Faculty Research

Professor Shipra Agrawal was awarded the Amazon Research Award (ARA) for her proposal on “New Algorithmic Approaches for Reinforcement Learning, with Application to Integer Programming” and a Google Research Award for her proposal on “Robust Auction Mechanisms Under Heterogeneous Buyer Behavior.”

Our Graduates

Class President Aakanxit Khullar (BSFE ’18) and Iron Chef Judy Joo (BSOR ’97) spoke before the graduating Columbia Engineering Class of 2018. Kullar joined Goldman Sachs in May as an Investment Banking Analyst.

Our Educational Programs

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research is home to five educational disciplines: Business Analytics, Financial Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, Operations Research, and Industrial Engineering.
Undergraduate Programs | Graduate Programs  | Doctoral Programs

Welcome to the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

The department is the home to five disciplines: business analytics, financial engineering, management science and engineering, operations research, and industrial engineering. We offer multiple undergraduate programs and various graduate programs leading to a degree of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Seminars in conjunction with other departments are also offered. We also produce prominent research in areas like logistics, supply chain management, network algorithms, revenue management, and more.




In addition to multiple undergraduate programs, the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research offers graduate programs leading to degrees of  Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). These programs are flexible, with a choice of various concentrations and with sufficient elective courses that allow each student to pursue his or her area of interest. 

Learn more about our graduate admissions process.
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Research & Centers

Research & Centers

The department constantly and consistently produces prominent research in the areas of logistics, routing, scheduling, production and supply chain management, inventory control, revenue management, and quality control. New developments are being explored in operations research—in particular, mathematical programming, combinatorial optimization, stochastic modeling, computational and mathematical finance, queuing theory, reliability, simulation, and both deterministic and stochastic network flows. In finance, research is conducted in portfolio management, option pricing including exotic and real options, computational finance like Monte Carlo simulation and numerical methods, and data mining and risk management. 

Projects are sponsored and supported by leading private firms and government agencies. 

Our faculty and students are involved in the work of the following research and educational centers:

Learn more about our centers.



The Applied Probability and Risk Seminar is a joint seminar between IEOR, the Statistics Department, and the Center for Applied Probability (CAP). 

The  IEOR-DRO Seminar is a joint offering from IEOR and the Decision, Risk and Operations Division  of the Columbia Business School. It features prominent research on decision-making through optimization, modeling and managing uncertainty, and all aspects of the operations function in firms.

The Financial Engineering Practitioners Seminar exhibits research and practice in financial engineering and related fields.

The seminars meet on Monday evenings from 6:00–7:30 p.m. and are followed by a reception and refreshments. We welcome attendees from industry and academia.

Learn more about our Seminars.