are Higher for MS, PhD
If you are in an industry, you will not be doing “industrial research” unless you have a PhD
Important Engineering Problems Require Expert Knowledge
A lot has been said about gaining “real-world” experience before committing to a graduate program
For a math-related PhD program, it is probably best to go in with momentum
Successful work experience can show that a PhD applicant has gained maturity, but it not a good predictor for student success in math-intensive courses
Taking hard math courses during senior year is an effective way of preparing for doctoral study
graduate school
Varies between schools
Ranking Graduate Schools
2014 Ranked Programs in U.S. News & World Report
Top Georgia Tech Engineering Graduate Programs: 5th Ranked
No. 1 graduate program every year for 23 consecutive years as of the 2014 Best Graduate Programs issue.

No. 1 undergraduate program for 18 years as of the 2013 Best Undergraduate programs issue.

2. Michigan
3. M.I.T.
4. Northwestern
5. Stanford
6. Berkeley
7. Cornell
8. Wisconsin
9. Virginia Tech
10. Purdue

1. Georgia Tech
Penn State
NC State
Texas A&M
North Carolina
Ohio State

Industrial and Systems Engineering – 1st
Biomedical Engineering – 2nd
Civil Engineering – 3rd
Aerospace Engineering – 4th
Environmental Engineering – 6th
Computer Engineering – 6th
Electrical Engineering – 5th
Mechanical Engineering – 6th
Materials Engineering – 7th
Nuclear Engineering - 8th
Chemical Engineering – 10th
Faculty of ISyE
Areas of Expertise
Stochastic systems
Economic decision analysis

Supply Chains & Logistics
Humanitarian Logistics
Information Technology
Sustainability & Natural Systems
Energy & Finance

Operations Research
Most faculty directly involved with OR program, largest concentration of OR faculty housed in any single academic unit
World-class faculty leads ISyE to #1 ranking
Joint with Math and Computer Science: Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO).

The Supply Chain & Logistics Institute
Global Transportation Center
Health and Humanitarian Logistics Center
International Centers
Leaders in Logistics
Resource Scheduling Center
Supply Chain Strategy Center
Warehousing & Distribution Center

PhD Program
Doctoral degree graduates typically number 20 to 25 per year
Large group of famous faculty offer greatest variety of research areas for PhD students
Historically, PhD graduates have taken 1st jobs in academia or industry in roughly equal proportions. Those who do not pursue academic careers can be found in research positions in business, industry, and government, across the spectrum of specializations and domains (logistics, transportation, health, finance, telecommunication, and the like).

Degree Options (PhD)
PhD in Industrial Engineering

PhD in Operations Research

1. Supply Chain Engineering
2. System Informatics and Control
3. Economic Decision Analysis
4. Statistics
PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization
PhD in Computational Science Engineering
PhD in Bioinformatics

Academic Placement
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of California-Berkeley
Cornell University
Harvard University
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Illinois
University of Chicago
University of Minnesota
Duke University
Purdue University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Michigan
Northwestern University

University of Florida
Rutgers University
University of Southern California
University of Iowa
University of Texas
U.S. Military Academy
Texas A&M University
University of Wisconsin
Clemson University
Virginia Tech
North Carolina State
University of Georgia
Mt. Holyoke College
Lehigh University

Iowa State University
Northeastern University
Georgetown University

Hong Kong UST
National Univ. Singapore
National Cheng Kung University
Hanyang Univ.
University of Waterloo
Simon Fraser University
University of Chile
Middle East Technical University
Simon Bolivar University

Mark Lewis, Professor
Cornell University
Ying Hung, Assistant Professor
Rutgers University
Juan Pablo Vielma, Assistant Professor
George Lan, Assistant Professor
University of Florida
Jeffrey Linderoth
University of Wisconsin
Tirthankar Dasgupta, Associate Professor
Harvard University
Alper Atamtürk, Professor
University of California, Berkeley

Professor Jiheng Zhang
Hong Kong Univ. Science & Technology
Ann Campbell, Associate Professor
University of Iowa

Dan Adelman, Professor
University of Chicago

Examples of Student Placement
Career Placement in Industry
United Airlines
IBM (OR group in Seattle)
Exxon Mobil Research & Engineering
UPS (Atlanta)
General Electric (NY)
eBay (San Jose)
Sabre Holdings
Delta Airlines

BHP Biliton
Capital One
Suntrust Bank
JP Morgan Chase
...will I graduate?
Typical PhD programs last 5 years
Acceptance rate in PhD programs 20%
In 2012, 20 PhDs confirmed in IE/OR
From PhD admissions in Fall 2011, 7% dropped out or were removed from program before taking comprehensive exams
PhD comprehensive exam pass rate (averaged over past four years) is over 85%
Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the southeastern United States
Population 5,300,000
GDP ranks 15th largest city in the world
Southern climate: mild winters, hot summers

Atlanta has a rich history, from its epic rise from the ashes of the US Civil War, its role as the epicenter for civil rights struggles of the 1960s, to hosting the 1996 Summer Olympics

So much to do in a big city: music, arts, sports, cultural diversity and southern hospitality
Affordable! Convenient Airport
Lots of college students and young professionals
Great weather - beautiful fall, short winter, early spring

Applying to GT-ISyE
Admissions decisions are based, in large measure, on information derived from three sources:

Performance in all prior degree programs (earned GPA, field(s), institution(s))

GRE scores, especially the quantitative and analytical/analytical writing portions. Note that applications to the OR PhD Program and especially those to the ACO Program are strengthened by the inclusion of a high GRE Subject Test score if applicable (e.g. mathematics or computer science)

Credible letters of reference
Application Deadline for Fall Semester: February 1

Graduate Students
at ISyE

Most MS Students pay full tuition and fees
PhD students will gain tuition waivers and will be offered a graduate assistantship
Top PhD recruits can gain fellowship aid that will pay for GT fees (and then some!)
Campus visits are encouraged
It’s better to apply early!

Your First Year of Study

Step by Step Guide to Success

Take Core Courses

Take Comprehensive Exam after first year

Thesis Defense

Special Problems Classes

Finish Required Course Work

Thesis Proposal

Academic versus Industry Career

Start Thesis Work
Choosing a PhD program
IE versus OR
Choosing a specialty in PhD IE

Supply Chain

Choosing a PhD thesis adviser

First Year Review
Otis Jennings, Assistant Professor
Columbia University
Jackie Griffin, Assistant Professor
Northeastern University
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