Operations Research with Engineering

An interdisciplinary PhD program.

Operations Research with Engineering


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 Mathematics and Statistics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Economics and Business, Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Metallurgical & Materials Engineering. Currently, eleven faculty in the departments listed above serve as core faculty in this program.

Mines 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 Mines 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, among others. OR presence at Mines is ubiquitous, especially in Mines’ focus areas of earth, energy and the environment.

News and Events

  • PhD student Jennifer DiCarlo selected as a 2017 Tillman Scholar
  • Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) presents Captains of Industry Award to David Baker of DirecTV
  • David Baker makes generous donation to the Operations Research with Engineering program. His continued support enriches the program and the students academic experience.Thank you, David. You make excellence in innovation accessible to all students.
  • The journal Interfaces recently published the 11th Rothkopf rankings of University Contributions to the academic literature in applied operations research. Colorado School of Mines currently ranks fourth of 44 top U.S. universities in the yield contribution category and fourth in visibility.
  • David Baker, alumnus delivers commencement address at Tusculum May 2016 graduation ceremony. Baker holds a PhD in Mineral Economics with a specialization in Operations Research from Colorado School of Mines.