Where phd Work

Our students are highly sought after and tend to be split evenly between those seeking university positions and those pursuing employment in non-academic settings.

Graduates of our Ph.D. programs take academic positions at top engineering and business schools where they continue to build impactful research and teaching careers, and also sometimes choose to work in smaller departments, including those focused on computing and math, with a teaching-focused mission. You can find our Ph.D. graduates at virtually every industrial engineering or operations program in the U.S. and many others around the world.

Our students also choose to work at some of the best and most progressive companies that deploy industrial engineering, statistics, analytics, or operations research methodologies in their organization. Ph.D. graduates have also risen to lead those groups as well as to go on and lead the organizations. Typical non-academic positions include those at research labs, R&D groups in corporations, software development firms, and the like. Typical titles include: operations research analyst, consultant, staff mathematician, and statistician.


 A sample of companies that have attracted our Ph.D. graduates include:

  • Amazon
  • BHP Billiton
  • UPS
  • McKinsey
  • Samsung
  • ExxonMobil
  • Logility
  • i2
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Battelle
  • SAS
  • Axioma
  • Descartes Associates
  • GE Global Research
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Gurobi
  • BP Energy
  • Suntrust Bank
  • Delta Technologies
  • IBM
  • Siemens
  • Oracle
  • Intel
  • Capital One
  • NASA
  • United Airlines
  • BNSF

For those seeking academic positions, the School’s record has been strong. The following is a partial list of institutions where recent graduates have taken positions:

  • MIT (Sloan/ORC)
  • Berkeley (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research)
  • Cornell (Operations Research and Industrial Engineering)
  • Carnegie Mellon (Business, Statistics)
  • Wisconsin-Madison (Industrial and Systems Engineering, Statistics)
  • Illinois-Urbana Champaign (Industrial and Enterprise Engineering)
  • Purdue (Industrial Engineering)
  • Harvard (Statistics)
  • Iowa (Business)
  • Arkansas (Industrial Engineering)
  • Texas-Austin (Operations Research)
  • Northwestern (IEMS, Business)
  • Lehigh (Industrial Engineering)
  • Florida (Industrial Engineering)
  • North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Operations Research, Business)
  • Middle East Technical University [Turkey] (Industrial Engineering)
  • Michigan (Industrial and Operations Engineering)
  • Duke (Business)
  • Penn State (School of Information Sciences and Technology)
  • Chicago (Business)
  • Minnesota (Industrial Engineering)
  • University of Chile (Industrial Engineering)
  • Texas A&M (Industrial Engineering)
  • Virginia Tech (Industrial Engineering)