Why is there such a demand in D.C. for...

<p>IEs or OR guys are in a pretty good demand in Washington, D.C.</p>

<p>Whats the reason for this high need for IEs in this area?</p>

<p>I am just speculating but I would guess because of alot of economic consulting firms in the area and the close connection with different branches of Government including various regulatory agencies.</p>

<p>wow, Industrial Engineers are also involved in those areas too?</p>

<p>Some of the top-secret/intelligence groups use O.R. and Optimization techniques in their technology. Don't forget the various military bases in the area.</p>

<p>One the local universities (either George Washington or George Mason) offers a program in Military Operations Research.</p>

<p>It's pretty big in this area.</p>

<p>Is OR and IE two different things?
or are they connected?</p>

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Is OR and IE two different things?
or are they connected?

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<p>They're quite related. Heck, at Berkeley, the department is a single department known as the "IEOR" department. </p>

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wow, Industrial Engineers are also involved in those areas too?

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<p>Sure, why not? Keep in mind that much of the foundations of IE/OR were laid out in WW2 when the Allies were trying to figure out the best way to ship war material from the US to the UK while losing the least amount from German Uboats, given the constraints on how many protective warships the Allies had. Operations researchers developed a particular convoy system that was determined to be the most efficient. They then developed further military techniques, such as the optimum size of a bomber strike force to send to bomb German defenses, etc.</p>

<p>''They're quite related ''</p>

<p>I am planning to enter PSU, how's thier IE program w/ OR?
[ I heard some schools don't have OR as part of IE]</p>

<p>heres the site for PSU IE sample schedule:</p>

<p><a href="http://www.ie.psu.edu/Academics/Undergraduate/Courses/CurriculumPlan2.htm%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.ie.psu.edu/Academics/Undergraduate/Courses/CurriculumPlan2.htm&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

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I am planning to enter PSU, how's thier IE program w/ OR?
[ I heard some schools don't have OR as part of IE]

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<p>Hey, some schools don't have either one, at least not formally. MIT, for example, doesn't have a formal IE or OR program.</p>

<p>But I don't think formal names really matter. The truth is that MIT actually DOES have IE and OR, but just not as a formally named program. Instead, they exist as subprograms as part of the management program of the MIT Sloan School, as part of the Civil Engineering department (some of the supply chain and information technology stuff), and, if you're a graduate student, then part of the Engineering Systems Division (ESD). </p>

<p>My point is, you shouldn't get so hung up on names. I would venture to say that a guy who got his bachelor's degree in management from the MIT Sloan School who concentrated in operations research would be just as knowledgeable as somebody who actually who got a formal degree in IE/OR from some other school.</p>

<p>I agree.</p>

<p>IE degree with emphasis in OR is just like...
B.S. degree in O.R. which is just like
B.S. Math or Statistics with an emphasis in O.R....which is like
B.S. in Management Science with extra calc-based O.R. courses which is like</p>

<p>...well you get the drift</p>