O.R. and Analytics Professionals: Profiles

The following articles provide information on the wide variety of careers in O.R./Analytics as described firsthand from the people working in these fields.

  • Mary Crissey,
    Civilian Workforce Analyst, Major – US Air Force
    • "Today we are forging innovative ways to deliver and transform data into valuable information from which Air Force managers around the world can benefit."
  • Mark Reynolds,
    Director, Business Optimization, Level 3 Communications
    • "Level 3 has many challenges to realize its goals and operations research will be a central building block to doing that"
  • Jeff Linderoth,
    Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Argonne National Laboratory, Mathematics and Computer Science Division
    • "Traditional computing paradigms are changing...optimization algorithms must be ready to adapt to these changes. We are exploring ways to solve large optimization problems on metacomputing platforms."
  • Deep Parekh,
    Manager, Consulting Services, Ernst & Young LLP
    • "The base of knowledge that you can gain via consulting is extremely wide, and gives you the opportunity to go as deep as you want to go in any vertical."
  • Brenda Dietrich,
    Senior Research Manager, Optimization Center, IBM
    • "Companies appreciate the business value of optimization and are investing in applications and end users are becoming more computer literate and easier to satisfy"
  • Ladislav Lettovsky,
    Senior Consultant, Sabre Research Group
    • "What I like most about the Sabre Research Group is that we have real experts from many different fields and it is very easy to bring a team together to work on any of our problems."
  • Cynthia Barnhart,
    Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT and Co-Director, Operations Research Center, MIT
    • "To me, operations research is fun because it involves creativity -- there isn't necessarily a single, cookie-cutter approach especially when trying to model large, complex systems like those in transportation."
  • Harlan Crowder,
    Optimization Consulting Manager, ILOG, Inc.
    • "If you look at who is successful in our discipline, you usually find a common thread: They have learned how to do one thing and they have learned how to do it very well."
  • Mike Grant,
    Manager of Industrial Engineering, Southwest Research Institute
    • "Much of my focus has been on using modeling and simulation techniques to include the statistical aspects of model development, validation, and implementation."
  • Steven Gould,
    Lead Consultant, CGI
    • "I tend to get involved in all aspects of software development, whether or not O.R. is involved. I particularly enjoy O.R. applications because of the extra value we can deliver to the customer."
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  • Leslie-Ann Asmus,
    Supply Chain Product Manager, Chesapeake Supply Chain Division, Aspen Technology, Inc.
    • "My title of Supply Chain Project Manager translates to being involved in everything from pre-sales technical support to industry template development to project management and support."
  • Majors Jeffrey Huisingh and Randy Zimmerman,
    Co-directors, Federal Travel Reinvention Laboratory
    • "As technology evolves, OR tools may change, but the fundamental need and use for O.R. in the military will remain steadfast." (JH). " I feel that the ability to understand and model a process is the most important skill that an OR/MS practitioner needs." (RZ).
  • Douglas Gray,
    Vice President, Technical Sales and Marketing, ECWerks, Inc.
    • "What I enjoy most about my career in OR/MS is that I work at the intersection of challenging, real-world business problems, bright people with great ideas, powerful mathematical concepts and leading edge technology—and get paid pretty well for it!"