The Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s (ISyE) undergraduate program has been ranked the #1 program of its kind in the nation since 1991 according to the U.S. News & World Reports. While many of our students seek out our program because of our top rankings, they are equally attracted to the number of concentrations and academic interests offered. Yet one of the most alluring qualities of this program is the flexibility of career options that our Bachelor of Science (BSIE) degree allows.
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At ISyE, we work on ways to improve a variety of complex systems by formulating and analyzing abstract models in search of making systems more efficient and optimizing performance. We address how people and the decisions they make contribute to the complexity of systems and how people benefit when those systems are analyzed. We immerse ourselves in the depth and breadth of decision-based technical problem solving by focusing on the disciplines of industrial engineering, operations research, and systems engineering. So, what does that all mean?
Problems Industrial Engineer's Solve
A refuse company has a service contract for trash collection in a metro Atlanta neighborhood. This is a relatively large subdivision with approximately 4000 homes; streets are both one- and two-way and pickup occurs once weekly (every Tuesday).
Currently, the company assigns three trucks to the subdivision with all entering at a fixed point (x) and departing by an exit point (y, which is different than x) after their work is completed. While no single or even pair of trucks has enough combined capacity to completely service the neighborhood, the capacity of all three will indeed suffice; that is, all three must be used in some configuration.
Your objective is to find a fixed route for each vehicle so that the least combined travel distance (considering all trucks) is driven and the following restrictions are met: (i) no vehicle capacity is exceeded, and (ii) each street is traversed, adhering to direction if necessary, at least once.