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The OR Center provides numerous opportunities for promoting and enhancing our graduate student's quality of life. This is just a sampling of the interesting and enjoyable activities that bring faculty and students together in both academic and non-academic settings throughout the year.

ORC Seminars

The OR Center organizes a seminar series each year in which prominent OR professionals from around the world are invited to present topics in operations research. We have been privileged to have speakers from business and industry as well as from academia throughout the years. For a list of past distinguished speakers and their seminar topics, please visit our Seminar Archives.

Other Seminars at MIT Related to Operations Research

CCE Seminars

CSAIL Seminars and Events

LIDS Seminars

MIT Stochastics and Applications Seminars

Sloan School of Management, Operations Management Group Seminars

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Independent Activities Period (IAP)

The OR Center participates in MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP) by offering a series of informational seminars focusing on the OR Center and on current research and the practice of OR. IAP is a month-long period between the fall and spring terms (usually the month of January) during which all members of the MIT community participate in developing individual interests for the benefit of the community and themselves.


The OR Center sponsors a number of events and conferences that draw the OR community together both intellectually and socially.

In addition to scholarly activities, the OR Center students and faculty engage in a variety of social and recreational events. During the year, the MIT student chapter of INFORMS plays a major role in providing social as well as intellectual stimulation. Some of the social activities sponsored by the INFORMS group include a ski trip, foliage retreats, intramural sports (such as soccer) as well as pizza parties, ice cream socials, and Halloween carving events throughout the year. In addition, the INFORMS student chapter holds informal luncheons with the OR Center faculty.

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