The Operations Research program at MIT ranks as one of the top international graduate programs in operations research. The ORC is proud of the exceptional scholastic achievements of its faculty and students. Students have received a variety of awards and recognition for academic accomplishments, including fellowships from the
as well as MIT teaching awards, fellowships and grants from governments of foreign nations.
Faculty and students have distinguished themselves as winners of research prizes and service awards from professional societies such as The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). In addition, ORC-affiliated faculty serve as editors of major professional journals and on the governing councils of several professional societies.
The OR Center was founded in 1953 by Philip M. Morse, a prominent physicist, and one of fathers of Operations Research in the United States. The year before, he helped create the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA). The OR Center continues, to this day, to be one of the premier Operations Research programs in the world.
A distinctive feature of the OR Center is its strongly cohesive and mutually supportive student group. This characteristic of the (approximately) 50 graduate students adds an important dimension to the quality of life and education at the ORC.