Mission, History, and Vision

Mission of Columbia University

Mission of School of Engineering and Applied Science

History of the IEOR Department

Vision of the IEOR Department 



Mission of Columbia University

Columbia University is among the world's most distinguished research and education facility for students, scholars and professionals.  The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

Mission of School of Engineering and Applied Science

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, as a part of the world-class teaching and research university, strives to provide the best in both undergraduate and graduate education. We are preparing engineering leaders who will solve the problems of the new century, fostering scientific inquiry but never losing sight of its human implications. The School's programs are designed to produce well-educated engineers who can put their knowledge to work for society. This broad educational thrust takes advantage of the School's links to a great liberal arts college and to distinguished graduate programs in law, business, and medicine. Through a synergy of teaching and research, we seek to educate a distinguished cadre of leaders in engineering and applied science, who will thrive in an atmosphere of recently emerging technologies.

History of the IEOR Department

The Department was first established in year 1919, when Industrial Engineering programs started at Columbia; the first class graduated in 1922. Operations Research courses have been offered at Columbia since 1952. Today, the Department is the home to four disciplines including Engineering Management Systems, Financial Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Operations Research.

Vision of the IEOR Department

Our vision is that the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department (IEOR) of Columbia University is to become a world class organization of prominent research, education, and collaboration that produces, attracts and retains industry leaders, decision makers, and researchers in the fields of Engineering Management, Financial Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Operations Research.


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