Arthur Chen

Major: Undergraduate ORMS

IEOR: What are your post-graduation plans (Grad school, industry, travel, etc.)?

Arthur Chen: I plan to return home to San Diego before finding work as a research assistant in economics, before applying for an economics Ph.D.

IEOR: What is your favorite IEOR class and why?

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IEOR: What is your favorite Cal memory?

Arthur Chen: My favorite IEOR course was IEOR 131, Discrete Event Simulation. It forced me to deal with real problems of applied modeling. I also expect that it will prove useful throughout my career.

IEOR: What is your advice to younger IEOR students?

Arthur Chen: The ORMS degree is surprisingly powerful. The basic math requirements will fulfill the math prerequisites for almost every non-mathematics department undergraduate class. The combination of math, statistics, programming, and business sense transfers very easily to technical, yet enjoyable jobs, as well as graduate school. Try to find your limits. I’ve made many mistakes over my college career – under-exerting myself in the beginning and overexerting myself at the end.

IEOR: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Arthur Chen: I never felt like an ORMS student, since I only took two IEOR courses. I always thought of myself as belonging to the economics department.