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Admitted Students

Welcome UC Berkeley IEOR incoming class for fall 2020

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Dear admitted students:

Congratulations on being accepted to the University of California, Berkeley Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research! Being admitted to Cal means that you are an exceptional person, and have clearly already put in much effort and persisted through many challenges. Hard work truly pays off, and you should feel proud to be a future Bear.

It’s truly an exciting time to join the IEOR department. We were established in 1966 on the UC Berkeley campus and have some of the most successful alumni in the world, some of which you will find on this page. Our alumni go on to exciting, fulfilling and diverse careers. Imagine working at a large theme park and optimizing the lines so that people can get to the rides more quickly, or starting your own company like alum Tony Xu, who founded DoorDash, or working in a large technology company analyzing pricing data, or helping a warehouse automate their entire shipping process using the latest algorithms and technology.

When you choose IEOR, no industry is unavailable to you. Our alums work in health, energy systems, technology, startups, consulting, finance, human resources, supply chain management and many others. In IEOR, we invent, analyze and teach tools and approaches for design, analysis, risk management, and decision-making that are applicable in almost any field.

The combination of in-depth technical courses with engineering leadership experiences is built to prepare you for your professional career. We believe our program, given its breadth and expertise, will be well-suited to your academic interests and professional goals.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the IEOR staff should you have any questions about the program. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Go Bears!

Max Shen
Professor & Chair
Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
University of California, Berkeley

What is IEOR?

Supply Chain & Logistics

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IEOR students are the premier experts in getting anything from one place to another in the most efficient and optimal manner.

Stochastics & Data Science

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IEOR students learn the latest statistics, artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to help companies make better  decisions.


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IEOR students can find the most elegant way to make any system more efficient, saving companies millions of dollars, time and other resources.

Infosession videos

MSPhD Visit Day Video

IEOR MEng Visit Day Video

UC Berkeley MEng general information session for admitted students

Learn more about the IEOR M.S. and Ph.D. programs in this webinar with IEOR Professor Alper Atamturk.

Learn more about the IEOR MEng program with Professor Max Shen, chair of the IEOR department.

Click here to see the general online information session for admitted students about the entire master of engineering program, hosted Beth Hoch-Leven, Director of Academic Affairs for the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership at UC Berkeley.

Meet some of the IEOR Faculty

Alper Atamturk

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"We are in an exciting era in optimization research where a series of mathematical discoveries and algorithmic innovations, coupled with the advances in computer technology, make it possible to offer solutions to problems in a variety of areas, ranging from fleet logistics to electronic financial exchanges, from power systems design to genetics with massive data sets."

Dorit Hochbaum

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"I like to take two approaches to finding the 'best method' for solving a problem. One tries to devise an efficient algorithm for the problem, and the other tries to establish limits on the efficiency of the algorithm."

Anil Aswani

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Associate Professor

"My research focuses on designing new statistical and optimization methods that utilize big data in order to generate empirical models of human-behavior within complex systems, which can then be used for better understanding, optimization, configuration, and design of these systems."

Candace Yano

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"My research involves the design, planning and control of manufacturing and distribution systems, and the interface between these decisions and those related to marketing, quality, and other areas. I am interested in modeling these problems, devising solution procedures using quantitative techniques, and deriving managerial insights from the analysis."

IEOR Alumni Profiles

Marie Pelagie Elimbi Moudio

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Meet Marie Pelagie Elimbi Moudio – a trailblazing Berkeley IEOR…

MoonSoo Choi

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We recently sat down with MoonSoo Choi to discuss his…

Anurag Aiyer

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In a recent interview with IEOR, Anurag Aiyer, a Class…

Andrew Laffoon

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The journey to entrepreneurial success can be a long and…

Courtney Z. Chow

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Berkeley IEOR graduate Courtney Z. Chow (BS IEOR’ 16) joins…

Vishrut Rana

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IEOR sat down with brand new UC Berkeley Alumnus, Vishrut…


Salar Fattahi

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering…


Pedro Hespanhol

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Quantitative Researcher at Aquatic Capital Management

Junyu Cao

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations…

Mark Velednitsky

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Staff Applied Scientist at Afresh

150 Years of Women Profiles

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Lillian Gilbreth

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Class of 1900

Psychology and Industrial Organization
Graduating in 1900, and being the first female to speak at Cal graduation, she studied time, motion and fatigue to create ergonomic machinery for use in the household, in retail spaces and by factory workers. Joining Purdue University as the first female engineering faculty member, Lillian continued to offer services as a consultant during crucial stages of American history.

Prof. Rhonda Righter

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Class of 1986

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
A professor, and department chair from 2008-2011, Rhonda Righter is a renowned academic.Rhonda serves as an assistant editor for the Journal of Scheduling, and the INFORMS Service Science Journal and has also been the founding chair of the Applied Probability Society at INFORMS. At Berkeley IEOR, not only has she carved an identity as a much-adored professor among students, but has also practiced her research interests in the general area of stochastic modeling and optimization, especially as applied to service, manufacturing, telecommunications, and grid computing systems.

Prof. Dashi Singham

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Class of 2010

Ph.D. Operations Research
An associate professor in operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School, Dashi focuses on developing the methodology for analyzing data from experimental or simulation results and her areas of interest include finding optimal stopping rules to determine sample sizes, time series modeling, and uncertainty quantification. While being at the Naval Postgraduate School, Dashi has worked on the areas of healthcare and military applications and plans to move into the energy industry.

Michelle Fisher

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Class of 1986

BS Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
CEO and Founder of Blaze Mobile, a 10-year-old Berkeley company developing mobile commerce, health care, banking, and advertising solutions. She has successfully raised millions of dollars in private financing for Blaze and has nearly fifty patents pending. Michelle has always had an innovative spirit — she sent a company her first product sketch when she was just 10 years old — and brought her entrepreneurial mindset to large companies before launching her own successful startup.

Meet Your Advisor


Heather Iwata

Meet your undergraduate advisor, Heather Iwata

Email her about any questions you have at

Current IEOR Students

Salar Fattahi, Ph.D. '20

Salar Fattahi is graduating from Berkeley in Spring 2020 with a Ph.D. in IEOR. Salar recently accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Michigan and in a conversation with the department, he shared his views on experiences at Cal and plans for the future. Find out more about Salar's PhD experience in this recent Q&A

Yao-Chieh Hu, M.Eng. '20

Yao-Chieh Hu, MEng ’20 (IEOR/FinTech), shares his journey to Berkeley Master of Engineering (MEng), from competing in the World Robotics Olympiad to working at J.P. Morgan to founding TuringCerts and TuringChain, two blockchain-based startups in Hong Kong and Taiwan. We had a chance to chat with Yao-Chieh about his journey to the Berkeley MEng program.
Read more about Yao-Chieh in this profile.