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Management Science and Engineering

Emeriti: (Professors) James L. Adams, Kenneth J. Arrow, Richard W. Cottle, Donald A. Dunn, B. Curtis Eaves, Frederick S. Hillier, Donald L. Iglehart, James V. Jucker, Michael M. May, Robert V. Oakford, Henry E. Riggs, David A. Thompson

Chair: M. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell

Professors: Nicholas Bambos, Stephen R. Barley, Margaret L. Brandeau, Robert C. Carlson, Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, Peter W. Glynn, Warren H. Hausman, Ronald A. Howard, David G. Luenberger, M. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, William J. Perry, Robert I. Sutton, James L. Sweeney, Arthur F. Veinott, Jr., Yinyu Ye

Associate Professors: Samuel S. Chiu, Ashish Goel, Pamela J. Hinds, Ross D. Shachter, Edison T. S. Tse, Benjamin Van Roy

Assistant Professors: Diane E. Bailey, Feryal Erhun, Kay Giesecke, Ramesh Johari, Riitta Katila, James A. Primbs, Amin Saberi, Thomas A. Weber

Professors (Research): Siegfried S. Hecker, Walter Murray, Michael A. Saunders, John P. Weyant

Professors (Teaching): Thomas H. Byers, Robert E. McGinn

Courtesy Professors: Anat Admati, Walter Powell

Lecturers: Steve Blank, Hill Huntington, Ferdo Ivanek, Phil Lin, Mary Morrison, Donna Novitsky, Darius Rafinejad, Lena Ramfelt, Tina Seelig, Rosanne Siino, Lynda Kate Smith

Consulting Professors: Gerd Infanger, Thomas Kosnik, James E. Matheson, D. Warner North, Burke Robinson, Sam L. Savage, Behnam Tabrizi

Consulting Associate Professors: Peter Haas, Samuel Holtzman, Michael Lyons, Audrey MacLean, Adam Seiver, F. Victor Stanton

Consulting Assistant Professors: Blake E. Johnson, Hervé Kieffel, Jan Pietzsch

Visiting Professor: Olivier de La Grandville

Visiting Associate Professors: Charles Feinstein, Yee-Tien Fu

Visiting Assistant Professor: Peter Woehrmann

Director of the Industrial Affiliates Program: Yinyu Ye

Department Offices: Terman Engineering Center, 380 Panama Mall

Mail Code: 94305-4026

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Management Science and Engineering have the subject code MS&E, and are listed in the "Management Science and Engineering [MS&E] Courses" section of this bulletin.

In December 1999, the Board of Trustees authorized the creation of the Department of Management Science and Engineering from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research. Its main objective is to be the leader at the interface of engineering, business, and public policy. The department's mission is, through education and research, to advance the design, management, operation, and interaction of technological, economic, and social systems. The department's engineering research strength is integrated with its educational program at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels: graduates of the program are trained as engineers and future leaders in technology, policy, and industry. Research and teaching activities are complemented by an outreach program that encourages the transfer of ideas to the environment of Silicon Valley and beyond.

Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) provides programs of education and research by integrating three basic strengths: (1) depth in conceptual and analytical foundations; (2) comprehensive coverage of functional areas of application; and (3) interaction with other Stanford departments, Silicon Valley industry, and organizations throughout the world. The analytical and conceptual foundations include decision and risk analysis, dynamic systems, economics, optimization, organizational science, and stochastic systems. The functional areas of application include entrepreneurship, finance, information, marketing, organizational behavior, policy, production, and strategy. Close associations with other engineering departments and with industry enrich the programs by providing opportunities to apply MS&E methods to important problems and by motivating new theoretical developments from practical experience. MS&E's programs also provide a basis for contributing to other areas such as biotechnology, defense policy, environmental policy, information systems, and telecommunications.


MS&E helps students prepare for professional careers in business, government, industry, non-profit institutions, and universities. Graduates have pursued careers in consulting, enterprise management, financial analysis, government policy analysis, industrial research, line management, product development, project management, strategic planning, and university teaching and research. Some have founded companies specializing in financial services, high technology products, management and systems consulting, or software. Other graduates have helped establish new analytical capabilities in existing firms or government agencies.

Many graduates have become leaders in technology-based businesses, which have an increasing need for well-educated, analytically oriented people who understand both business and technology. The Department of MS&E is attractive to people with engineering, mathematical science, and physical science backgrounds as it complements their technical abilities with the conceptual frameworks needed to analyze problems of investment, management, marketing, operations, production, and strategic planning in a technical environment.

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