15.053 Optimization Methods in Business Analytics

Instructor: James B. Orlin

Some 15.053 projects from 2017

In 15.053, teams of three or four students carry out a team project, which is worth approximately 25% of the course grade.

The following are selected 15.053 projects from Spring 2017. They reflect the range of different projects carried out.

Optimizing hours for dining halls

This project determined what hours the five undergraduate dining halls should be open if MIT wanted to offer extended hours for dining services.



Optimizing gate assignments at Logan Airport

This project determined the minimum number of gates needed at Logan in order to meet scheduled demand for flights.

Image by Aero Icarus, used under CC BY-SA 2.0


Optimizing freshmen assignments at dorms at MIT

This project determined the assignment of freshmen to dorms that would maximize student satisfaction.

Image by Kai Schreiber, used under CC BY-SA 2.0


Optimal radiation therapy

This project determined the optimum radiation doses to kill patient's tumor while ensuring the health of non-cancerous cells.

Image by IndyDina with Mr. Wonderful, used under CC BY-SA 2.0


Optimal portfolio selection

This project determined an optimum selection of stocks to maximize return while minimizing risk.



Vaccine delivery in Mozambique

This project determined the optimal way of supplying vaccines to rural areas in one of the provinces of Mozambique.

Image from wiki, used under CC BY-SA 3.0