ORE home

Graphical Version

Interdisciplinary PhD: Operations Research with Engineering

Colorado School of Mines announced the approval of an Interdisciplinary PhD Specialty in Operations Research with Engineering (ORwE) in the fall of 2011.

Operations Research involves mathematically modeling physical systems (both naturally occurring and man-made) with a view to determining a course of action for the system to either improve or optimize its functionality. Examples of such systems include: manufacturing systems, chemical processes, socio-economic systems, mechanical systems (e.g., those that produce and utilize energy and materials), and mining systems.

The ORwE Program allows students to complete an interdisciplinary doctoral-level degree by taking courses and conducting research in the following departments and divisions: Applied Math & Statistics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Economics & Business, Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Metallurgical & Materials Engineering. Currently, eleven faculty in the departments listed above serve as core faculty in this program.

CSM currently enjoys the fourth ranking in yield and visibility of all U.S. universities according to the “Eleventh Rothkopf Rankings of Universities’ Contributions to the INFORMS Practice Literature,” which emphasizes applied, effective, and influential operations research. The past decade has seen an increase in CSM faculty in Engineering departments and divisions who use OR techniques in their research and in students with Engineering backgrounds with research interests in OR. Specifically, interdisciplinary activity in OR can be found in the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Mining Engineering Department, and in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, among others. OR presence at CSM is ubiquitous, especially in CSM's focus areas of earth, energy and the environment.

Font Size