Industrial engineering, operations research, and systems engineering are fields of study intended for individuals who are interested in analyzing and formulating abstract models of complex systems with the intention of improving system performance. Unlike traditional disciplines in engineering and the mathematical sciences, the fields address the role of the human decision-maker as key contributor to the inherent complexity of systems and primary benefactor of the analyses.
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At ISyE, we are a national leader in 10 core fields of specialization: Advanced Manufacturing, Analytics and Machine Learning, Applied Probability and Simulation, Data Science and Statistics, Economic Decision Analysis, Energy and Sustainable Systems, Health and Humanitarian Systems, Optimization, Supply Chain Engineering, and Systems Informatics and Control.
ISyE's faculty and staff members strive to provide a world-class educational experience for the Stewart School's undergraduate and graduate students, and to forge long-lasting relationships with ISyE alumni and industry partners. If you have benefited from a connection with an ISyE faculty or staff member, feel free to take a moment to send a thank-you note to that person via this web form.
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All Ph.D. students studying in ISyE receive either assistantship funding from Georgia Tech or are supported by external fellowships. External fellowships for U.S. students are available from various federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, etc.
Students receiving assistantship funding from Georgia Tech are employed in one of two roles: as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). GTA funds are provided by the ISyE Academic Programs Office, and GRA funds are provided by individual faculty research advisors. Admissions letters provide the terms of assistantship funding, and usually commit funding to students for a time period sufficient to earn the Ph.D. degree (four years).
The standard assistantship is a 40%-time appointment that includes a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver, and requires 16 hours per week of work. ISyE sets a base monthly stipend for appointments: $2570 (at 40% appointment) until Summer 2021. Starting Fall 2022, the stipend will be $2700 per month (at 40% employment).
Research assistantships or combined research and teaching assistantships can also be offered to students at higher effort levels (up to 50%-time, or 20 hours per week) which carry a larger stipend.
Georgia Tech and ISyE Fellowships
Georgia Tech and ISyE also offer additional fellowships to the most qualified applicants into our programs. These "topper" fellowships provide additional support above the assistantship stipend. Georgia Tech offers the President's Fellowship ($5,500 per year) and the Institute Fellowship ($7,500 per year) to exceptional applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. ISyE offers a number of additional topper fellowships funded from endowments provided by its generous alumni and corporate partners.
Selected first year PhD students may receive one of the following fellowships with their admission offer: Beerman fellowship, Robert G. Brown fellowship, Kerry Clayton fellowship, Colonel John B. Day fellowship, Wally George fellowship, W.S. Green fellowship, Ed Iacobucci fellowship, Thomas H. Johnson fellowship, Kiplinger fellowship, John C. McLean fellowship, Jr, John H. Morris fellowship, Stewart fellowship, Jerry and Harriett Thuesen fellowship, Ernst & Young fellowship. Students working in Health systems and analytics may apply and receive George Family fellowship. Please note that not all admitted students will receive topper fellowship support.
Additional information about Graduate Assistantships, fellowships, loans, and off-campus employment options is available on the Office of Graduate Studies site. For more information on demographics, admissions, and time-to-degree for doctoral students in our program, go to Doctoral Student Statistics and enter the search criteria for Industrial Engineering.
Ph.D. Career Paths
PhD students from ISyE have obtained academic positions (post-docs, assistant professor, etc.) at the following universities (this list is not comprehensive): Auburn University, Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University, Clemson University, Cornell University, Duke University, Florida State University, Georgetown University, Georgia Tech, Harvard University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Lehigh University, Loyola University Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mississippi State University, NC State University, New York University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Rice University, Rutgers University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, University of California-Berkeley, United States Military Academy, University of Arkansas, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Tech.
PhD students from ISyE have obtained industry positions at the following companies (this list is not comprehensive): Amazon, BNSF, Capital One, Delta Airlines, eBay, ExxonMobil, Frito-Lay, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Google, Gurobi, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Manhattan Associates, McKinsey, Microsoft, Norfolk Southern, Oracle, Samsung, Siemens, Turner Broadcasting, Uber, United Airlines, UPS, Wal-Mart.
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