My decision to go to
Pitt was definitely rewarding. Living in Pitt not only gave me international
exposure but also helped me network and make useful life - long connections.
The Swanson School of Engineering (IE Department) provided me with all the technical
knowledge, opportunity to network during the career fair and numerous course
options to advance further in my career. With no doubt all the faculty members
were helpful, friendly and approachable throughout the journey. Special thanks
to Dr Bidanda and Dr Rajgopal for always being patient and helping me
understand all the difficult concepts and preparing me for the real life
Choosing the MS and PhD Program at Pitt IE
was one the best decisions I have ever made in my life. After my undergrad study
in Mechanical Engineering related courses in China, I came to this country for
graduate education and changed gears into a new major. The MS program
soon turned IEOR into my enthusiasm and passion. Dr. Rajgopal
and Dr. Bidanda encouraged me to challenge myself with the doctoral
program, and I was also impressed by the humanity and flexibility of the
department, so I went ahead with the exploration. During my 5-year journey
here, I have always been very grateful for their myriad help and encouragement,
solid training, supportive and inclusive environment, and constructive
feedback. I also want to thank everyone at Pitt for making such a great
community to belong to. With such support, I cultivated expertise in Machine
Learning and Optimization, published several papers including one in Omega-The
International Journal in Management Science, and landed an internship at Amazon
as a Research Scientist. Most importantly, I met my partner here who is also a
Pitt IEer with an MSIE. During my last year at Pitt, she started a new job at an
industry leading company in the west coast, and the department has been so
understanding and humanistic so I could work remotely and stay with her, especially during COVID-19. I graduated with multiple job offers from
Technology and Internet giants and startups, and a comprehensive set of tech
and soft skills. I am currently working at Microsoft on the application
and research of Machine Learning and Optimization in Cloud Computing. I could
never have dreamed about this when I first came to Pitt and I am so proud of me and Pitt for making this possible. I welcome you into our family and you can make
your dreams come true!
My five-year journey in
the Pitt IE Ph.D. program was rewarding in every possible way: research,
career, and personal life. At Pitt IE, I was always fortunate to be
surrounded by so many wonderful professors and fellow students who are priceless resources and can be helpful in one way or another when
conducting research, cultivating teaching skills, seeking
career advice, etc. With their kind help and support in courses,
research work, etc., I was able to lay down a solid foundation for the
understanding of machine learning from an optimization perspective, leading to
success in research and securing multiple offers for internships and full-time
jobs. This experience in Pitt IE yielded fruitful publications in top
machine learning conferences such as NeurIPS and ICML, and also facilitated the
qualifications and success in my current position at Amazon as an applied
scientist working on large-scale recommendation and ranking systems. The level
of support for non-academic activities from our department is also amazing. Dr.
Bidanda's gentle agreement for sponsoring our IE soccer team when I reached out
enabled us to design and wear our unique T-shirts when playing
intramural indoor soccer games. This T-shirt is still one of my favorites
after 4 years. On top of that, I was fortunate to meet my wife who is also
studying in this program. Overall, I cannot overstate the importance of the
Pitt IE Ph.D. program. It has been invaluable to me and is one of the best
investments I have made. Finally, I am proud of my roots at Pitt and I
welcome you into this family to fulfill your dreams!
feel that the MSIE Program at Pitt was one of the best decisions I took to
pursue my interest in Industrial Engineering to give direction to my career.
This program provided me with the flexibility to explore the realms of IE and
the project-based classes helped me to understand my interests in Supply chain
and project management. My enthusiasm was well received by the professors and
my questions were always answered. With such support, I received multiple
opportunities in the field of Supply Chain Operations, and I landed a job at my
dream company Amazon as an Area Manager. During these unprecedented times, Pitt
has helped and supported students like me. Finally, I’m proud of my roots as a
panther and welcome you to the family!"
The MSIE Program at Pitt was a perfectly timed decision for
a change in the direction of my career. After working in the Oil and Gas
industry for 4 years, I got back to academia to hone my skills and explore
opportunities for a career switch. The flexibility of the Pitt IE program and
the project-based classes helped me in unearthing my interests in the exciting
work of data analytics and business intelligence. My enthusiasm was always
well-received by professors. With such support, I landed an internship at CNH
Industrial in Indianapolis, which was one of the best internships I have ever
done. I graduated with multiple job offers in the Food & Beverage, Retail
and Insurance industries. I currently work as a Business Intelligence Analyst
at a leading retail giant in Pittsburgh. Finally, I am proud of my roots at
Pitt and I welcome you into this family!
been a good source to learn basics and also advanced skills required for an IE.
Professors are helpful, approachable and supportive in many ways. The
industrial experience through internships and the co-op program. I had a great
time interacting with different professors in the department. Special thanks
Bidanda and Prof. Jayant Rajgopal for all the advice throughout my Master's
Pitt transformed me from a student to a professional. During my first semester, I challenged myself with advanced courses and learned a lot
with different scheduling strategies. Later, I was more focused on EHS (Safety)
& Quality. Supply Chain, Operations Research, Quality and Data Analysis...Pitt IE allowed me the opportunity to cover all of these topics and more. I also had the chance to complete an internship with Mylan Pharmaceuticals here in
Pittsburgh with the Global Manufacturing team, optimizing layouts and helping
them set up a new facility in Texas. Now I am working as an
Operational Excellence Engineer at their largest plant, located at Morgantown,
West Virginia. My role there is to lead kaizen events, six sigma events, 6S
(5S) audits, Gemba walk and yield improvement projects.
I would definitely recommend the MSIE program at
Pitt for its flexibility and depth. Pittsburgh has so many companies nearby and
Pitt is the only college in this area which offers this program, which makes it easier to find employment after graduation.
Deciding to get back into my field of study after a
few gap years was tough. I am glad I chose the Industrial Engineering Master’s
program at Pitt. The department staff and the faculty enabled a smooth transition for me and were a crucial part of my academic journey. My
area of concentration included analytics and data mining. Numerous projects
that I worked on as a part of academic study helped me prepare myself for my
career both analytically and practically.
It has been a great experience to live and study at Pitt.
I have gained a lot of cutting edge knowledge as well as practical skills during my time here. I've improved my problem solving skills significantly through the curriculum as well as my internship. More
importantly, I got to know so many kind people and made friends with people
from all over the world. As I came from another country, I
sincerely appreciated the diversity here because I never felt an outsider. Pitt changed my life's path and I am now ready to take
more challenges in the future.
Coming to the University of Pittsburgh was one of the
best decisions I've ever made. From the very first day it was an incredibly
friendly environment. The professors and staff were exceedingly helpful and
went out of their way to push us in the right direction and expand our horizons.
The exposure I received has helped me gain vital experience and placed me
firmly on the path to success. The Masters program taught me how to manage time
effectively. In addition to my studies, I played soccer, cricket and took part
in various activities across campus. Pitt is a place where you can learn a lot while having fun at the same time.
experience has been a rewarding one. As an international student, Pittsburgh is
a place where I found relatively easy adaptation because of its diverse
composition. Faculty members are really helpful and welcome
intellectual exchange with students. The Master's program is of high academic quality and I learned much during my time at Pitt. My
interest of learning has always been on understanding decision making &
risk management. I would like to specifically point out that Simulation courses
like Simulation Modeling & Applications and Digital System Simulation have
really provided me the platform to crack the interviews and compete with
students from other schools. I was able to impress people with my project work
from both the courses. I
believe it is important for students to complement their classroom learning with
in-depth project work, and this program allows students to do just that.
Pitt taught me how to fish, instead of giving me fish. In my first semester, when I was unsure about the courses I wanted to take, Dr. Rajgopal
told me this: The practical knowledge we would gain in our studies was important, but the most
important thing we would learn is how to find the answer ourselves. After I
started my career as a Manufacturing Engineer at Crane Co., I realized that this skill would help me for a lifetime.
The MSIE program at Pitt was a life-changing experience.
courses offered were helpful as well as challenging, whether you start
without an IE background. The faculty and fellow students were
brilliant. I especially enjoyed the
opportunities to meet with people who work in the Industrial Engineering
field via different courses and seminars. I became an Industrial
at the Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System Veteran’s
Resource Center while finishing the program after attending a seminar,
offered a full-time position there upon graduation. Currently, I work as
a Senior Business Process Engineer at
Allegheny Health Network. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have
and completed the MSIE program at Pitt.
Aside from the learning subject matter of the courses, more importantly,
what I took away was an analytical way of thinking, confidence in
and a key to open the door of my career through the connections I built