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PhD Thesis Guide

This phd thesis guide will guide you step-by-step through the thesis process, from your initial letter of intent to submission of the final document..

All associated forms are conveniently consolidated in the section at the end.

Deadlines & Requirements

Students should register for HST.ThG during any term in which they are conducting research towards their thesis. Regardless of year in program students registered for HST.ThG in a regular term (fall or spring) must meet with their research advisor and complete the  Semi-Annual PhD Student Progress Review Form to receive credit.

Years 1 - 2

  • Students participating in lab rotations during year 1, may use the optional MEMP Rotation Registration Form , to formalize the arrangement and can earn academic credit by enrolling in HST.599. 
  • A first letter of intent ( LOI-1 ) proposing a general area of thesis research and research advisor is required by April 30th of the second year of registration.
  • A second letter of intent ( LOI-2 ) proposing a thesis committee membership and providing a more detailed description of the thesis research is required by April 30th of the third year of registration for approval by the HST-IMES Committee on Academic Programs (HICAP).
  • Beginning in year 4, (or after the LOI-2 is approved) the student must meet with their thesis committee at least once per semester.
  • Students must formally defend their proposal before the approved thesis committee, and submit their committee approved proposal to HICAP  by April 30 of the forth year of registration.
  • Meetings with the thesis committee must be held at least once per semester. 

HST has developed these policies to help keep students on track as they progress through their PhD program. Experience shows that students make more rapid progress towards graduation when they interact regularly with a faculty committee and complete their thesis proposal by the deadline.

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The Thesis Committee: Roles and Responsibilities

Students perform doctoral thesis work under the guidance of a thesis committee consisting of at least three faculty members from Harvard and MIT (including a chair and a research advisor) who will help guide the research. Students are encouraged to form their thesis committee early in the course of the research and in any case by the end of the third year of registration. The HST IMES Committee on Academic Programs (HICAP) approves the composition of the thesis committee via the letter of intent and the thesis proposal (described below). 

Research Advisor

The research advisor is responsible for overseeing the student's thesis project. The research advisor is expected to:

  • oversee the research and mentor the student;
  • provide a supportive research environment, facilities, and financial support;
  • discuss expectations, progress, and milestones with the student and complete the  Semi-Annual PhD Student Progress Review Form each semester;
  • assist the student to prepare for the oral qualifying exam;
  • guide the student in selecting the other members of the thesis committee;
  • help the student prepare for, and attend, meetings of the full thesis committee, to be held at least once per semester;
  • help the student prepare for, and attend, the thesis defense;
  • evaluate the final thesis document.

The research advisor is chosen by the student and must be a faculty member of MIT* or Harvard University and needs no further approval.  HICAP may approve other individuals as research advisor on a student-by-student basis. Students are advised to request approval of non-faculty research advisors as soon as possible.  In order to avoid conflicts of interest, the research advisor may not also be the student's academic advisor. In the event that an academic advisor becomes the research advisor, a new academic advisor will be assigned.

The student and their research advisor must complete the Semi-Annual PhD Student Progress Review during each regular term in order to receive academic credit for research.  Download Semi Annual Review Form

*MIT Senior Research Staff are considered equivalent to faculty members for the purposes of research advising. No additional approval is required.

Thesis Committee Chair

Each HST PhD thesis committee is headed administratively by a chair, chosen by the student in consultation with the research advisor. The thesis committee chair is expected to:

  • provide advice and guidance concerning the thesis research; 
  • oversee meetings of the full thesis committee, to be held at least once per semester;
  • preside at the thesis defense; 
  • review and evaluate the final thesis document.

The thesis committee chair must be well acquainted with the academic policies and procedures of the institution granting the student's degree and be familiar with the student's area of research. The research advisor may not simultaneously serve as thesis committee chair.

For HST PhD students earning degrees through MIT, the thesis committee chair must be an MIT faculty member. A select group of HST program faculty without primary appointments at MIT have been pre-approved by HICAP to chair PhD theses awarded by HST at MIT in cases where the MIT research advisor is an MIT faculty member.**

HST PhD students earning their degree through Harvard follow thesis committee requirements set by the unit granting their degree - either the Biophysics Program or the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

** List of non-MIT HST faculty approved to chair MIT thesis proposals when the research advisor is an MIT faculty member.

In addition to the research advisor and the thesis committee chair, the thesis committee must include one or more readers. Readers are expected to:

  • attend meetings of the full thesis committee, to be held at least once per semester;
  • attend the thesis defense; 

Faculty members with relevant expertise from outside of Harvard/MIT may serve as readers, but they may only be counted toward the required three if approved by HICAP.

The members of the thesis committee should have complementary expertise that collectively covers the areas needed to advise a student's thesis research. The committee should also be diverse, so that members are able to offer different perspectives on the student's research. When forming a thesis committee, it is helpful to consider the following questions: 

  • Do the individuals on the committee collectively have the appropriate expertise for the project?
  • Does the committee include at least one individual who can offer different perspectives on the student's research?  The committee should include at least one person who is not closely affiliated with the student's primary lab. Frequent collaborators are acceptable in this capacity if their work exhibits intellectual independence from the research advisor.
  • If the research has a near-term clinical application, does the committee include someone who can add a translational or clinical perspective?  
  • Does the committee conform to HST policies in terms of number, academic appointments, and affiliations of the committee members, research advisor, and thesis committee chair as described elsewhere on this page?

[Friendly advice: Although there is no maximum committee size, three or four is considered optimal. Committees of five members are possible, but more than five is unwieldy.]

Thesis Committee Meetings

Students must meet with their thesis committee at least once each semester beginning in the fourth year of registration. It is the student's responsibility to schedule these meetings; students who encounter difficulties in arranging regular committee meetings can contact Julie Greenberg at jgreenbe [at] mit.edu (jgreenbe[at]mit[dot]edu) .

The format of the thesis committee meeting is at the discretion of the thesis committee chair. In some cases, the following sequence may be helpful:

  • The thesis committee chair, research advisor, and readers meet briefly without the student in the room;
  • The thesis committee chair and readers meet briefly with the student, without the advisor in the room;
  • The student presents their research progress, answers questions, and seeks guidance from the members of the thesis committee;

Please note that thesis committee meetings provide an important opportunity for students to present their research and respond to questions. Therefore, it is in the student's best interest for the research advisor to refrain from defending the research in this setting.

Letters of Intent

Students must submit two letters of intent ( LOI-1 and LOI-2 ) with applicable signatures. 

In LOI-1, students identify a research advisor and a general area of thesis research, described in 100 words or less. It should include the area of expertise of the research advisor and indicate whether IRB approval (Institutional Review Board; for research involving human subjects) and/or IACUC approval (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee; for research involving vertebrate animals) will be required and, if so, from which institutions. LOI-1 is due by April 30 of the second year of registration and and should be submitted to HICAP, c/o Traci Anderson in E25-518. 

In LOI-2, students provide a description of the thesis research, describing the Background and Significance of the research and making a preliminary statement of Specific Aims (up to 400 words total). In LOI-2, a student also proposes the membership of their thesis committee. In addition to the research advisor, the proposed thesis committee must include a chair and one or more readers, all selected to meet the specified criteria . LOI-2 is due by April 30th of the third year of registration and should be submitted to HICAP, c/o Traci Anderson in E25-518.

LOI-2 is reviewed by the HST-IMES Committee on Academic Programs (HICAP) to determine if the proposed committee meets the specified criteria and if the committee members collectively have the complementary expertise needed to advise the student in executing the proposed research. If HICAP requests any changes to the proposed committee, the student must submit a revised LOI-2 for HICAP review by September 30th of the fourth year of registration. HICAP must approve LOI-2 before the student can proceed to presenting and submitting their thesis proposal. Any changes to the thesis committee membership following HICAP approval of LOI-2 and prior to defense of the thesis proposal must be reported by submitting a revised LOI-2 form to HICAP, c/o tanderso [at] mit.edu (Traci Anderson) . After final HICAP approval of LOI-2, which confirms the thesis committee membership, the student may proceed to present their thesis proposal to the approved thesis committee, as described in the next section.

Students are strongly encouraged to identify tentative thesis committee members and begin meeting with them as early as possible to inform the direction of their research. Following submission of LOI-2, students are required to hold at least one thesis committee meeting per semester. Students must document these meetings via the Semi- Annual PhD Student Progress Review form in order to receive a grade reflecting satisfactory progress in HST.ThG.

Thesis Proposal and Proposal Presentation

For MEMP students receiving their degrees through MIT, successful completion of the Oral Qualifying Exam is a prerequisite for the thesis proposal presentation. For MEMP students receiving their degrees through Harvard, the oral qualifying exam satisfies the proposal presentation requirement.

Proposal Document

Each student must present a thesis proposal to a thesis committee that has been approved by HICAP via the LOI-2 and then submit a full proposal package to HICAP by April 30th of the fourth year of registration. The only exception is for students who substantially change their research focus after the fall term of their third year; in those cases the thesis proposal must be submitted within three semesters of joining a new lab. Students registering for thesis research (HST.THG) who have not met this deadline may be administratively assigned a grade of "U" (unsatisfactory) and receive an academic warning.

The written proposal should be no longer than 4500 words, excluding references. This is intended to help students develop their proposal-writing skills by gaining experience composing a practical proposal; the length is comparable to that required for proposals to the NIH R03 Small Research Grant Program. The proposal should clearly define the research problem, describe the proposed research plan, and defend the significance of the work. Preliminary results are not required. If the proposal consists of multiple aims, with the accomplishment of later aims based on the success of earlier ones, then the proposal should describe a contingency plan in case the early results are not as expected.

Proposal Presentation

The student must formally defend the thesis proposal before the full thesis committee that has been approved by HICAP.

Students should schedule the meeting and reserve a conference room and any audio visual equipment they may require for their presentation. To book a conference room in E25, please contact Joseph Stein ( jrstein [at] mit.edu (jrstein[at]mit[dot]edu) ).

Following the proposal presentation, students should make any requested modifications to the proposal for the committee members to review. Once the committee approves the proposal, the student should obtain the signatures of the committee members on the forms described below as part of the proposal submission package.

[Friendly advice: As a professional courtesy, be sure your committee members have a complete version of your thesis proposal at least one week in advance of the proposal presentation.]

Submission of Proposal Package

When the thesis committee has approved the proposal, the student submits the proposal package to HICAP, c/o Traci Anderson in E25-518, for final approval. HICAP may reject a thesis proposal if it has been defended before a committee that was not previously approved via the LOI-2.

The proposal package includes the following: 

  • the proposal document
  • a brief description of the project background and significance that explains why the work is important;
  • the specific aims of the proposal, including a contingency plan if needed; and
  • an indication of the methods to be used to accomplish the specific aims.
  • signed research advisor agreement form(s);
  • signed chair agreement form (which confirms a successful proposal defense);
  • signed reader agreement form(s).

Thesis Proposal Forms

  • SAMPLE Title Page (doc)
  • Research Advisor Agreement Form (pdf)
  • Chair Agreement Form (pdf)
  • Reader Agreement Form (pdf)

Thesis Defense and Final Thesis Document

When the thesis is substantially complete and fully acceptable to the thesis committee, a public thesis defense is scheduled for the student to present his/her work to the thesis committee and other members of the community. The thesis defense is the last formal examination required for receipt of a doctoral degree. To be considered "public", a defense must be announced to the community at least five working days in advance. At the defense, the thesis committee determines if the research presented is sufficient for granting a doctoral degree. Following a satisfactory thesis defense, the student submits the final thesis document, approved by the research advisor, to Traci Anderson via email (see instructions below).

[Friendly advice: Contact jrstein [at] mit.edu (Joseph Stein) at least two weeks before your scheduled date to arrange for advertising via email and posters. A defense can be canceled for insufficient public notice.]

Before the Thesis Defense 

Committee Approves Student to Defend: The thesis committee, working with the student and reviewing thesis drafts, concludes that the doctoral work is complete. The student should discuss the structure of the defense (general guidelines below) with the thesis committee chair and the research advisor. 

Schedule the Defense: The student schedules a defense at a time when all members of the thesis committee will be physical present. Any exceptions must be approved in advance by the IMES/HST Academic Office.

Reserve Room: It is the student's responsibility to reserve a room and any necessary equipment. Please contact imes-reservation [at] mit.edu (subject: E25%20Room%20Reservation) (IMES Reservation) to  reserve rooms E25-140, E25-141, E25-119/121, E25-521. 

Final Draft: A complete draft of the thesis document is due to the thesis committee two weeks prior to the thesis defense to allow time for review.  The thesis should be written as a single cohesive document; it may include content from published papers (see libraries website on " Use of Previously Published Material in a Thesis ") but it may not be a simple compilation of previously published materials.

Publicize the Defense:   The IMES/HST Academic Office invites the community to attend the defense via email and a notice on the HST website. This requires that the student email a thesis abstract and supplemental information to  jrstein [at] mit.edu (Joseph Stein)  two weeks prior to the thesis defense. The following information should be included: Date and time, Location, (Zoom invitation with password, if offering a hybrid option), Thesis Title, Names of committee members, with academic and professional titles and institutional affiliations. The abstract is limited to 250 words for the poster, but students may optionally submit a second, longer abstract for the email announcement.

Thesis Defense Guidelines

Public Defense: The student should prepare a presentation of 45-60 minutes in length, to be followed by a public question and answer period of 15–30 minutes at discretion of the chair.

Committee Discussion:  Immediately following the public thesis presentation, the student meets privately with the thesis committee and any other faculty members present to explore additional questions at the discretion of the faculty. Then the thesis committee meets in executive session and determines whether the thesis defense was satisfactory. The committee may suggest additions or editorial changes to the thesis document at this point.

Chair Confirms Pass: After the defense, the thesis committee chair should inform Traci Anderson of the outcome via email to tanderso [at] mit.edu (tanderso[at]mit[dot]edu) .

Submitting the Final Thesis Document

Please refer to the MIT libraries  thesis formatting guidelines .

Title page notes. Sample title page  from the MIT Libraries.

Program line : should read, "Submitted to the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, in partial fulfillment of the the requirements for the degree of ... "

Copyright : Starting with the June 2023 degree period and as reflected in the  MIT Thesis Specifications , all students retain the copyright of their thesis.  Please review this section for how to list on your title page Signature Page: On the "signed" version, only the student and research advisor should sign. Thesis committee members are not required to sign. On the " Accepted by " line, please list: Collin M. Stultz, MD, PhD/Director, Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology/ Nina T. and Robert H. Rubin Professor in Medical Engineering and Science/Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The Academic Office will obtain Professor Stultz's signature.

Thesis Submission Components.  As of 4/2021, the MIT libraries have changed their thesis submissions guidelines and are no longer accepting hard copy theses submissions. For most recent guidance from the libraries:  https://libguides.mit.edu/mit-thesis-faq/instructions  

Submit to the Academic Office, via email ( tanderso [at] mit.edu (tanderso[at]mit[dot]edu) )

pdf/A-1 of the final thesis should include an UNSIGNED title page

A separate file with a SIGNED title page by the student and advisor, the Academic Office will get Dr. Collin Stultz's signature.

For the MIT Library thesis processing, fill out the "Thesis Information" here:  https://thesis-submit.mit.edu/

File Naming Information:  https://libguides.mit.edu/

Survey of Earned Doctorates.  The University Provost’s Office will contact all doctoral candidates via email with instructions for completing this survey.

Links to All Forms in This Guide

  • MEMP Rotation Form (optional)
  • Semi-Annual Progress Review Form
  • Letter of Intent One
  • Letter of Intent Two

Final Thesis

  • HST Sample thesis title page  (signed and unsigned)
  • Sample thesis title page  (MIT Libraries)

Search form

Doctor of philosophy (phd), general information.

The term in which you plan to defend, submit your dissertation, and graduate, you must be registered for Thesis (4.THG - 36 units). Your dissertation defense takes place in the presence of your full Dissertation Committee consisting of at least three members including your dissertation supervisor.

Upon satisfactory defense and submission of the dissertation, the supervisor will assign a grade. ("SA" is the final satisfactory grade for PhD.) The grade will not be submitted to the Registrar until the final approved dissertation document is submitted to the department portal by the thesis deadline provided on the departmental thesis deadlines calendar. For help with formatting of your full document, see the Formatting, Specifications & Thesis Submission page for more information.

You are responsible for working directly with your dissertation committee and area administrators to schedule your defense. The defense must not be scheduled for any later than two weeks prior to the thesis submission deadline. Each area may handle the logistics differently, so it is important to touch base with your group early in the defense planning process. For example, many faculty are not available during winter holidays or summer session, and may wish to schedule the defense early in December for a February degree.

Registration Deadline:

  • Register for 36 units of   4.THG
  • Degree list: Put yourself on the upcoming degree list by applying for a degree .
  • Be mindful of the Institute deadline to change your thesis title in WebSIS
  • Register your final thesis title: You must return to the online site of your application and add or make a change to your thesis title by this deadline. The title on your final thesis must be an exact match of the one you submit on your Application for Degree. If you add your title after this date, you will be charged a late fee.

One Week Prior to Institute Thesis Deadline:

  • Be sure to provide your exact spelling of your name (either legal name or preferred name — whichever you have provided to your degree administrator) when submitting your thesis book to the portal. Using a different name will result in a submission error.
  • Max file size: 10MB or less. If file is too large, a submission error will result.

Institute Thesis Deadline:

  • All final edits and adjustments to the final dissertation book must be submitted to the department on or before this deadline. Final grade submission by your advisor also must be submitted on or before this deadline. 

One Week After Institute Thesis Deadline:

  • Last day to come off the degree list (contact Tessa Haynes )
  • Degree conferral date (see Academic Calendar or Department Thesis Deadlines)

Specific Deadlines & Procedure

February 2022 theses deadlines, friday, september 10, 2021.

  • Registration Deadline: Fall term registration (4.THG) (Pre-registration for fall deadline is June 17, 2021.
  • Degree list: Put yourself on the February degree list by applying for a degree .

Friday, December 10, 2021

  • Register your final thesis title: You must return to the online site of your application and add or make a change to your thesis title by this deadline. The title on your final dissertation must be an exact match of the one you submit on your Application for Degree. If you add your title after this date, you will be charged a late fee; but you may still update your thesis title until the actual submission date.

Monday, December 31, 2021

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May 2024 Theses Deadlines

Friday, february 9, 2024.

  • Registration Deadline: Fall term registration (4.THG) (Pre-registration for spring deadline is January 19, 2024.
  • Degree list: Put yourself on the May degree list by applying for a degree .

Friday, April 12, 2024

Monday, april 29, 2024.

  • Your final dissertation book is due by 9am on Monday, April 29 to the Department Thesis Submission Tool ( choose "Single Sign On" and log in with your MIT email address ) for formatting review. This is for the purpose of making certain the document is in compliance with MIT archive requirements. You will be contacted quickly if adjustments are needed. Your signed signature page must also be submitted at this time.

Friday, May 3, 2024

  • Final, corrected, approved, electronic version uploaded to the Department Thesis Submission Tool ( choose "Single Sign On" and log in with your MIT email address )

Formatting, Specifications & Thesis Submission

Important : Consult the Formatting, Specifications and Thesis Submission information page for advice and templates on how to format your book. Please pay particular attention to the templates for the frontmatter (Title Page, Committee Page, Abstract, and Table of Contents.) Following the templates now means fewer edits to make later!

PhD Thesis Contacts

  • Program Director: Leslie K. Norford
  • Director of Computation PhD: George Stiny
  • Director of Building Technology PhD: Christoph Reinhart
  • Director of HTC PhD: Timothy Hyde
  • PhD degree administrator and thesis submission: Tessa Haynes

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MIT Specifications for Thesis Preparation

Approved November 2022 for use in the 2022-2023 academic year. Updated March 2023 to incorporate changes to MIT Policies and Procedures 13.1.3 Intellectual Property Not Owned by MIT .

View this page as an accessible PDF .

Table of Contents

  • Thesis Preparation Checklist

Timeline for submission and publication

  • Bachelor’s degree thesis
  • Graduate degree thesis

Dual degree theses

Joint theses, what happens to your thesis, title selection, embedded links.

  • Special circumstances

Signature page

Abstract page.

  • Acknowledgments

Biographical notes

Table of contents, list of figures.

  • List of tables
  • List of supplemental material

Notes and bibliographic references

Open licensing, labeling copyright in your thesis, use of previously published material in your thesis, digital supplementary material, physical supplementary material, starting with accessible source files, file naming.

  • How to submit thesis information to the MIT Libraries

Placing a temporary hold on your thesis

Changes to a thesis after submission, permission to reuse or republish from mit theses, general information.

This guide has been prepared by the MIT Libraries, as prescribed by the Committee on Graduate Programs and the Committee on Undergraduate Program, to assist students and faculty in the preparation of theses. The Institute is committed to the preservation of each student’s thesis because it is both a requirement for the MIT degree and a record of original research that contains information of lasting value.

In this guide, “department” refers to a graduate or undergraduate program within an academic unit, and “thesis” refers to the digital copy of the written thesis. The official thesis version of record, which is submitted to the MIT Libraries, is the digital copy of the written thesis that has been approved by the thesis committee and certified by the department in fulfillment of a student’s graduation requirement.

The requirements in this guide apply to all theses and have been specified both to facilitate the care and dissemination of the thesis and to assure the preservation of the final approved document. Individual departments may dictate more stringent requirements.

Before beginning your thesis research, remember that the final output of this research—your thesis document—should only include research findings that may be shared publicly, in adherence with MIT’s policy on Open Research and Free Interchange of Information . If you anticipate that your thesis will contain content that requires review by an external sponsor or agency, it is critical that you allow sufficient time for this review to take place prior to thesis submission. 

Questions not answered in this guide should be referred to the appropriate department officer or to the MIT Libraries ( [email protected] ).

  • Final edited and complete thesis PDF is due to your department on the date specified in the Academic Calendar.
  • Hold requests should be submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate and Graduate Education or TLO concurrent with your thesis submission.
  • Thesis information is due to the MIT Libraries before your date of graduation.
  • Departments must transfer theses to the MIT Libraries within 30 days from the last day of class (end of term).
  • One week later (30 days from the last day of classes + 7 days) or one week after the degree award date (whichever is later) the MIT Libraries may begin publishing theses in DSpace@MIT.
  • If you have requested and received a temporary (up to 90-day) hold on the publication of your thesis from the Vice Chancellor, your thesis will be placed on hold as soon as it is received by the Libraries, and the 90-day hold will begin 30 days from the last day of class (end of term).
  • If your thesis research is included in a disclosure to the TLO, the TLO may place your thesis on temporary hold with the Libraries, as appropriate.

Submitting your thesis document to your department

Your thesis document will be submitted to your department as a PDF, formatted and including the appropriate rights statement and sections as outlined in these specifications. Your department will provide more specific guidance on submitting your files for certification and acceptance.

Your department will provide information on submitting:

  • A PDF/A-1  of your final thesis document (with no signatures)
  • Signature page (if required by your department; your department will provide specific guidance)
  • Original source files used to create the PDF of your thesis (optional, but encouraged)
  • Supplementary materials  (optional and must be approved by your advisor and program)

Degree candidates must submit their thesis to the appropriate office of the department in which they are registered on the dates specified in the Academic Calendar. ( Academic Calendar | MIT Registrar ). September, February, and May/June are the only months in which degrees are awarded.

Bachelor’s degree theses

Graduate degree theses, submitting your thesis information to the libraries.

Information about your thesis must be submitted to the Libraries thesis submission and processing system  prior to your day of graduation. The information you provide must match the title page and abstract of your thesis . See How to submit thesis information to the MIT Libraries section for more details .

The academic department is required to submit the thesis to the MIT Libraries within one month after the last day of the term in which the thesis was submitted ( Faculty Regulation 2.72 ). The thesis document becomes part of the permanent archival collection. All thesis documents that have been approved will be transferred electronically to the MIT Libraries by a department representative via the MIT Libraries thesis submission and processing system .

The full-text PDF of each thesis is made publicly available in DSpace@MIT . A bibliographic record will appear in the MIT Libraries’ catalog, as well as the OCLC database WorldCat, which is accessible to libraries and individuals worldwide. Authors may also opt-in to having their thesis made available in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database.

Formatting specifications

Your work will be a more valuable research tool for other scholars if it can be located easily. Search engines use the words in the title, and sometimes other descriptive words, to locate works. Therefore,

  • Be sure to select a title that is a meaningful description of the content of your manuscript; and
  • Do: “The Effects of Ion Implantation and Annealing on the Properties of Titanium Silicide Films on Silicon Substrates”
  • Do: “Radiative Decays on the J/Psi to Two Pseudoscalar Final States”

You may include clickable links to online resources within the thesis file. Make the link self-descriptive so that it can stand on its own and is natural language that fits within the surrounding writing of your paragraph. The full URL should be included as a footnote or bibliography citation (dependent on citation style).

  • Sentence in thesis: Further information is available on the MIT Writing and Communications Center’s website . The full-text PDF of each thesis is made publicly available in DSpace@MIT .
  • Footnote or Bibliography: follow the rules of your chosen citation style and include the full website URL, in this case http://libraries.mit.edu/mit-theses

Sections of your thesis

Required (all information should be on a single page)

The title page should contain the title, name of the author (this can be the author’s preferred name), previous degrees, the degree(s) to be awarded at MIT, the date the degree(s) will be conferred (May/June, September, or February only), copyright notice (and legend, if required), and appropriate names of thesis supervisor(s) and student’s home department or program officer.

The title page should have the following fields in the following order and centered (including spacing) :

Thesis title as submitted to registrar

Author’s preferred name

Previous degree information, if applicable

Submitted to the [department name] in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree(s) of

[degree name]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Month and year degree will be granted (May or June, September, February ONLY)

Copyright statement

This permission legend MUST follow: The author hereby grants to MIT a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to exercise any and all rights under copyright, including to reproduce, preserve, distribute and publicly display copies of the thesis, or release the thesis under an open-access license.

[Insert 2 blank lines]

Note: The remaining fields are left aligned and not centered

Authored by: [Author name]

[Author’s department name] (align with the beginning of the author’s name from the previous line)

[Date thesis is to be presented to the department] (align with the beginning of the author’s name from the first line)

Certified by: [Advisor’s full name as it appears in the MIT catalog]

   [Advisor’s department as it appears in the MIT catalog] (align with the beginning of the advisor’s name from the previous line), Thesis supervisor

Accepted by: [name]

[title – line 1] (align with the beginning of the name from the previous line)

[title – line 2] (align with the beginning of the name from the first line)

Note: The name and title of this person varies in different degree programs and may vary each term; contact the departmental thesis administrator for specific information

  • Students in joint graduate programs (such as Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) should list both their MIT thesis supervisor and the supervisor from the partner academic institution.
  • The name and title of the department or the program officer varies in different degree programs and may vary each term. Contact the departmental graduate administrator for specific information.
  • For candidates receiving two degrees, both degrees to be awarded should appear on the title page. For candidates in dual degree programs, all degrees and departments or programs should appear on the title page, and the names of both department heads/committee chairs are required. Whenever there are co-supervisors, both names should appear on the title page.

Here are some PDF examples of title pages:

  • Bachelor’s Degree – using a Creative Commons license
  • PhD candidate – using a Creative Commons license
  • Master’s candidate – dual degrees
  • Masters’ candidates – multiple authors
  • Masters’ candidates – multiple authors with dual degrees and extra committee members
  • Bachelor’s Degree – change of thesis supervisor

Title page: Special circumstances – change of thesis supervisor

If your supervisor has recently died or is no longer affiliated with the Institute:

  • Both this person and your new supervisor should be listed on your title page
  • Under the new supervisor’s name, state that they are approving the thesis on behalf of the previous supervisor
  • An additional page should be added to the thesis, before the acknowledgments page, with an explanation about why a new supervisor is approving your thesis on behalf of your previous supervisor. You may also thank the new supervisor for acting in this capacity
  • Review this PDF example of a title page with a change in supervisor

If your supervisor is external to the Institute (such as an industrial supervisor):

  • You should acknowledge this individual on the Acknowledgements page as appropriate, but should not list this person on the thesis title page
  • The full thesis committee and thesis readers can be acknowledged on the Acknowledgements page, but should not be included on the title page

Not Required

Please consult with your department to determine if they are requiring or requesting an additional signature page.

Each thesis must include an abstract of generally no more than 500 words single-spaced. The abstract should be thought of as a brief descriptive summary, not a lengthy introduction to the thesis. The abstract should immediately follow the title page.

The abstract page should have the following fields in the following order and centered (including spacing):

  • Thesis title

Submitted to the [Department] on [date thesis will be submitted] in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of [Name of degree to be received]

[Insert 1 blank line]

Single-spaced summary; approximately 500 words or less; try not to use formulas or special characters

Thesis supervisor: [Supervisor’s name]

Title: [Title of supervisor]

The Abstract page should include the same information as on the title page. With the thesis title, author name, and submitting statement above the abstract, the word “ABSTRACT” typed before the body of the text, and the thesis supervisor’s name and title below the abstract.

Acknowledgements

An acknowledgement page may be included and is the appropriate place to include information such as external supervisor (such as an industrial advisor) or a list of the full thesis committee and thesis readers. Please note that your thesis will be publicly available online at DSpace@MIT , which is regularly crawled and indexed by Google and other search-engine providers.

The thesis may contain a short biography of the candidate, including institutions attended and dates of attendance, degrees and honors, titles of publications, teaching and professional experience, and other matters that may be pertinent. Please note that your thesis will be publicly available online at DSpace@MIT , which is regularly crawled and indexed by Google and other search-engine providers.

List of Tables

List of supplemental material.

Whenever possible, notes should be placed at the bottom of the appropriate page or in the body of the text. Notes should conform to the style appropriate to the discipline. If notes appear at the bottom of the page, they should be single-spaced and included within the specified margins.

It may be appropriate to place bibliographic references either at the end of the chapter in which they occur or at the end of the thesis.

The style of quotations, footnotes, and bibliographic references may be prescribed by your department. If your department does not prescribe a style or specify a style manual, choose one and be consistent. Further information is available on the MIT Writing and Communications Center’s website .

Ownership of copyright

The Institute’s policy concerning ownership of thesis copyright is covered in Rules and Regulations of the Faculty, 2.73 and MIT Policies and Procedures 13.1.3 . Copyright covers the intellectual property in the words and images in the thesis. If the thesis also includes patentable subject matter, students should contact the Technology Licensing Office (TLO) prior to submission of their thesis.

Under these regulations, students retain the copyright to student theses.

The student must, as a condition of a degree award, grant to MIT a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to exercise any and all rights under copyright, including to reproduce, preserve, distribute and publicly display copies of the thesis, or release the thesis under an open-access license. The MIT Libraries publish the thesis on DSpace@MIT , allowing open access to the research output of MIT.

You may also, optionally, apply a Creative Commons License to your thesis. The Creative Commons License allows you to grant permissions and provide guidance on how your work can be reused by others. For more information about CC: https://creativecommons.org/about/cclicenses/ . To determine which CC license is right for you, you can use the CC license chooser .

You must include an appropriate copyright notice on the title page of your thesis. This should include the following:

  • the symbol “c” with a circle around it © and/or the word “copyright”
  • the year of publication (the year in which the degree is to be awarded)
  • the name of the copyright owner
  • the words “All rights reserved” or your chosen Creative Commons license
  • Also include the following statement below the ©“ The author hereby grants to MIT a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to exercise any and all rights under copyright, including to reproduce, preserve, distribute and publicly display copies of the thesis, or release the thesis under an open-access license.”
  • Also include the following statement below the © “The author hereby grants to MIT a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to exercise any and all rights under copyright, including to reproduce, preserve, distribute and publicly display copies of the thesis, or release the thesis under an open-access license.”

You are responsible for obtaining permission, if necessary, to include previously published material in your thesis. This applies to most figures, images, and excerpts of text created and published by someone else; it may also apply to your own previous work. For figures and short excerpts from academic works, permission may already be available through the MIT Libraries (see here for additional information ). Students may also rely on fair use , as appropriate. For assistance with copyright questions about your thesis, you can contact [email protected] .

When including your own previously published material in your thesis, you may also need to obtain copyright clearance. If, for example, a student has already published part of the thesis as a journal article and, as a condition of publication, has assigned copyright to the journal’s publisher, the student’s rights are limited by what the publisher allows. More information about publisher policies on reuse in theses is available here.

Students can hold onto sufficient rights to reuse published articles (or excerpts of these) in their thesis if they are covered by MIT’s open access policy. Learn more about MIT’s open access policy and opt-in here . Contact [email protected] for more information.

When including your own previously published articles in your thesis, check with your department for specific requirements, and consider the following:

  • Ensure you have any necessary copyright permissions to include previously published material in your thesis.
  • Be sure to discuss copyright clearance and embargo options with your co-authors and your advisor well in advance of preparing your thesis for submission.
  • Include citations of where portions of the thesis have been previously published.
  • When an article included has multiple authors, clearly designate the role you had in the research and production of the published paper that you are including in your thesis.

Supplemental material and research data

Supplemental material that may be submitted with your thesis is the materials that are essential to understanding the research findings of your thesis, but impossible to incorporate or embed into a PDF. Materials submitted to the MIT Libraries may be provided as supplemental digital files or in some cases physical items. All supplementary materials must be approved for submission by your advisor. The MIT Libraries can help answer questions you may have about managing the supplementary material and other research materials associated with your research.

Contact [email protected] early in your thesis writing process to determine the best way to include supplemental materials with your thesis.

You may also have other research data and outputs related to your thesis research that are not considered supplemental material and should not be submitted with your thesis. Research materials include the facts, observations, images, computer program results, recordings, measurements, or experiences on which a research output—an argument, theory, test or hypothesis, or other output—is based. These may also be termed, “research data.” This term relates to data generated, collected, or used during research projects, and in some cases may include the research output itself. Research materials should be deposited in appropriate research data repositories and cited in your thesis . You may consult the MIT Libraries’ Data Management Services website for guidance or reach out to Data Management Services (DMS)( [email protected] ), who can help answer questions you may have about managing your thesis data and choosing suitable solutions for longer term storage and access.

  • Supplementary information may be submitted with your thesis to your program after approval from your thesis advisor. 
  • Supplemental material should be mentioned and summarized in the written document, for example, using a few key frames from a movie to create a figure.
  • A list of supplementary information along with brief descriptions should be included in your thesis document. For digital files, the description should include information about the file types and any software and version needed to open and view the files.
  • Issues regarding the format of non-traditional, supplemental content should be resolved with your advisor.
  • Appendices and references are not considered supplementary information.
  • If your research data has been submitted to a repository, it should not also be submitted with your thesis.
  • Follow the required file-naming convention for supplementary files: authorLastName-kerb-degree-dept-year-type_supplemental.ext
  • Captioning ( legally required ): text versions of the audio content, synchronized with the video: ways to get your video captioned
  • Additional content, not required:
  • For video, an audio description: a separate narrative audio track that describes important visual content, making it accessible to people who are unable to see the video
  • Transcripts: should capture all the spoken audio, plus on-screen text and descriptions of key visual information that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible without seeing the video

For physical components that are integral to understanding the thesis document, and which cannot be meaningfully conveyed in a digital form, the author may submit the physical items to the MIT Libraries along with their thesis document. When photographs or a video of a physical item (such as a model) would be sufficient, the images should be included in the thesis document, and a video could be submitted as digital supplementary material.

An example of physical materials that would be approved for submission as part of the thesis would be photographs that cannot be shared digitally in our repository due to copyright restrictions. In this case, the photographs could be submitted as a physical volume that is referred to in the thesis document.

As with digital supplementary information and research materials, physical materials must be approved for submission by your advisor. Contact [email protected] early in your thesis writing process to determine if physical materials should accompany your thesis, and if so how to schedule a transfer of materials to the MIT Libraries.

Creating your thesis document/digital format

You are required to submit a PDF/A-1 formatted thesis document to your department. In addition, it is recommended that original files, or source files, (such a .doc or .tex) are submitted alongside the PDF/A-1 to better ensure long-term access to your thesis.

You should create accessible files that support the use of screen readers and make your document more easily readable by assistive technologies. This will expand who is able to access your thesis. By creating an accessible document from the beginning, there will be less work required to remediate the PDF that gets created. Most software offers a guide for creating documents that are accessible to screen readers. Review the guidelines provided by the MIT Libraries .

In general:

  • Use styles and other layout features for headings, lists, tables, etc. If you don’t like the default styles associated with the headings, you can customize them.
  • Avoid using blank lines to add visual spacing and instead increase the size of the spaces before and/or after the line.
  • Avoid using text boxes.
  • Embed URLs.
  • Anchor images to text when inserting them into a doc.
  • Add alt-text to any images or figures that convey meaning (including, math formulas).
  • Use a sans serif font.
  • Add basic embedded metadata, such as author, title, year of graduation, department, keywords etc. to your thesis via your original author tool.

Creating a PDF/A-1

PDF/A-1 (either a or b) is the more suitable format for long term preservation than a basic PDF. It ensures that the PDF format conforms to certain specifications which make it more likely to open and be viewable in the long term. It is best for static content that will not change in the future, as this is the most preservation-worthy version and does not allow for some complex elements that could corrupt or prevent the file from being viewable in the future. Guidelines on how to convert specific file types to PDF/A .

In general: (should we simplify these bullets)

  • Convert to PDF/A directly from your original files (text, Word, InDesign, LaTeX, etc.). It is much easier and better to create valid PDF/A documents from your original files than from a regular PDF. Converting directly will ensure that fonts and hyperlinks are embedded in the document.
  • Do not embed multimedia files (audio and video), scripts, executables, lab notebooks, etc. into your PDF. Still images are fine. The other formats mentioned may be able to be submitted as supplemental files.
  • Do not password protect or encrypt your PDF file.
  • Validate your PDF/A file before submitting it to your department.

All digital files must be named according to this scheme: authorLastName-kerb-degree-dept-year-type_other.ext

  • Thesis PDF: macdonald-mssimon-mcp-dusp-2023-thesis.pdf
  • Signature page: macdonald-mssimon-mcp-dusp-2023-sig.pdf
  • Original source file: macdonald-mssimon-mcp-2023-source.docx
  • Supplemental file: macdonald-mssimon-mcp-2023-supplmental_1.mov
  • Second supplemental file: macdonald-mssimon-mcp-2023-supplmental_2.mov
  • Read Me file about supplemental: macdonald-mssimon-mcp-2023-supplemental-readme.txt

How to submit thesis information to the MIT Libraries

Before your day of graduation, you should submit your thesis title page metadata to the MIT Libraries  prior to your day of graduation. The submission form requires Kerberos login.

Student submitted metadata allows for quicker Libraries processing times. It also provides a note field for you to let Libraries’ staff know about any metadata discrepancies.

The information you provide must match the title page and abstract of your thesis . Please have a copy of your completed thesis on hand to enter this information directly from your thesis. If any discrepancies are found during processing, Libraries’ staff will publish using the information on the approved thesis document. You will be asked to confirm or provide:

  • Preferred name of author(s)as they appear on the title page of the thesis
  • ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. The goal is to support the creation of a permanent, clear, and unambiguous record of scholarly communication by enabling reliable attribution of authors and contributors. Read ORCID FAQs to learn more
  • Department(s)
  • A license is optional, and very difficult to remove once published. The Creative Commons License allows you to grant permissions and provide guidance on how your work can be reused by others. Read more information about CC .
  • Thesis supervisor(s)
  • If you would like the full-text of your thesis to be made openly available in the ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Global database (PQDT), you can indicate that in the Libraries submission form.
  • Open access inclusion in PQDT is at no cost to you, and increases the visibility and discoverability of your thesis. By opting in you are granting ProQuest a license to distribute your thesis in accordance with ProQuest’s policies. Further information can be found in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Author FAQ .
  • Full-text theses and associated supplemental files will only be sent to ProQuest once any temporary holds have been lifted, and the thesis has been published in DSpace@MIT.
  • Regardless of opting-in to inclusion in PQDT, the full text of your thesis will still be made openly available in DSpace@MIT . Doctoral Degrees: Regardless of opting-in the citation and abstract of your thesis will be included in PQDT.

Thesis research should be undertaken in light of MIT’s policy of open research and the free interchange of information . Openness requires that, as a general policy, thesis research should not be undertaken on campus when the results may not be published. From time to time, there may be a good reason for delaying the distribution of a thesis to obtain patent protection, or for reasons of privacy or security. To ensure that only those theses that meet certain criteria are withheld from distribution and that they are withheld for the minimum period, the Institute has established specific review procedures.

Written notification of patent holds and other restrictions must reach the MIT Libraries before the thesis in question is received by the MIT Libraries. Theses will not be available to the public prior to being published by the MIT Libraries. The Libraries may begin publishing theses in DSpace@MIT one month and one week from the last day of classes.

Thesis hold requests should be directed to the Technology Licensing Office (TLO) ( [email protected] ) when related to MIT-initiated patent applications (i.e., MIT holds intellectual property rights; patent application process via TLO). Requests for a thesis hold must be made jointly by the student and advisor directly to the MIT Technology Licensing Office as part of the technology disclosure process.

Thesis hold or restricted access requests should be directed to the Office of the Vice Chancellor ([email protected]) when related to:

  • Student-initiated patents (student holds intellectual property rights as previously determined by TLO) [up to 90-day hold]
  • Pursuit of business opportunities (student holds intellectual property rights as previously determined by TLO)[up to 90-day hold]
  • Government restrictions [up to 90-day hold]
  • Privacy and security [up to 90-day hold]
  • Scholarly journal articles pending publication [up to 90-day hold]
  • Book publication [up to 24-month hold]

In the unusual circumstance that a student wants to request a hold beyond the initial 90-day period, they should contact the Office of Vice President for Research , who may consult with the TLO and/or the Office of the Vice Chancellor, as appropriate to extend the hold. Such requests must be supported by evidence that explains the need for a longer period.

Find information about each type of publication hold, and to learn how to place a hold on your thesis

After publication

Your thesis will be published on DSpace@MIT . Theses are processed by the MIT Libraries and published in the order they are transferred by your department. The Libraries will begin publishing theses in DSpace@MIT one month and one week from the last day of classes.

All changes made to a thesis, after it has been submitted to the MIT Libraries by your department, must have approval from the Vice Chancellor or their designee. Thesis documents should be carefully reviewed prior to submission to ensure they do not contain misspellings or incorrect formatting. Change requests for these types of minor errors will not be approved.

There are two types of change requests that can be made:

  • Errata: When the purpose is to correct significant errors in content, the author should create an errata sheet using the form and instructions (PDF)  and obtain approval first from both the thesis supervisor or program chair, before submitting for review by the Vice Chancellor.
  • Substitution: If the purpose of the change is to excise classified, proprietary, or confidential information, the author should fill out the  application form (PDF) and have the request approved first by the thesis supervisor or program chair, before submitting for review by the Vice Chancellor.

Students and supervisors should vet thesis content carefully before submission to avoid these scenarios whenever possible.

You are always authorized to post electronic versions of your own thesis, in whole or in part, on a website, without asking permission. If you hold the copyright in the thesis, approving and/or denying requests for permission to use portions of the thesis in third-party publications is your responsibility.

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Curriculum and Thesis

In their first and second years, PhD students are required to complete a series of core classes, coursework in their major and minor fields of study, and an advanced research methods course before proceeding to the thesis-writing stage.

Core courses

Students must satisfy the requirements in at least 10 of 12 half-semester first-year core courses (14.384 and 14.385 are considered second-year courses). The requirements can be met by earning a grade of B or better in the class or by passing a waiver exam.

Waiver exams are offered at the start of the semester in which the course is offered and graded on a pass-fail basis. Students who receive a grade of B- or below in a class can consult the course faculty to determine whether to take the waiver exam or re-take the course the following year. These requirements must all be satisfied before the end of the second year.

Course list

  • 14.121: Microeconomic Theory I
  • 14.122: Microeconomic Theory II
  • 14.123: Microeconomic Theory III
  • 14.124: Microeconomic Theory IV
  • 14.380: Statistical Methods in Economics
  • 14.381: Estimation and Inference for Linear Causal and Structural Models
  • 14.382*: Econometrics
  • 14.384*: Time Series Analysis (2nd year course)
  • 14.385*: Nonlinear Econometric Analysis (2nd year course)
  • 14.451: Dynamic Optimization Methods with Applications
  • 14.452: Economic Growth
  • 14.453: Economic Fluctuations
  • 14.454: Economic Crises

*Courses 14.382, 14.384, and 14.385 are each counted as two half-semester courses.

Most students will also take one or more field courses (depending on whether they are waiving core courses) during their first year. Feel free to ask your graduate research officer, field faculty, and advanced students for advice on how you structure your first-year coursework.

Second year students must also successfully complete the two-semester course 14.192: Advanced Research Methods and Communication. The course, which is graded on a pass-fail basis, guides students through the process of writing and presenting the required second-year research paper.

Major field requirement

By the end of year two, PhD students must complete the requirements for two major fields in economics. This entails earning a B or better in two designated courses for each field. Some fields recommend additional coursework or papers for students intending to pursue research in the field.

Major fields must be declared by the Monday following the spring break of your second year. Your graduate registration officer must approve your field selections.

Minor field requirement

PhD students are also required to complete two minor fields, taking two courses in each field and earning a grade of B or better. Your graduate registration officer must approve your field selections.

Minor coursework is normally completed by the end of year two, but in some cases students can defer the completion of one field until after general exams. Students must consult with their graduate registration officer before making a deferment.

Options for minor fields include the eleven economics major fields, plus computation and statistics (from the interdisciplinary PhD in Economics and Statistics).

Students who wish to satisfy one of the minor field requirements by combining two courses from different fields–for example, environmental economics and industrial organization II–can petition the second-year graduate registration officer for permission.

At least one minor field should be from the department’s standard field list.

The fields in which the Department offers specialization and the subjects that will satisfy their designation as a minor field are given in the chart below. Some fields overlap so substantially that both cannot be taken by a student. In any event, the same subject cannot be counted towards more than a single minor field. Students must receive the approval of their Graduate Registration Officer for their designated major and minor fields.

List of fields

  • Development
  • Econometrics
  • Industrial organization
  • International
  • Macroeconomics
  • Organizational
  • Political economy
  • Public finance
  • Computation and statistics (minor only)

Subjects satisfying major and minor requirements

Advanced economic theory.

Minor: Any subset adding up to two full semesters from 14.125, 14.126, 14.127, 14.130, 14.137, 14.147, 14.160, 14.281 and Harvard Ec 2059. Major: At least two of 14.125, 14.126, 14.281, and Harvard Ec 2059. Recommended for major: 14.126, 14.281, and at least one of 14.125, 14.127, 14.130, 14.147, and Harvard Ec 2059.

Econometrics and Statistics

Minor: 14.382 in addition to one of 14.384 or 14.385. Major: Any one of 14.386, 14.387, 14.388 in addition to one of 14.384 or 14.385. Recommended for major: 14.384 and 14.385. *Dual PhD in Economics and Statistics has an additional requirement of 14.386.

Economic Development

Major and minor: 14.771 and 14.772 or 14.773

Minor: Any two of 14.416J, 14.440J, 14.441J, 14.442J, 14.448. Major: 14.416J and 14.441J

Industrial Organization

Minor: 14.271 and 14.272 or 14.273. Major: 14.271 and 14.272 or 14.273. Recommended for major: 14.271, 14.272, and 14.273.

International Economics

Major and minor: 14.581 and 14.582

Labor Economics

Major: 14.661 and 14.662A. Minor: Two subjects chosen from 14.193, 14.661, and 14.662

Monetary Economics

Major and minor: Two subjects chosen from 14.461, 14.462, and 14.463

Organizational Economics

Major and minor: 14.282 and one of 14.283-284, 14.441J, or an approved substitute

Political Economy

Major and minor: 14.770 and 14.773

Public Economics

Major and minor: 14.471 and 14.472

General exams

MIT requires doctoral candidates to complete an advanced course of study that includes general exams at its completion. Beginning in 2019-20, the Economics Department will operationalize this requirement to include successful completion of: the core and other required courses; course exams and other requirements of courses in each of a student’s two major and two minor fields; the written research paper and oral presentation components of 14.192. Students may present for the general exams while having one remaining minor field to complete. The faculty will review these components together with the candidate’s overall course record to determine whether students have passed the general exam requirement and can proceed to the thesis writing stage.

Typical course schedule

Math Camp begins on the second Monday in August.

Fall Semester

14.121/14.122 (Micro Theory I/II) 14.451/14.452 (Macro Theory I/II) 14.380/14.381 (Statistical Method in Economics & Applied Econometrics) Field Course (major or minor)

Spring Semester

14.123/14.124 (Micro Theory III/IV) 14.453/14.454 (Macro Theory III/IV) 14.382 (Econometrics) Field Course (major or minor)

2-3 Field Courses 14.192 (Advanced Research and Communication) 14.384  or  14.385 (Advanced Econometrics)

3 Field Courses 14.192 (Advanced Research and Communication)

Years 3 and up

Field workshop Field lunch Thesis writing

Upon satisfying the core and field requirements, PhD candidates embark on original research culminating in a completed dissertation. A PhD thesis normally consists of three research papers of publishable quality. The thesis must be approved by a student’s primary and secondary thesis advisors, and by an anonymous third reader. These three faculty members will be the candidate's thesis committee and are responsible for its acceptance. Collaborative work is acceptable and encouraged, but there must be at least one paper in the dissertation without a co-author who was a faculty member when the research started.

Criteria for satisfactory progress

Third-year students.

  • Meet regularly with their advisor
  • Participate consistently in their primary field advising lunch, their primary field workshop, and the third-year student research lunch
  • Complete their third-year paper
  • Participate in third-year meetings organized by the thesis graduate research officer

Students should present on their research in progress at least once in both the third-year student research lunches and their field advising lunch. Presentations provide opportunities for early and broad feedback on research ideas and the chance to develop oral presentation skills. Research ideas or early stage work in progress is encouraged and expected.

Fourth-year and later students

  • Participate consistently in their primary field advising lunch and their primary field workshop
  • Present at least once per year in their field advising lunch or field workshop. A presentation each semester in the field advising lunch is strongly recommended by most fields; consult your advisors for more information

Satisfactory progress toward a dissertation will be evaluated based on progress assessments by the student’s primary advisor, regular participation in the lunches and workshops, and field lunch or workshop presentations that show continued progress.

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Phd and masters theses.

Whether you are a member of our doctoral degree (PhD) program or our master’s degree (SM) program in operations research, you will write a thesis based on original, independent research conducted under the guidance of our expert faculty.

Below you will find a listing by year of the research performed by ORC students.

Theses are available on the  DSpace@MIT  online archive. If you would like to request a copy of a thesis, please contact MIT Document Services at 617.253.5650 or [email protected]

MIT Document Services owns the copyrights for all MIT student theses.

PhD Theses by Year

Boussioux, Léonard  Multimodality: Models, Algorithms, and Applications, June 2023

Chen, Wenyu  Optimization Methods for Machine Learning under Structural Constraints, June 2023

Cummings, Kayla  Toward Microtransit: Design and Operations of Reservation-based Systems, September 2023

Digalakis, Vasileios  Analytics under Variability, Volume, and Velocity with Applications to Sustainability and Healthcare, June 2023

Gilmour, Samuel  Allocating Scarce Resources: Modeling and Optimization, June 2023

Gong, Xiaoyue  Data-Driven Decision Making in Operations Management, June 2023

Liang, Jason Cheuk Nam  Automated Data-driven Algorithm and Mechanism Design in Online Advertising Markets, June 2023

Na, Liangyuan  Optimal Decision Making for Healthcare Operations: Models and Implementation, June 2023

Susan, Fransisca  Online Combinatorial Optimization for Digital Marketplaces, June 2023

Wilde, Joshua  Analytics-Enabled Quality and Safety Management Methods for High-Stakes Manufacturing Applications, February 2023

Zhao, Renbo  New Theory and Algorithms for Convex Optimization with Non-Standard Structures, June 2023

Zheng, Andrew  Experimentation and Control in Online Platforms, June 2023

Baek, Jackie  Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: From Theory to Practice, September 2022

Coey, Christopher Daniel Lang  Interior point and outer approximation methods for conic optimization, May 2022

Cohen, Peter L.  Algorithmic Approaches to Nonparametric Causal Inference, May 2022

Cory-Wright, Ryan  Integer and Matrix Optimization: A Nonlinear Approach, May 2022

Foncea Araneda , Patricio Tomas Learning and Optimization in Modern Retail​, September 2022

Gibson, Emma  Optimizing Healthcare Delivery in Resource-Limited​, September 2022

Kapelevich, Lea  Techniques for handling nonsymmetric cones in interior point algorithms, May 2022

Lahlou Kitane, Driss  Sparsity in Machine Learning: Theory and Applications, February 2022

Li, Michael Lingzhi  Algorithms for Large-scale Data Analytics and Applications to the COVID-19 Pandemic, February 2022

Meigs, Emily  Information and Incentives in Online Platforms​, September 2022

Papalexopoulos, Theodore P.  Multi-Objective Optimization for Public Policy, May 2022

Paskov, Ivan Spassimirov  Stable Machine Learning, February 2022.

Paynter, Jonathan  Modeling Aspects of Military Readiness, May 2022

Skali Lami, Omar  Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics in Operations Management, May 2022

Sobiesk, Matthew  Machine Learning Algorithms and Applications in Health Care, February 2022

Spantidakis, Ioannis  Constrained Inventory Optimization on Complex Warehouse Networks​, September 2022

Wiberg, Holly Mika  Data-driven healthcare via constraint learning and analytics, May 2022

Xu, Qingyang  Financial and Analytic Innovations for Therapeutic Development, May 2022

Amar, Jonathan Z.  Algorithmic Advancements in the Practice of Revenue Management, February 2021.

Bandi, Hari  Improving Efficiency and Fairness in Machine Learning: a Discrete Optimization Approach, September 2021.

Delarue, Arthur  Optimizing School Operations, June 2021.

Hazimeh, Hussein  Sparse Learning using Discrete Optimization: Scalable Algorithms and Statistical Insights, September 2021.

Koduri, Nihal  Essays on Decision Making Under Uncertainty, June 2021.

Orfanoudaki, Agni  Novel Machine Learning Algorithms for Personalized Medicine and Insurance, June 2021.

Paulson, Elisabeth  Healthy Food Access and Consumption: Informing Interventions Through Analytics, September 2021.

Renegar, Nicholas  Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning for the Risk-Based Management of Agricultural Supply Chains, September 2021.

Sinha, Deeksha  Optimization for Online Platforms, February 2021.

Berk, Lauren  New Optimization Approaches to Matrix Factorization Problems with Connections to Natural Language Processing, June 2020.

Chodrow, Philip S.  Structure, Dynamics, and Inference in Networks, September 2020.

Cohen-Hillel, Tamar  Past Price and Trend Effects in Promotion Planning; from Prediction to Prescription, September 2020.

Gaudio, Julia  Investigations in Applied Probability and High-Dimensional Statistics, June 2020.

Hu, Michael  Leveraging Data Analytics to Improve Outpatient Healthcare Operations, February 2020.

Hunter, David  New Approaches to Maximizing Influence in Large-Scale Social Networks, February 2020.

Lamperski, Jourdain Bernard  Structural and Algorithmic Aspects of Linear Inequality Systems, September 2020.

Lu, Jing  Probabilistic Models and Optimization Algorithms for Large-scale Transportation Problems, February 2020.

Pauphilet, Jean  Algorithmic Advancements in Discrete Optimization Applications to Machine Learning and Healthcare Operations, June 2020.

Singhvi, Divya  Data-Driven Decision Making in Online and Offine Retail, September 2020.

Singhvi, Somya  Improving Farmers' and Consumers' Welfare in Agricultural Supply Chains via Data-driven Analytics and Modeling: From Theory to Practice, September 2020.

Sturt, Bradley Eli  Dynamic Optimization in the Age of Big Data, June 2020.

Wang, Li  Online and Offline Learning in Operations, September 2020.

Wang, Yuchen  Interpretable Machine Learning Methods with Applications to Health Care, June 2020.

Yan, Julia  From Data to Decisions in Urban Transit and Logistics, June 2020.

Zhang, Kevin  Real-Time Calibration of Large-Scale Traffic Simulators: Achieving Efficiency Through the Use of Analytical Models, September 2020.

Baardman, Lennart  Analytics in Promotional Pricing and Advertising, June 2019.

Beeler, Michael Francis  Inference and Decision Models for Regulatory and Business Challenges in Low-Income Countries, September 2019.

Biggs, Max Prescriptive Analytics in Operations Problems: a Tree Ensemble Approach, September 2019.

Burq, Maximilien  Dynamic Matching Algorithms, February, 2019.

Chen, Louis Lester  Distributionally Robust Optimization with Marginals: Theory and Applications, September 2019.

Fields, Evan  Demand Uncensored: Inferring Demand for Car-Sharing Mobility Services Using Data-Driven and Simulation-Based Techniques, February, 2019.

Hariss, Rim  Data-driven Optimization with Behavioral Considerations: Applications to Pricing, September 2019.

Lu, Haihao  Large-Scale Optimization Methods for Data-Science Applications, June 2019.

Martin, Sebastien  The Edge of Large-Scale Optimization in Transportation and Machine Learning, June 2019.

McCord, Christopher George  Data-Driven Dynamic Optimization with Auxiliary Covariates, June 2019.

Mellou, Konstantina  Resource Scheduling and Optimization in Dynamic and Complex Transportation Settings, June 2019.

Mundru, Nishanth  Predictive and Prescriptive Methods in Operations Research and Machine Learning: An Optimization Approach, June 2019.

Nambiar, Mila  Data-driven Pricing and Inventory Management with Applications in Fashion Retail, September 2019.

Ng, Yee Sian  Advances in Data-Driven Models for Transportation, June 2019.

Pawlowski, Colin  Machine Learning for Problems with Missing and Uncertain Data with Applications to Personalized Medicine, June 2019.

Tay, Joel  Integrated Robust and Adaptive Methods in the Heating Oil Industry, February, 2019.

Zadik, Ilias  Computational and Statistical Challenges in High Dimensional Statistical Models, September 2019.

Amjad, Muhammad Jehangir  Sequential Data Inference via Matrix Estimation: Causal Inference, Cricket and Retail, September 2018.

Chen, Chongli Daniel  Operations Management in a Large Online Retailer: Inventory, Scheduling and Picking, September 2018.

Copenhaver, Martin Steven  Sparsity and robustness in modern statistical estimation, June 2018.

Dunn, Jack William  Optimal Trees for Prediction and Prescription, June 2018.

Galle, Virgile  Optimization Models and Methods for Storage Yard Operations in Maritime Container Terminals, February 2018.

Goh, Chong Yang  Learning with Structured Decision Constraints, June 2018.

Goh, Siong Thye  Machine Learning Approaches to Challenging Problems: Interpretable Imbalanced Classification, Interpretable Density Estimation, and Causal Inference, June 2018.

Gutin, Eli  Practical Applications of Large-Scale Stochastic Control for Learning and Optimization, September 2018.

Huchette, Joseph Andrew  Advanced mixed-integer programming formulations: Methodology, computation, and application, June 2018.

Li, Andrew A.  Algorithms for Large-Scale Personalization, June 2018.

Ma, Will (Wei)  Dynamic, Data-driven Decision-making in Revenue Management, September 2018.

Owen, Zachary Davis Owen  Revenue Management and Learning in Systems of Reusable Resources, June 2018.

Papush, Anna  Data-Driven Methods for Personalized Product Recommendation Systems, February 2018.

Pixton, Clark  Operational Decisions and Learning for Multiproduct Retail, June 2018.

Tracà, Stefano  Regulating exploration in multi-armed bandit problems with time patterns and dying arms, June 2018.

Udwani, Rajan  Vignettes on Robust Combinatorial Optimization, September 2018.

Wang, Shujing  Improving Behavioral Decision Making in Operations and Food Safety Management, September 2018.

Zhuo, Ying Daisy  New Algorithms in Machine Learning with Applications in Personalized Medicine, June 2018.

Aouad, Mohammed  Revenue Management in Face of Choice Heterogeneity, September 2017.

Cheung, Wang Chi  Data-driven Algorithms for Operational Problems, February 2017.

Eschenfeldt, Patrick Clark  Multiserver Queueing Systems in Heavy Traffic, February 2017.

Flajolet, Arthur  Adaptive Optimization Problems under Uncertainty with Limited Feedback, June 2017.

Gupta, Swati  Combinatorial Structures in Online and Convex Optimization, June 2017.

Korolko, Nikita  A Robust Optimization Approach to Online Problems, June 2017.

Kung, Jerry Lai  An Analytics Approach to Problems in Health Care, June 2017.

Lubin, Miles  Mixed-Integer Convex Optimization: Outer Approximation Algorithms and Modeling Power, September 2017.

Marks, Christopher E.  Analytic Search Methods in Online Social Networks, June 2017.

Thraves Cortés-Monroy, Charles Mark  New Applications in Revenue Management, June 2017.

Weinstein, Alexander Michael  From Data to Decisions in Healthcare: An Optimization Perspective, June 2017.

Yan, Chiwei  Airline Scheduling and Air Traffic Control: Incorporating Passenger and Airline Preferences and Uncertainty, September 2017.

Dunning, Iain Robert Advances in Robust and Adaptive Optimization: Algorithms, Software, and Insights, June 2016.

Grigas, Paul  Methods for Convex Optimization and Statistical Learning, September 2016.

Misic, Velibor V. Data, Models and Decisions for Large-Scale Stochastic Optimization Problem, June 2016.

Remorov, Alexander  Dynamic Trading and Behavioral Finance, June 2016.

Shaposhnik, Yaron  Exploration vs. Exploitation: Reducing Uncertainty in Operational Problems, September 2016.

Shi, Peng  Prediction and Optimization in School Choice, June 2016.

Wang, He  Dynamic Learning and Optimization for Operations Management Problems, June 2016.

Youssef, Nataly  Stochastic Analysis via Robust Optimization, February 2016.

Yuan, Rong  Velocity-based Storage and Stowage Decisions in a Semi-automated Fulfillment System, September 2016.

Bisias, Dimitrios  Applications of Optimal Portfolio Management, September 2015.

Calmon, Andre du Pin  Reverse Logistics for Consumer Electronics: Forecasting Failures, Managing Inventory, and Matching Warranties, June 2015.

Cohen, Maxime C.  Pricing for Retail, Social Networks and Green Technologies, September 2015.

Fagnan, David Erik  Analytics for Financing Drug Development, June 2015.

Johnson, Kris  Analytics for Online Markets, June 2015.

Kallus, Nathan  From Data to Decisions Through New Interfaces Between Optimization and Statistics, June 2015.

King, Angela  Regression under a Modern Optimization Lens, June 2015.

Letham, Benjamin  Statistical Learning for Decision Making: Interpretability, Uncertainty, and Inference, June 2015.

Lin, Maokai   Optimization and Equilibrium in Dynamic Networks and Applications in Traffic Systems, February 2015.

Silberholz, John  Analytics for Improved Cancer Screening and Treatment, September 2015.

Wang, Hai  Design and Operation of a Last Mile Transportation System, June 2015.

Anderson, Ross Michael   Stochastic Models and Data Driven Simulations for Healthcare Operations, June 2014.

Elmachtoub, Adam Nabil   New Approaches for Integrating Revenue and Supply Chain Management, September, 2014.

Gupta, Vishal   Data-Driven Models for Uncertainty and Behavior, June 2014.

Leung, Ngai-Hang Zachary   Three Essays in Operations Management, September, 2014.

Zhu, Zhe   New Statistical Techniques for Designing Future Generation Retirement and Insurance Solutions, September, 2014.

Bandi, Chaithanya   Tractable Stochastic Analysis in High Dimensions via Robust Optimization, June 2013.

Chiraphadhanakul, Virot   Large-Scale Analytics and Optimization in Urban Transportation: Improving Public Transit and Its Integration with Vehicle-Sharing Services, June 2013.

Figueroa, Cristian Ricardo  Emission Regulations in the Electricity Market: An Analysis from Consumers, Producers and Central Planner Perspectives, September 2013.

Fontana, Matthew William  Optimal Routes for Electric Vehicles Facing Uncertainty, Congestion, and Energy Constraints, September 2013.

Keller, Philipp Wilhelm   Tractable Multi-product Pricing under Discrete Choice Models, June 2013.

Lu, Xin   Online Optimization Problems, June 2013.

Monsch, Matthieu  Large Scale Prediction Models and Algorithms, September 2013.

O'Hair, Allison Kelly   Personalized Diabetes Management, June 2013.

Simchi-Levi, David   Effectiveness and Design of Sparse Process Flexibilities, June 2013.

Uichanco, Joline Ann Villaranda  Data-driven Optimization and Analytics for Operations Management Applications, September 2013.

Acimovic, Jason Andrew    Lowering Outbound Shipping Costs in an Online Retail Environment by Making Better Fulfillment and Replenishment Decisions, September 2012.

Chang, Allison An    Integer Optimization Methods for Machine Learning, June 2012.

Frankovich, Michael Joseph  Air Traffic Flow Management at Airports: A Unified Optimization Approach, September 2012.

Gupta, Shubham    A Tractable Optimization Framework for Air Traffic Flow Management Addressing Fairness, Collaboration and Stochasticity, June 2012.

Lobel, Ruben  Pricing and Incentive Design in Applications of Green Technology Subsidies and Revenue Management, June 2012.

Shi, Cong  Provably Near-Optimal Algorithms for Multi-stage Stochastic Optimization Models in Operations Management, September 2012.

Sun, Wei  Price of Anarchy in Supply Chains, Congested Systems and Joint Ventures, September 2012.

Telha Cornejo, Claudio    Algorithms and Hardness Results for the Jump Number Problem, the Joint Replenishment Problem, and the Optimal Clustering of Frequency-Constrained Maintenance Jobs, February 2012.

Teytelman, Anna  Modeling Reduction of Pandemic Influenza Using Pharmaceutical and Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions in a Heterogeneous Population, June 2012.

Zhong, Yuan  Resource Allocation in Stochastic Processing Networks: Performance and Scaling, September 2012.

Becker, Adrian Bernard Druke    Decomposition Methods for Large Scale Stochastic and Robust Optimization Problems, September 2011.

Chhaochhria, Pallav  Forecast-driven Tactical Planning Models for Manufacturing Systems, September 2011.

Dunkel, Juliane    The Gomory-Chv´atal Closure: Polyhedrality, Complexity, and Extensions, June 2011.

Goldberg, David Alan    Large Scale Queueing Systems: Asymptotics and Insights, June 2011.

Kluberg, Lionel J.    Competition and Loss of Eciency: From Electricity Markets to Pollution Control, June 2011.

Michalek Pfeil, Diana  Optimization of Airport Terminal-Area Air Traffic Operations under Uncertain Weather Conditions, June 2011.

Mittal, Shashi  Algorithms for Discrete, Non-Linear and Robust Optimization Problems with Applications in Scheduling and Service Operations, September 2011.

Rikun, Alexander Anatolyevich  Applications of Robust Optimization to Queueing and Inventory Systems, June 2011.

Sun, Xu Andy  Advances in Electric Power Systems: Robustness, Adaptability, and Fairness, September 2011.

Trichakis, Nikolaos K.  Fairness in Operations: From Theory to Practice, June 2011.

Williams, Gareth Pierce  Dynamic Order Allocation for Make-To-Order Manufacturing Networks: An Industrial Case Study of Optimization Under Uncertainty, June 2011.

Zarybnisky, Eric Jack  Maintenance Scheduling for Modular Systems–Models and Algorithms, September 2011.

Bimpikis, Kostas  Strategic Delay and Information Exchange in Endogenous Social Networks, September 2010. 

Doan, Xuan Vinh  Optimization under Moment, Robust, and Data-Driven Models of Uncertainty, February 2010. 

Fearing, Douglas  The Case for Coordination: Equity, Efficiency and Passenger Impacts in Air Traffic Flow Management, Septmeber 2010. 

Iancu, Dan Andrei  Adaptive Robust Optimization with Applications in Inventory and Revenue Management, Septmeber 2010. 

Menjoge, Rajiv  New Procedures for Visualizing Data and Diagnosing Regression Models, June 2010. 

Weber, Theophane  Correlation Decay and Decentralized Optimization in Graphical Models, February 2010. 

Harsha, Pavithra  - Mitigating Airport Congestion: Market Mechanisms and Airline Response Models, February 2009.

Lobel, Ilan  - Social Networks: Rational Learning and Information Aggregation, September 2009.

Lu, Ye -  Essays on Inventory, Pricing and Financial Trading Strategies, September 2009.

Nguyen, Tri-Dung  - Robust Estimation, Regression and Ranking with Applications in Portfolio Optimization, June 2009.

Nigmatulina, Karima Robert  - Modeling and Responding to Pandemic Influenza: Importance of Population Distributional Attributes and Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions, June 2009.

Stratila, Dan  - Combinatorial Optimization Problems with Concave Costs, February 2009.

Bjarnadottir, Margret  - Data-Driven Approach to Health Care: Applications Using Claims Data, September 2008.

Chandler, Lincoln J.  - The Minority Achievement Gap in a Suburban School District, June 2008.

Czerwinski, David  - Quality of Care and Drug Surveillance: A Data-Driven Perspective, June 2008.

Mamani, Hamed  - Supply Chain Coordination and Influenza Vaccination, September 2008.

Pei, Pamela  - Towards a Unified Theory of Procurement Contract Design: Production Flexibility, Spot Market Trading, and Contract Structure, June 2008.

Rogozhnikov, Dmitriy  - Algorithmic issues in queueing systems and combinatorial counting problems, September 2008.

Shah, Premal  - Analysis of Employee Stock Options and Guaranteed Withdrawal Benefits for Life, September 2008.

Uhan, Nelson  - Algorithmic and Game-Theoretic Perspectives on Scheduling, June 2008.

Chan, Timothy  - Optimization under Uncertainty in Radiation Therapy, June 2007.

Goundan, Pranava  - Essays on Optimization and Incentive Contracts, June 2007.

Kaminski, Kathryn  - General Superposition Strategies and Asset Allocation, June 2007.

Le-Tallec, Yann  - Robust, Risk-Sensitive, and Data-driven Control of Markov Decision Processes, February 2007.

Shum, Wanhang  - Effective Contracts in Supply Chains, June 2007.

Simon, Carine  - Dynamic Pricing with Demand Learning under Competition, September 2007.

Sivaraman, Raghavendran  - Capacity Expansion in Contemporary Telecommunication Networks, September 2007.

Teo, Kwong Meng  - Nonconvex Robust Optimization, June 2007.

Adida, Elodie  - Dynamic Pricing and Inventory Control with no Backorders under Uncertainty and Competition, June 2006.

Gupta, Shobhit  - Buyout Prices in Online Auctions, June 2006.

McCann, Lauren  - Robust Model Selection and Outlier Detection in Linear Regression, June 2006.

Meyers, Carol  - Network Flow Problems and Congestion Games: Complexity and Approximation Results, June 2006.

Nogueira, Alexandre  - Studies Integrating Geometry, Probability, and Optimization Under Convexity, June 2006.

Roels, Guillaume  - Information and Decentralization in Inventory, Supply Chain, and Transportation Systems, June 2006.

Wagner, Michael  - Online Optimization in Routing and Scheduling, June 2006.

Yee, Michael  - Inferring Noncompensatory Choice Heuristics, June 2006.

Aghassi, Michele Leslie - Robust Optimization, Game Theory, and Variational Inequalities, September 2005.

Bompadre, Agustin - Three Essays on Sequencing and Routing Problems, June 2005.

Martonosi, Susan Elizabeth - An Operations Research Approach to Aviation Security, September 2005.

Xu, Ping Josephine - Order Fulfillment in Online Retailing: What Goes Where, September 2005.

Kang, Laura Sumi  - Degradable Airline Scheduling: an Approach to Improve Operational Robustness and Differentiate Service Quality, February 2004.

Correa, José Rafael  - Approximation Algorithms for Packing and Scheduling Problems, June 2004.

Craft, David  - Local Energy Management Through Mathematical Modeling and Optimization, September 2004.

Farahat, Amr  - Tractability Through Approximation: A Study of Two Discrete Optimization Problems, September 2004.

Lesnaia, Ekaterina  - Optimizing Safety Stock Placement in General Network Supply Chains, September 2004.

Martínez-de-Albéniz, Victor  - Portfolio Strategies in Supply Contracts, June 2004.

Sim, Melvyn  - Robust Optimization, June 2004.

Sood, Anshul  - Competitive Multi-period Pricing for Perishable Products, June 2004.

Stier-Moses, Nicolás E. -  Selfish Versus Coordinated Routing in Network Games, June 2004.

Zaretsky, Marina  - Essays on Variational Inequalities and Competitive Supply Chain Models, September 2004.

Beil, Damian  Two Topics in Online Auctions, June 2003.

Chen, Xin  Coordinating Inventory Control and Pricing Strategies, June 2003.

De boer, Sanne  Advances in Airline Revenue Management and Pricing, June 2003.

Hawkins, Jeffrey  A Largrangian Decomposition Approach to Weakly Coupled Dynamic Optimization Problems and its Applications, June 2003.

Kumar, Mahesh  Error-based Clustering and Its Application to Sales Forecasting in Retail Merchandising, September 2003.          

Mersereau, Adam  Dynamic Optimization for Adaptive Customized Marketing, September 2003.    

Shioda, Romy  Integer Optimization in Data Mining, June 2003.

Sun, Peng  Constructing Learning Models from Data: The Dynamic Catalog Mailing Problem, June 2003. 

Wu, Joseph T.  Optimization of Influenza Vaccine Strain Selection, June 2003.

Bossert, John  Modeling and Solving Variations of the Network Loading Problem, September 2002.

Cohn, Amy E.  Composite-Variable Modeling for Large-Scale Problems in Transportation and Logistics, June 2002. 

Kachani, Soulaymane  Dynamic Travel Time Models for Pricing and Route Guidance: A Fluid Dynamics Approach, June 2002.

Muharremoglu, Alp  A New Perspective on Multi-Echelon Inventory Systems, September 2002.

Ordonez, Fernando  On the Explanatory Value of Condition Numbers for Convex Optimization: Theoretical Issues and Computational Experience, September 2002.

Pachamanova, Dessislava A.  A Robust Optimization Approach to Finance, June 2002. 

Rifkin, Ryan  Everything Old is New Again: A Fresh Look at Historical Approaches in Machine Learning, September 2002.

Sharma, Dushyant  Cyclic Exchange and Related Neighborhood Structures for Combinatorial Optimization Problems, June 2002.

Ergun, Ozlem  New Neighborhood Search Algorithms Based on Exponentially Large Neighborhoods, June 2001. 

Haugh, Martin B.  Essays in Financial Engineering, September 2001. 

Humair, Salal  Yield Management for Telecommunication Networks: Defining a New Landscape, February 2001. 

Lauprete, Geoffrey J.  Portfolio Risk Minimization under Departures from Normality, September 2001

Armacost, Andrew P.  Composite Variable Formulation for Express Shipment Service Network Design, September 2000. 

Chew, Elaine  Towards a Mathematical Model of Tonality, February 2000. 

Demir, Ramazan  An Approximate Dynamic Programming Approach to Discrete Optimization, June 2000. 

Gallien, Jérémie  Optimization-Based Auctions and Stochastic Assembly Replenishment Policies for Industrial Procurement, June 2000. 

Hollywood, John S.  Performance Evaluation and Optimization Models for Processing Networks with Queue-Dependent Production Quantities, June 2000. 

Hsu, Leon C.  The Bottleneck Phenomenon in Scheduling of Transportation Systems, February 2000. 

Taylor, Jonathan D.  Essays on the Empirical Properties of Stock and Mutual Fund Returns, June 2000.

Croxton, Keely L.,  Modeling and Solving Network Flow Problems with Piecewise Linear Costs, with Applications in Supply Chain Management, September 1999. 

Epelman, Marina,  Complexity, Condition Numbers and Conic Linear Systems, June 1999.    

Hall, William,  Efficient Capacity Allocation in a Collaborative Air Transportation System, June 1999.   

Nemec, Joseph,  Diffusion and Decompostition Approximations of Stochastic Models of Muolticlass Processing Networks, February 1999.   

Popescu, Ioana,  Application of Optimization in Probability, finance and Revenue Management, June 1999.   

Sethuraman, Jayachandran,  Scheduling Multiclass Queueing Networks and Job Shops using Fluid and Semidefinite Relaxation, September 1999. 

Sokol, Joel,  Optimizing Paint Blocking in an Automobile Assembly Line: An Application of Specialized TSP1s, June 1999.

Chryssikou, Efthalia,  Multiperiod Portfolio Optimization in the Presence of Transaction Costs, June 1998.   

D'Amato, Rebecca,  Management of Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV Infection: Modeling When to Change Therapy, June 1998.    

Epstein, Rafael,  Linear Programming and Capacitated Network Loading, February 1998.   

Gamarnik, David,  Stability and Performance of Multiclass Queueing Networks, February 1998. 

Hauksson, Arni,  The Commercialization of University Research Discoveries: Are University Technology Transfer Offices Stimulating the Process? February 1998. 

Kniker, Timothy,  Itinerary-Based Airline Fleet Assignment, June 1998.

Osuna, Edgar,  Support Vector Machines: Training and Applications, June 1998.   

Ruark, John,  Implementing Reusable Solvers: An Object-Oriented Framework for Operations Research Algorithms, June 1998.     

Toktay, Latife Beril,  Analysis of a Production-Inventory System under a Stationary Demand Process and Forecast Updates, June 1998. 

Wang, Yi,  Modeling and Solving Single and Multiple Facility Network Restoration Problems, June 1998.

Christodouleas, James,  Solution Methods for Multiprocessor Network Scheduling Problems, with Application to Railroad Operations" June 1997. 

Nunez Araya, Manuel A.,  Condition Numbers and Properties of Central Trajectories in Convex Programming, September 1997.    

Patterson, Sarah Stock,  Dynamic Flow Management Problems in Air Transportation, June 1997.

Aggarwal, Charu C.,  Faster Algorithms for Some Network Flow Problems, June 1996.   

Bonvik, Asbjoern M.,  Performance Analysis of Manufacturing Systems Under Hybrid Control Policies, June 1996. 

Fang, Yue,  Volatility Modeling and Estimation of High-Frequency Data with Gaussian Noise, June, 1996.   

Markowitz, David M.,  A Unified Approach to Single Machine Scheduling: Heavy Traffic Analysis of Dynamic Cyclic Policies, June 1996.   

Pinker, Edieal J.,  Models of Flexible Workforce Management in Uncertain Environments, June 1996.    

Miller, Michael G.,  Optimal Allocation of Resources to Clinical Trials, September 1996.  

Rimm-Kaufman, Alan P.,  Risk Mitigation Models for a Japanese Railroad," June 1996.   

Teo, Chung-Piaw,  Constructing Approximation Algorithms Via Linear Programming Relaxations: Primal Dual and Randomized Rounding Techniques, September 1996.  

Zenios, Stefanos A.,  Health Care Applications of Optimal Control Theory, June 1996.

Burman, Mitchell H.,  New Results in Flow Line Analysis, June 1995.   

Chi, Zhihang,  Airline Yield Management in a Dynamic Network Environment, February 1995. 

Luo, Xiao-Dong,  Continuous Linear Programming: Theory, Algorithms and Applications, September 1995.     

Malone, Kerry M.,  Dynamic Queueing Systems: Behavior and Approximations for Individual Queues and for Networks, June 1995.   

Milner, Joseph,  Dynamic Slot Allocation with Airline Participation, June 1995. 

Mourtzinou, Georgia,  An Axiomatic Approach to Queueing Systems, June 1995.   

Nino-Mora, Jose,  Optimal Resource Allocation in a Dynamic and Stochastic Environment: A Mathematical Programming Approach, June 1995.   

Raghavan, S.,  Formulations and Algorithms for Network Design Problems with Connectivity Requirements, February 1995.   

Ricard, Michael J.,  Optimization of Queueing Networks: An Optimal Control Approach, June 1995.     

Rubio, Rodrigo,  Dynamic-Stochastic Vehicle Routing and Inventory Problem, September 1995.   

Shumsky, Robert A.,  Dynamic Statistical Models for the Prediction of Aircraft Take-off Times, September 1995.   

Theodosopoulos, Theodore V.,  Stochastic Models for Global Optimization, June 1995.

Huang, Yen-Chin,  Empirical Distribution Function Statistics, Speed of Convergence, and p-Variation, June 1994.  

Ingolfsson, Armann,  Earthquake Forecasts: The Life-Saving Potential of Last-Minute Warnings, September 1994.   

Klaassen, Pieter ,  Stochastic Programming Models for Interest-Rate Risk Management," June 1994. 

Ramakrishnan, V.S.,  On Cuts and Clutters, September 1994.   

Staats, Richard C.,   Integration of Predictive Routing Information with Dynamic Traffic Signal Control, September 1994.

Mondschein, Susana V.,  Optimal Sales Strategies in Stochastic, Dynamic Environments, June 1993.   

Srivatsan, Narayanan,  Synthesis of Optimal Policies for Stochastic Manufacturing Systems, September 1993.

Athaide, Christopher,  Capacity Allocation and Safety Stocks in Manufacturing Systems, February 1992.   

Chevalier, Philippe,  Two Topics in Multistage Manufacturing Systems, June 1992. 

Gopalan, Ramasubramanian,  Exploiting Process Flexibility in Metal Forming Operations, September 1992.   

Hall, Susan A.,  New Directions in Queue Inference for Management Implementation, June 1992. 

Kodialam, Muralidharan,  The O-D Shortest Path Problem and Connectivity Problems on Periodic Graphs, February 1992. 

Pappu, Suguna,  Production Planning with Due-Date Constraints, June 1992.   

Polychronopoulos, George,  Stochastic and Dynamic Shortest Distance Problems, June 1992.   

Veatch, Michael H.,  Queueing Control Problems for Production/Inventory Systems, September 1992.   

Vranas, Peter B.,  The Multi-Airport Ground-Holding Problem in Air Traffic Control, June 1992. 

Abe, Makoto,  A Marketing Mix Model Developed From Single Source Data: A Semiparametric Approach, September 1991.     

Bai, Sherman X. , Scheduling Manufacturing Systems with Work-in-Process Inventory Control, September 1991. 

Ballman, Karla V.,  Cost-Effectiveness of Smart Traffic Signals, June 1991. 

Gau, Shiow-Hwa,  Server Management in Queueing System, February 1991. 

Ou, Jihong,  Dynamic Scheduling of Queueing Networks, September 1991.     

Richetta, Octavio,  Ground Holding Strategies for Air Traffic Control Under Uncertainty, June 1991.     

Talluri, Kalyan T.,  Issues in the Design and Analysis of Survivable Networks, September 1991.   

Van Ryzin, Garrett,  Stochastic and Dynamic Vehicle Routing in Euclidean Service Regions, June 1991.     

Venkatakrishnan, C.S.,  Analysis and Optimization of Terminal Area Air Traffic Control Operations, February 1991.

Caulkins, Jonathan P.,  The Distribution and Consumption of Illicit Drugs: Some Mathematical Models and Their Policy Implications, June 1990. 

Goemans, Michel X.,  Analysis of Linear Programming Relaxations for a Class Connectivity Problems, September 1990. 

Nakazato, Daisuke,  Transient Distributional Results in Queues with Applications to Queueing Networks, September 1990. 

Tan, Kok-Choon,  Newton's Method for Parametric Center Problems, June 1990. 

Zhang, Hongtao,  Cyclic Scheduling in a Stochastic Environment, June 1990.

Eckstein, Jonathan -  Splitting Methods for Monotone Operators With Applications to Parallel Optimization, September 1989

Hall, Leslie A. -  Two Topics in Discrete Optimization: Polyhedral Structure of Capacitated Trees and Approximation Algorithms for Scheduling, September 1989

Luo, Zhi-Quan (Tom) - Communication Complexity of Some Problems in Distributed Computation, September 1989

Webb, Ian R. -  Period and Phase of Customer Replenishment: A New Approach to Inventory / Routing Problem, June 1989

Abraham, Magid M. -  Retailer Forward Buying of Consumer Goods, June 1988

Bertsimas, Dimitris J. -  Probabilistic Combinatorial Optimization Problems, September 1988

Boyd, E. Andrew -  Optimization Problems on Greedoids, February 1988

Thompson, Paul M. -  Local Search Algorithms for Vehicle Routing and Other Combinatorial Problems, June 1988

Wagner, Janet M. -  Stochastic Programming and Recourse Applied to Groundwater Quality Management, June 1988

Gordon, Ethel-Sherry -  New Problems in Queues: Social Injustice and Server Production Management, June 1987

Marujo, Ernesto -  Dynamic Allocation of Machines to Product Families in the Presence of Setup Delays, September 1987

Qiu, Yuping -  Sensitivity Analysis for Variational Inequalities, June 1987

Chapman, Paul T. -  Decision Models for Multistage Production Planning, February 1986

Cox, Jr., Louis A. -  Mathematical Foundations of Risk Measurement, June 1986

Hiller, Randall -  Stochastic Programming Approximation Methods with Applications to Multistage Production Planning, September 1986

Leung, Janny M. Y. -  Polyhedral Structure of Capacitated Fixed Charge Problems and A Problem in Delivery Route Planning, February 1986

MacDonald, Bruce -  A Generalized Model for the Prediction of Controller Intervention Rates in the En Route Air Traffic Control System, September 1986

Schaack, Christian -  Cutoff Priority Queues: A Methodology for Police Patrol Dispatching, February 1986

Tseng, Paul -  Relaxation Methods for Monotopic Programming Problems, June 1986

Yee, James R. -  Distributed Routing and Flow Control Algorithms for Communications Networks, February 1986

Bienstock, Daniel -  Large-Scale Reliability, September 1985

Haimovich, Mordecai -  Large Scale Geometric Location Problems, February 1985

Hammond, Janice H. -  Solving Asymmetric Variational Inequality Problems and Systems of Equations with Generalized Nonlinear Programming Algorithms, February 1985

Lo Faso, Anthony J. -  On the Optimal Allocation of Prison Space, February 1985

Lamar, Bruce W. -  Network Design Algorithms with Applications to Freight Transportation, September 1985

Minkoff, Alan S. -  Real-Time Dispatching of Delivery Vehicles, September 1985

Vande Vate, John H. -  The Linear Matroid Parity Problem, February 1985

Batta, Rajan -  Facility Location in the Presence of Congestion, September 1984

Kaplan, Edward H. -  Managing the Demand for Public Housing, June 1984

Luque, Fernando Javier Rodilla -  Nonlinear Proximal Point Algorithms, June 1984

Matsuo, Hirofumi -  The Capacitated Lot Size Problems, June 1984

Bier, Vicki M. -  A Measure of Uncertainty Importance for Components in Fault Trees, February 1983

Constantopoulos, Panagiotis C. -  Computer-Assisted Control of Electricity Usage By Consumers, June 1983

D'Aversa, Joseph Salvatore -  Numerical Methods for Group Theoretic Integer Programming, June 1983

Huang, Kuan-Tsae -  Query Optimization in Distributed Databases, February 1983

Chandru, Vijaya -  Complexity of the Super-Group Approach to Integer Programming, September 1982

Chiu, Samuel S. -  Location Problems in the Presence of Queuing, February 1982

Kalish, Shlomo -  Control Variables in Models of Innovation Diffusion, June 1982

Sarkar, Debashish -  Energy Economics and Optimization: A Synthesis, February 1982

Roth, Emily J. -  An Investigation of the Transient Behavior of Stationary Queuing Systems, June 1981

Valor-Sabatier, Josep -  Diagnostic Analysis of Inventory Systems, June 1981

Sadiq, Ghazala -  Facility Location Problems in Spaces with Discontinuities in the Travel Medium, June 1981

Sempolinski, Dorothy -  Inverse Optimization Applied to Fixed Charge Models, February 1981

Yanasse, Horacio H. -  Aggregation and Computational Complexity of Lot Size Problems, September 1981

Livne, Zvi A. -  The Role of Time in Negotiations, September 1979.

Berman, Oded -  Dynamic Positioning of Mobile Servers on Networks, February 1978.

Modiano, Eduardo M. -  Normative Models for Optimal Seismic Design, June 1978.

Pariente, Silvia -  Mathematical Programming Approaches to Modeling Technological Change, with Applications to the Energy Sector, June 1978.

Shepardson, Wilfred B. -  A Lagrangean Relaxation Algorithm for the Two Duty Period Scheduling Problem, June 1978.

Bloom, Jeremy A. -  A Mathematical Model of Fuel Distribution in New England, September 1978.

Eriksen, Steven E. -  Policy Oriented Multi-Equation Models of U.S. Domestic Air Passenger Markets, September 1977.

Bitran, Gabriel R. -  Admissible Points and Vector Optimization: A Unified Approach, February 1975.

Cretin, Shan A. -  A Model of the Risk of Death from Myocardial Infarction, February 1975.

Mirchandani, Pitu B. -  Analysis of Stochastic Networks in Emergency Service Systems, February 1975.

Hauser, John R. -  A Normative Methodology for Predicting Consumer Response to Design Decisions: Issues, Models, Theory and Use, June 1975.

Boyle, Brian Edward -  Computer-Aided Therapeutic Diagnosis, June, 1974.

Handler, Gabriel Y. -  Minimax Network Location: Theory and Algorithms, September, 1974

Bell, David -  The Resolution of Duality Gaps in Discrete Optimization, September 1973.

Mehta, Cyrus -  Multi period Adaptive Control of the Wellhead Price of Natural Gas: A Bayesian Decision Theoretic Approach, September 1973.

Rousseau, Jean-Marc -  A Cutting Plane Method for the Fixed Cost Problem, September 1973.

Oliver, Robert M. -  The Design and Error Analysis of a Production and Inventory Control System, June, 1957.

Little, John D.C. -  Use of Storage Water in a Hydroelectric System, February 1955.

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Jiang, Qingxuan  Choice Modeling and Assortment Optimization on the Transformer Model, February 2024

Robin, Arnaud  Robust Inventory Induction under Demand Uncertainty, February 2024

Angevine, Kathryn  Multi-Modal Transit Time Prediction for E-Commerce Fulfillment Optimization and Carbon Emissions Reduction, June 2023

Benbaki, Riade  Topics in Sparsity and Compression: From High dimensional statistics to Overparametrized Neural Networks, June 2023

Luciano Rivera , Gianpaolo Data-driven Clustering for New Garment Forecasting, June 2023

Ramé, Martin  Branch-and-Price for Prescriptive Contagion Analytics, June 2023

Reubenstein, Rebecca  Equitable Community Health Worker Deployment in sub-Saharan Africa: A Modeling Framework for Stochastic Health Progression, June 2023

Siegel, Benjamin M.  Innovative Supply Chain Cyber Risk Analytics: Unsupervised Clustering and Reinforcement Learning Approaches, June 2023

Blanks, Lindsey  Operational Scheduling of Deep Space Radars for Resident Space Object Surveillance, May 2022

Groszman, Kenny  Sequential Optimization for Prospective Patient Segmentation and Content Targeting, May 2022

Guinet, Gauthier Marc Benoit  Bandit Problems under Censored Feedback​, September 2022

Humphries, Samuel S.  Analytics for Sustainable Logistics: Fuel Efficiency and Hydrogen Planning, May 2022

Niu, Yumeng  Optimal Targeting under Gender Fairness, May 2022

Slavov, Stanislav  Causal Inference: Heterogeneous Effects and Non-stationary Environments, May 2022

Wyler, Paige  Developing a Decision-Making Framework for Carbon: Incorporating Carbon into Optimized Business Objectives, May 2022

Escribe, Célia  Reducing Physician Burnout and Costs in Outpatient Healthcare Settings via Advanced Analytics, June 2021.

Georgescu, Andreea  Inventory Positioning in Modern Retail, February 2021.

Halem, Zachery M.  Financing Fusion Energy, June 2021.

Kaw, Neal  Preventing Opioid Overdose: From Prediction to Operationalization, June 2021.

Kendall, Thomas P.  Optimizing Weapon Precision, June 2021.

Killian, Daniel T.  Operational Innovations to Improve Malawi's HIV Sample Transportation Network, June 2021.

Koch, Matthew  Air Force Crew Scheduling: An Integer Optimization Approach, June 2021.

Yuan, Matthew  An EM algorithm for Lidar deconvolution, June 2021.

Burnham, Katherine Lee  Information Fusion for an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle through Probabilistic Prediction and Optimal Matching, June 2020.

Dan, Or  Improving Prior Knowledge Assessment in Process Characterization, June 2020.

Dimaki, Georgia  Dynamic Node Clustering in Hierarchical Optical Data Center Network Architectures, September 2020.

Emschwiller, Matt V.  Understanding Neural Network Sample Complexity and Interpretable Convergence-guaranteed Deep Learning with Polynomial Regression, June 2020.

Graham, Justin W.  School Choice: A Discrete Optimization Approach, June 2020.

Liu, Jessamyn  Anomaly Detection Methods for Detecting Cyber Attacks in Industrial Control Systems, September 2020.

Lukin, Galit  Prescriptive Methods for Adaptive Learning, June 2020.

McIntyre, Colin Alex  Optimizing Inbound Freight Mode Decisions, June 2020.

Poullet, Julie  Leveraging Machine Learning to Solve the Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows, June 2020.

Blanks, Zachary D . A Generalized Hierarchical Approach for Data Labeling, June 2019.

Guenon des Mesnards, Nicolas  Identifying and Assessing Coordinated Influence Campaigns on Social Networks, June 2019.

Thomas, Merin  Intelligent Supplies Replenishment Process, June 2019.

Zhang, Rebecca  Interpretable Machine Learning Methods for Stroke Prediction, September 2019.

Zhu, Jessica H.  Detecting Food Safety Risks and Human Trafficking Using Interpretable Machine Learning Methods, June 2019.

Dedieu, Antoine  Sparse learning: Statistical and Optimization perspectives, June 2018.

Furtado, Jazmin D.  Applications of Healthcare Analytics in Reducing Hospitalization Days, June 2018.

Herrling, Austin Donald  Optimization of Micro-Coaxial Wire Routing in Complex Microelectronic Systems, June 2018.

Xu, Sharon  Modeling Human Dynamics and Lifestyles using Digital Traces, June 2018.

Vanden Berg, Andrew M.  Optimization-Simulation Framework to Optimize Hospital Bed Allocation in Academic Medical Centers, September 2018.

Anoun, Amine  A Data-Driven Approach to Mitigate Risk in Global Food Supply Chains, June 2017.

Candela Garza, Eduardo  Revenue Optimization for a Hotel Property with Different Market Segments: Demand Prediction, Price Selection and Capacity Allocation, September 2017.

Mariadassou, Shwetha Paramananda  Relative Performance Transparency: Effects on Sustainable Purchase and Consumption Behavior, June 2017.

Morse, Steven T.  Persistent Cascades and the Structure of Influence in a Communication Network, June 2017.

Scully, Timothy  Redesigning Liver Allocation Regions through Optimization, June 2017.

Webb, Matthew Robert  Inferring User Location from Time Series of Social Media Activity, June 2017.

Lee, Peter Alexander  Think Global, Act Local When Estimating a Sparse Precision Matrix, June 2016.

Mundell, Lee Carter  Predicting Performance Using Galvanic Skin Response, June 2016.

Rajagopalan, Krishnan  Interacting with Users in Social Networks: The Follow-back Problem, June 2016.

Saroufim, Carl Elie  Internet of Things and Anomaly Detection for the Iron Ore Mining Industry, June 2016.

Saunders, Zachary Clayton  Multi-target Tracking via Mixed Integer Optimization, June 2016.

Borjian Boroujeni, Setareh  Optimization of Yard Operations in Maritime Container Terminals, June 2015.

Hanley, Zebulon James  Delay Characterization and Prediction in Major U.S. Airline Networks, June 2015.

Harris, William Ray  Anomaly Detection Methods for Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Performance Data, June 2015.

Lepird, John R.  Multi-Objective Optimization of Next-Generation Aircraft Collision Avoidance Software, June 2015.

Rhee, Donguk  Faster Fully Polynomial Approximation Schemes for Knapsack Problems, June 2015.

Rizzo, Ludovica  Price Incentives for Online Retailers using Social Media Data, June 2015.

Rossillon, Kevin Joseph  Optimized Air Asset Scheduling Within a Joint Aerospace Operations Center (JAOC), June 2015.

Schonfeld, Daniel  Dynamic Prediction of Terminal-Area Severe Convective Weather Penetration, June 2015.

Sheth, Mallory  Predicting Mortality for Patients in Critical Care: a Univariate Flagging Approach, June 2015.

Testa, Mariapaola  Modeling and Design of Material Recovery Facilities: Genetic Algorithm Approach, June 2015.

Epstein, Christina  An Analytics Approach to Hypertension Treatment, June 2014.

Fast, Shannon M.  Pandemic Panic: A Network-based Approach to Predicting Social Response During a Disease Outbreak, June 2014.

Jernigan, Nicholas R.  Multi-modal, Multi-period, Multi-commodity Transportation: Models and Algorithms, June 2014.

Kim, Louis Y.  Estimating Network Structure and Propagation Dynamics for an Infectious Disease: Towards Eective Vaccine Allocation, June 2014.

Paynter, Jonathan L.  Optimized Border Interdiction, June 2014.

Sahyoun, Alexandre Paul  Application of Aircraft Sequencing to Minimize Departure Delays at a Busy Airport, June 2014.

Williams, Mark J  Column Generation Approaches to the Military Airlift Scheduling Problem, June 2014.

Bunting, Zachary S.  Improving Performance through Topology Management and Wireless Scheduling in Military Multi-hop Radio Networks, June 2013.

Culver, David M.    Robust Reconnaissance Asset Planning Under Uncertainty, June 2013.

Frost, Emily Anne   Robust Planning for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles, June 2013.

Kessler, John M   United States Air Force Fighter Jet Maintenance Models: Eectiveness of Index Policies, June 2013.

Lepage, Pierre-Olivier  Performance of Multiple Cabin Optimization Methods in Airline Revenue Management, June 2013.

Relyea, Stephen L.   An Analytics Approach to Designing Clinical Trials for Cancer, June 2013.

Robinson, Eric John  Coordinated Planning of Air and Space Assets: An Optimization and Learning Based Approach, June 2013.

Bradwick, Matthew E.    Belief Propagation Analysis in Two-Player Games for Peer-Influence Social Networks, June 2012.

Crimmel, Brian A.    A Priori and On-line Route Optimization for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles, June 2012.

Evans, Jane A.    Modeling Social Response to the Spread of an Infectious Disease, June 2012.

Parandehgheibi, Marzieh  Survivable Paths in Multilayer Networks, June 2012.

Wang, Hai   Approximating the Performance of a Last Mile Transportation System, June 2012.

Cates, Jacob Roy    Route Optimization Under Uncertainty for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles, June 2011.

Cho, Philip Y.    Optimal Scheduling of Fighter Aircraft Maintenance, June 2011.

Howard, Nicholas J.    Finding Optimal Strategies for Influencing Social Networks in Two Player Games, June 2011.

Boyer, Christopher A.    Statistical Methods for Forecasting and Estimating Passenger Willingness-to-Pay in Airline Revenue Management, June 2010.

Chaiwanon, Wongsakornt    Capacity Planning and Admission Control Policies for Intensive Care Units, September 2010.

Chiraphadhanakul, Virot    Routing and Scheduling Models for Robust Allocation of Slack, June 2010.

Diwan, Sarvee    Performance of Dynamic Programming Methods in Airline Revenue Management, June 2010.

Frumin, Michael S    Automatic Data for Applied Railway Management: Passenger Demand, Service Quality Measurement, and Tactical Planning on the London Overground Network, June 2010.

Gupta, Shubham    Transient Analysis of D(t)/M(t)/1 Queuing System with Applications to Computing Airport Delays, June 2010.

Herold, Thomas Michael    Asynchronous, Distributed Optimization for the Coordinated Planning of Air and Space Assets, June 2010.

Hung, Benjamin W. K.    Optimization-Based Selection of Influential Agents in a Rural Afghan Social Network, June 2010.

Rajagopalan, Shreevatsa   Distributed Averaging in Dynamic Networks, September 2010.

Seidel, Scott B.    Planning Combat Outposts to Maximize Population Security, June 2010.

Shenk, Kimberly N.    Patterns of Heart Attacks, June 2010.

Snyder, Ashley M.    Data Mining and Visualization: Real Time Predictions and Pattern Discovery in Hospital Emergency Rooms and Immigration Data, June 2010.

Vaze, Vikrant    Calibration of Dynamic Traffic Assignment Models with Point-to-Point Traffic Surveillance, June 2010.

Yang, Lang    Modeling Preferences for Innovative Modes and Services: A Case Study in Lisbon, June 2010.

Marks, Christopher E.  - Optimization-Based Routing and Scheduling of IED-Detection Assets in Contemporary Military Operations, June 2009.

Negron, Blair Ellen Leake  - Operational Planning for Multiple Heterogeneous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Three Dimensions, June 2009.

Sasanuma, Katsunobu  - Policies for Parking Pricing Derived from a Queueing Perspective, September 2009.

Soldner, Mallory Jo  - Passenger-Centric Ground Holding: Including Connections in Ground Delay Program Decisions, June 2009.

Flietstra, Bryan C.  - A Data Mining Approach for Acoustic Diagnosis of Cardiopulmonary Disease, June 2008.

Foreman, John William  - Optimized Supply Routing at Dell Under Non-Stationary Demand, June 2008.

Gaudet, Megan  - Harmonization of Aviation User Charges in the North Atlantic Airspace, June 2008.

Guo, Jingqiang Charles  - Estimation of Sell-up Potential in Airline Revenue Management Systems, June 2008.

Le Guen, Thibault  - Data-driven pricing, September 2008.

Limpaitoon, Tanachai  - Real-time Multi-Period Truckload Routing Problems, February 2008.

Murphy, Maurice D.  - Tropical Cyclone Preparedness and Response: Opportunities for Operations Research, June 2008.

Noyes, Clay W.  - Analysis and Optimization of the Emergency Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center via Simulation, June 2008.

Quinteros, Martin  - Managing Portfolios of Products and Securities, September 2008.

Siow, Christopher  - Analysis of Batching Strategies for Multi-Item, February 2008.

Ye, Yunqing  - Joint Pricing and Inventory Decision for Competitive Products, February 2008.

Bryant, Corban Harrell  - Robust Planning for Effects-Based Operations, June 2006.

Guo, Kenrick  - Examining Financial Puzzles From An Evolutionary Perspective, February 2006.

Hanowsky, Michael  - A Tool to Support the Planning of Ground Delay Programs Subject to Uncertain Arrival Capacities, June 2006.

McAllister, Daniel B.  - Planning with Imperfect Information: Interceptor Assignment, June 2006.

Sakamoto, Philemon  - UAV Mission Planning Under Uncertainty, June 2006.

Shah, Premal  - No-arbitrage Bounds on American Put Options with Single Maturity, June 2006.

Zhou, Xinfeng  - Application of Robust Statistics to Asset Allocation Models, June 2006.

Chandler, Lincoln J . - A Decision Analytic Approach to Web-Based Clinician Training, February 2005.

Hickman, Randal E.  - Interception Algorithm for Autonomous Vehicles with Imperfect Information, June 2005.

Malasky, Jeremy S.  - Human Machine Collaborative Decision Making in a Complex Optimization System, June 2005.

Mostagir, Mohamed - Fully Polynomial Time Approximation Schemes for Sequential Decision Problems, September 2005.

Tardy, Raphaël  - Optimization Models and Algorithms for Large-Scale, Capacity Constrained Pick-up and Delivery Problems with Time WIndows, June 2005.

Weber,Theophane  - Conditional Dynamics of Non-Markovian, Infinite-Server Queues, June 2005.

Wroten, Matthew C.  -Coordinated Dynamic Planning for Air and Space Operations, June 2005.

Yamanaka, Shiro  -The Impact of Infrastructure-Related Taxes and Fees on Airline Fares in the US and the European Union, June 2005.

Agbokou, Biova  - Robust Airline Schedule Planning: Review and Development of Optimization Approaches, June 2004.

Alighanbari, Mehdi  - Task Assignment Algorithms for Teams of UAVs in Dynamic Environments, June 2004.

Jeffreys, Christopher G.  - Support Vector Machine and Parametric Wavelet-Based Texture Classification of Stem Cell Images, June 2004.

Key, Jonathan Ramsay  - Routing in Probabilistic Networks, June 2004.

Koepke, Corbin G.  - Multi-Mission Optimized Re-Planning in Air Mobility Command's Channel Route Execution, June 2004.

Sarmadi, Sepehr  - Minimizing Airline Passenger Delay through Integrated Flight Scheduling and Aircraft Routing, June 2004.

Tanizar, Ketty  - Alternatives to the Gradient in Optimal Transfer Line Buffer Allocation, September 2004.

Timmers, Kendell M.  - Learning Together Better: The Structured Design of Learning Teams, June 2004.

Varol, Nebibe  - Inventory Deployment and Market Area Segmentation in a Two-Echelon Distribution Network Design, June 2004.

Ergun, Ayla  Optimal Scheduling of Radiotheraphy and Angiogenic Inhibitors, February 2003.

Seyhan, Murat  Private Risk and an Example From the Pharmaceutical Industry, February 2003.

El Alj, Yasmine  Estimating the True Extent of Air Traffic Delays, June 2003.

Mao, Ye  A Profit Maximization Model in a Two-Echelon Supply Chain Management: Distribution and Pricing Strategies, June 2003.

Phomma, Maxime  Product Development Collaboration Between Original Equipment Manufacturers and After Market Suppliers, June 2003.

Xu, Ping  Approximate Expected Delay for a Nonstationary Queue and an Application to Air Traffic Control, June 2003.

Zarybnisky, Eric J.  Allocation of Air Resources Against an Intelligent Adversary, June 2003.

Yee, Michael  Solving Network Equilibrium Problems in Static and Dynamic Environments, September 2003.

Amonlirdviman, Kevin   The Dynamics of Global Financial Crises, June 2002. 

Bart, Yakov Y.  Determinants and Consequences of Trust in Online Environment, September 2002.

Kang, Seong-Cheol  Algorithms for Routing Problems in Stochastic Time-Dependent Networks,  June 2002. 

Nielsen, Christopher A.  Large-Scale Network Design using Composite Variables:An Application to Air Mobility Command's 30-day Channel Route Network, June 2002. 

Schorr, Raphael Avram  On the Explanatory Value of Condition Numbers for Convex Optimization: Theoretical Issues and Computational Experience, September 2002. 

Shioda, Romy  Restaurant Revenue Management, June 2002.

Achy-Brou, Aristide C.E.  A New Approach to Multistage Serial Inventory Systems, February 2001. 

Barth, Christopher   Composite Mission Variable Formulation For Real-Time Mission Planning, June, 2001. 

Chandra, Anurag  Algorithms for Locomotive Scheduling, February 2001. 

Clark, Steven J.  Large-Scale Optimization Planning Methods for Distribution and Transportation. Logistics: An Application to Contingency Munitions, June, 2001. 

Duran Murrieta, Rodolfo  Effects of Supply Chain Strategy in Distribution Networks, February 2001. 

Idris, Husni Rifat  Queuing Dynamics and Control of Departure Operations at Boston Logan Airport, February 2001. 

Jang, Young Jae   Multiple Part Type Decompostion Method in Manufacturing Processing Line, June, 2001. 

Moffitt II, Jeffrey D.  Applying the Metrics Thermostat to Naval Acquisitions for Improving the Total Ownership Cost-Effectiveness of News Sytems, June, 2001. 

Theatte, Kermit  Tactical Shipping and Scheduling at Polaroid with Dual Lead Times, June, 2001. 

Toubia, Olivier  Interior-Point Methods Applied to Internet Conjoint Analysis, February 2001. 

Werner,Loren M.  Analysis and Design of Closed Loop Manufacturing Systems, September, 2001.

Andersson, Kari    Potential Benefits of Information Sharing During the Arrival Process at Hub Airports, June 2000. 

Cohen, Jonathan E. W.  Safety at What Price?: Setting Anti-terrorist Policies for Checked Luggage on US Domestic Aircraft, June 2000. 

Coumeri, Marc H.   Dynamic Pricing in a Competitive Environment: A Learning Approach September 2000. 

Gzouli, Omar  Comparison of Scheduling Policies by Simulation, June 2000. 

Kachani, Soulaymane  Analytical Dynamic Traffic Flow Models: Formulation, Analysis and Solution Algorithms, February 2000. 

McKeever, Scott D.  Path Planning for an Autonomous Vehicle, June 2000. 

Messmacher, Eduardo B.  Models for Project Management, June 2000. 

Muharremoglu, Alp  The Aircraft Sequencing Problem with Arrivals and Departures, February 2000. 

Sursock, Jean-Paul  The Cross Section of Expected Stock Returns Revisited, June 2000.

Bratu, Stephane  Network Value Concept in Airline Revenue Management, February 1999.   Lee, Pei Ting  Dynamic Programming Model for Mortgage Refinancing Problem with Stochastic Interest Rates, June 1999. 

Lohatepanont, Manoj  Incremental Airline Schedule Design, February 1999. 

Marandon, Eric  The Hermite Black-Scholes Formula: Relating Option Prices to Moments of the Underlying Asset, June 1999. 

Taneja, Hemant  A Tactical Planning Model for a Semiconductor Wafer Fabrication Facility, June 1999. 

Tziligakis, Constantine N. Relaxation and Exact Algorithms for Solving Mixed Integer-Quadratic Optimization, September 1999. 

Wike, Carl E.  Supply Chain Optimization: Formulations and Algorithms, February 1999.

Al-kibsi, Gassan Ahmed  Optimal Product Assortment for Consumer Packaged Goods Retailers, June 1998. 

Cervantes, Jose A.  Effective Modeling of Throughput in Semiconductor Assembly Processes, February 1998. 

Chew, Elaine  Multiperiod Portfolio Optimization: Feynman Diagrams and Approximate Dynamic Programming, June 1998. 

Coop, Andrew E.  Contingency Munitions Logistics Planning and Control: A Framework for Analysis, June 1998. 

Kassab, Hisham I.  Scheduling in Packet Radio Networks, June 1998. 

Krishnan, Niranjan  Design of Large Scale Transportation Service Networks with Consolidation: Models, Algorithms and Applications, February 1998. 

Lauprette, Geoffrey J.  Some Aspects of the Optimal Grouping of Stocks, February 1998. 

Liu, Wenyun  Winning the Competitive Edge in the DRAM Market: A System Dynamics Analysis, February 1998. 

Ouyang, Li  An On-line Shopping Study, June 1998. 

Rifkin, Ryan M.  The Single Airport Static Stochastic Ground Holding Problem, June 1998.

  Shanbhag, Vinayak V.  Optimal Control Systems in Response to Diverse Electricty Pricing Structures, February 1998. 

Tan, Too-Ping  Extensions of the Minimum Cut Problem and Their Applications in Airfield Cutting, February 1998.

Bowman, Jeremy M.  Analysis and Optimization of a Biotechnology Service Operation, June 1997. 

Clarke, Michael Dudley Delano  An Introduction to the Airline Recovery Problem, June 1997. 

Guastalla, Guglielmo  An Advanced Algorithm for Air Traffic Flow Management, June 1997. 

Liao, Te-San  Modeling and Cost Analysis of Global Logistics and Manufacturing System, June 1997. 

Nemec, Joseph Edward  A Quantity Scheduling Language for Manufacturing Systems, June 1997. 

O'Dell, Susan W.  Optimal Control Strategies for a Rail Transit Line, June 1997. 

Sheel, Minakshi  Probabilistic Analysis of Ground-Holding Strategies, February 1997.

Chopra, Sameer  Efficient Scenario Evaluations Using the Nested Logit Model, June 1996. 

Choy, Brenda P-T.  Analyzing Total Distance in Vehicle Routing Problems, June 1996.

D'Amato, Rebecca M.  Allocating Housing Resources for a Psychiatric Program, June 1996.

Escobar Fernandez de la Vega, Marcos  Systematic Procedure to Meet Specific Input/Output Constraints in the l1-optimal Control Problem Design, June 1996. 

Ma, Chien  Models and Algorithms for a Stochastic One Machine Sequencing Problem, June 1996. 

Sylla, Abdoul K.  Portfolio Optimization Using Non-Gaussian Return Distributions, June 1996. 

Wang, I-Lin  Implementing the Premultiplier Method for Minimum-Cost Flow Problem, February 1996. 

Willems, Sean P.  Strategic Safety Stock Placement in Integrated Production/Distribution Systems, June 1996. 

Young, Janice M.  Decoding of a Markov Process with Imperfect State Information, June 1996.

Al-Othman, Abdulwahab N.  Analysis of Vaidya's Volumetric Cutting Plane Algorithm, September 1995. 

Armacost, Andrew P.  Modeling Railroad Terminal Operations: Supporting Real-Time Network Planning and Control, June 1995. 

Chiu, Kenneth  Generalized Gaussian Covariance Analysis in Multi-Market Risk Assessment, February 1995. 

Chu, Michael Yi Xin  Combining Heuristics and Integer Programming for Optimizing Job Shop Scheduling Models, February 1995. 

Fournier, Renaud R.  Analyzing Scanner Data for Manufacturing Planning, June 1995. 

Giancola, Augusto Rafael Some Tools for Event Frequency Decomposition and Heterogeneous Transfer Line Analysis, June 1995. 

Kostiner, Barry J.  Spatial Market Equilibrium for Resistive Electric Networks, February 1995. 

Lakshmi, Viswanathan  Genetic Algorithms for Uncapacitated Network Design, February 1995. 

Lee, Fung-Man  Studies in Time Series Analysis and Forecasting of Energy Data ,June 1995. 

Merrill, N'Gai  A Multi-Period General Equilibrium Model of Long-Term Environmental Policy Using Overlapping Generations, June 1995. 

Mori, Yutaka  Demand for Interactive Television, February 1995. 

Reiss, Stan  Message Routing in Level 1 of the Wide-Band All-Optical Network ,June 1995. 

Ying, Yee-Chien Calvin  How Can Improved Weather Forecasting Accuracy Reduce Air Traffic Delays?, September 1995.

Ahn, Sungsu  Construction and Implementation of Real-Time Scheduling Algorithms in a Computer Aided Fabrication Environment, February 1994. 

Ansari, Mohsinuddin  A Queueing Analysis of a Buffered Block-Selective S-ARQ Protocol, June 1994. 

Brodsky, Valery  Optimization Methods for Topological Design of Interconnected Ring Networks, February 1994. 

Chu, Qin  A Dynamic and Stochastic Model for Distribution of Empty Containers, June 1994.

Chu, Ronald W.Y.  Finding a Cycle with Maximum Profit-to-Time Ration - An Application to Optimum Deployment of Containerships, June 1994. 

Datta, Sougata  CEPH Fingerprints and Their Analysis, June 1994. 

Fang, Yue  A Sequential Approach for Estimating Two-factor Interactions, June 1994.

  Gopalakrishnan, Srimathy  Optimization Models for Production Planning in Metal Sheet Manufacturing, February 1994. 

Hauksson, Arni G.  Management of the Marketing Mix, Using Models Based on Household Level Data, February 1994. 

Hocker, Guy A.  Airport Demand and Capacity Modeling for Flow Management Analysis, February 1994. 

Humair, Salal  An Approach to Solving Constraint Satisfaction Problems Using Asynchronous Teams of Autonomous Agents, September 1994. 

Kaufman, Alan  Data and Algorithms for Genomic Physical Mapping, September 1994. 

Kuo, Yu-Ting  Some Estimates of the Value of Software, June 1994. 

Maragos, Spyridon A.  Revenue Management for Ocean Carriers: Optimal Capacity Allocation with Multiple Nested Freight Rate Classes, June 1994. 

Murti, Kamala P.  Static and Dynamic Scheduling in a Two Station Mixed Queuing Network, June 1994. 

Stamatopoulos, Miltiadis A.  A Factory Representation as a Design Tool in a Computer Integrated Manufacturing Environment, June 1994. 

Voigtlaender, Christian H.  Intermodal Freight Transportation - An Integrated Analysis of Strategy and Operations, June 1994. 

Zilberman, Yaron  The Asset Allocator, February 1994.

Burman, Mitchell H.  A Real-Time Dispatch Policy for a System Subject to Sequence-Dependent, Random Setup Times, February 1993. 

Duarte, Maria Cristina  Multiple Product Cycle Time Minimization for Serial Placement Machines, September 1993.

Goranson, Jesse  Looking for Trouble: How Well the FAA's Enhanced Traffic Management System Predicts Aircraft Congestion, September 1993. 

Jeancard, Henri-Pierre  Forecasting Capabilities and Model Diagnostics for Auto-Regressive Conditionally Heteroskedastic Time Series, February 1993.

  López-Arteaga, Alfonso J.  The Dynamic Traffic Assignment Problem in Intelligent Vehicle - Highway Systems, February 1993. 

Malone, Kerry M.  Modeling a Network of Queues Under Nonstationary and Stochastic Conditions, February 1993. 

Mueller, Alexander T.  Optimizing Advertisement Selections and Scheduling, February 1993. 

Pinker, Edieal J.  Computational Experience with a New Workforce-Workflow Scheduling Model, February 1993. 

Rajan, Kavitha  Analysis Of Heuristics For The Hierarchical Network Design Problem, June 1993. 

Shumsky, Robert A.  The Response of the U.S. Air Carriers to the DOT's On-Time Disclosure Rule, June 1993. 

Theodosopoulos, Theodore V.  Worst-Case Identification in l1: Algorithms and Complexity, February 1993. 

Thomke, Stefan H.  Multivariate Quality Control of Flexible Manufacturing Processes, February 1993. 

Vanderbeck, Francois  A Decomposition Approach for Parallel Machine Assignment and Setup Minimization in Electronics Assembly, February 1993. 

Vettas, Lt. Peter C.  Cost and Productibility Optimization of Naval Ship Midship Section, June 1993. 

Zaman, Zia  A Scheduling Package Based on the QIE, February 1993.

Connolly, Stephanie  A Real-Time Policy for Performing Setup Changes in a Manufacturing System, June 1992. 

Elsesser, Kim  The Validation of a Simulation Model for the Allocation of Mental Health Services February 1992. 

Hsu, Lina Y.  The Design of an Assembly Line with Stochastic Task Times, June 1992. 

Longtin, Mark  Sequential Screening in Semiconductor Manufacturing: Exploiting Spatial Dependence, June 1992. 

Misra, Dipanwita (Diane)  Compression and Retrieval of Network Routing Solutions, June 1992. 

Park, Jai-Kue  Consumer Choice Modeling in the Presence of Brand Extension, September 1992. 

Ricard, Michael  A Decomposition Approach to Zero-One Integer Programming, February 1992. 

Robinson, Jonathan D.  A Simulation Testbed for Flow Management in Air Traffic Control, September 1992. 

Stanley, Timothy D.  The Economic Status of American Causalities of the Vietnam War, June 1992. 

Vives, Guillaume-Yves  Real-Time Scheduling of an Assembly Stage in a Production Line, February 1992. 

Vyas, Mary Pressley  Specification of Gaussian Process Models for Asset Returns with Asynchronous or Missing Data, June 1992. 

Anderson, Susan M. L.  On Queue Audience: Calculating Reach and Frequency for Supermarket Television, June 1991. 

Baldi, Martha A.   An Analysis of Quality Control Policies on a Two-Station M/M/1 Production System, June 1991. 

Bucciarelli, Mark   Cluster Sampling Methods for Monitoring Route-Level Transit Ridership, September 1991. 

Chen, Meng-Huai   How Much Cash Should A Bank Maintain? - An Optimization Approach, September 1991. 

Chi, Zhihang   An Adaptive Final Approach Spacing Advisory System: Modeling, Analysis and Simulation, June 1991. 

Ingolfsson, Armann   Run by Run Process Control, September 1991. 

Miller, Jennifer A.  Spatial Interpretation and Statistical Modeling of Boston High School Dropouts, June 1991. 

Milner, Joseph M.  The Assembly Sequence Selection Problem: An Application of Simulated Annealing, June 1991. 

Savari, Serap   Source Coding for Channels with Finite-State Letter Costs, September 1991. 

Schenler, Warren  Robustness Under Uncertainty: A Normative Reduction of Multi-Future,  Multi-Attribute Tradeoffs in Electric Utility Planning, February 1991. 

Svrcek, Tom   Modeling Airline Group Passenger Demand for Revenue Optimization, June 1991 

Vranas, Peter B.   Merchant Fleet Size versus External Trade and Other Relevant Variables: A Statistical Investigation, June 1991. 

Yoshimura, Junichi  Improved Service and Maintenance Through Accident Sequence Precursor Risk Analysis, June 1991. 

Abundo, Stephanie F.  An Approach for Estimating Delays at a Busy Airport, June 1990. 

Chervi, Philippe  A Computational Approach to Probabilistic Vehicle Routing Problems, February 1990. 

Generazio, Hoa  Analysis of First-Term Attrition of Non-Prior Service High-Quality U.S. Army Male Recruits, February 1990. 

Horangic, Basil R.  Some Queueing Models of Airport Delays, February 1990. 

Jacobe de Haut de Sigy, Romuald   Loading Control Policy for a Batch Machine, February 1990. 

Kierszenbaum, Michael   The Impact of Inspection Delays on Quality Contro,l June 1990. 

Kurebayashi, Atsushi  Comparison of Flow Shop Sequencing Models and Methods, June 1990. 

Lemire, Linda Jill   Due-Date Setting and Pricing in a M/M/1 First-Come First-Served Queue, June 1990. 

Ramakrishnan, V. S.  A LaGrange Multiplier Method for Solving Multi-Objective Linear Programs, September 1990. 

Vieira, Luiz F. M.  Computational Tests of Interior Point Algorithms for Linear Programming, June 1990.

Alston, Andrew  - An Integrated System for Tracking of Landmarks on Video Data: TOMAS the Torsional Ocular Movement Analysis System, June 1989

Amblard, Guillaume P. -  Rationale for the Use of Subassemblies in Production Systems: A Comparative Look at Sequential and Arborescent Systems, June 1989

Ballman, Karla V. -  Screening U.S. Donated Blood for HIV, February 1989

Bespolka, Carl G. -  A Framework for Multiple Attribute Evaluation in Electric Utility Planning, June 1989

Caulkins, Jonathan -  Inventory And The Strategic Value of Product-Flexible Manufacturing Systems, February 1989

Dickey, Lynn -  Where Should Safety Stock Be Held to Minimize Costs and Maximize Flexibility, June 1989

Fouska, Nikoletta -  Optimal Location of Discretional Service Facilities on a Network, June 1989

Fujiwara, Tsuneo -  Solving the Schedule Transition Problems Using Optimization Techniques, June 1989

Ingco, Divinagracia I. -  Network Design Problems for Improving Facility Locations, June 1989

Lin Carrie -  Analysis of Open Loop Manufacturing Systems, February 1989

Pappu, Suguna -  A Dual-Ascent Algorithm for Finding an Assembly Test Strategy, September 1989

Schreibman, Ruth -  Structural-Equation Modeling of the Sources of Market Pioneer Advantages: an Empirical Analysis of the Consumer Goods Industry, June 1989

Valdivieso, Teresa -  Discrete Choice Analysis of Demand for Optional Telephone Calling Features, February 1989

Venkatakrishnan, C.S. -  Sentencing Changes and Prison Population: The Transient Effects, February 1989

Badekas, Paris -  Mathematical Modeling of En route of ATC Intervention Rates, June 1988

Berger, llana -  Shipping Strategies in Multi modal Networks Exhibiting Economies, June 1988

Loiederman, Eric -  A Planning Tool for Predicting En Route ATC Conflicts and Designing ATC Sectors, September 1988

Louvet-Boutant, Anne-Claire -  The Bounded Rationality Constraint: Experimental and Analytical Results, June 1988

Mihara, Shoichiro -  A Tactical Model for a Job Shop with Unreliable Work Stations and Capacity Constraints, February 1988

Polychronopoulos, George -  Solution of Some Problems in Decentralized Detection by a Large Number of Sensors, June 1988

Sabanogulu Kohen, Jinet  - The Economics of Product Design: A Model and An Application, June 1988

Saias, Isaac I.  - Study of Probabilistic Noise in One Dimensional Images, June 1988

Srinivasan, K.V. (Cheena)  - Effect of Consumer Categorization Behavior on New Product Sales Forecasting, June 1988

Sy-Quia, lll, Gonzalo  - A Study of Production Loading in a Job Shop, September 1988

Aslidis, Anastasios Haralampos -  Management of Technological Change in the Shipbuilding Industry: A Learning Curve Approach, June 1987

Bertsimas, Dimitris -  An Analytic Approach to a General Class of G/G/s Queuing Systems, February, 1987

Chan, Ga-Yin (Leo)  - INGRID: An Interactive Color Graphics Interface for Dispatch of Emergency Vehicles, June 1987

Emami, Kayvan -  An Investigation of Time Dependent Queues with Priorities, September 1987

Emami, Neda -  Analysis of Duality Constructions for Variable Dimension Fixed Point Algorithms, September 1987

Higgins, Mary-Kay -  Airline Safety: A Comparative Analysis, February 1987

Lee, Anthony -  Nested Decomposition Methods for Vehicle Routing and Scheduling, June 1987

Parrish, Scott H. -  Extensions to a Model for Tactical Planning in a job Shop Environment, June 1987

Redfield, Carol Holmes -  Equipment Selection and Task Assignment for Multi product Assembly System Design, February, 1987

Shell, Martin C. -  Decision Horizons in Multi-Stage Optimization Models: An Analysis of Methods for the Minimization of End-of-Horizon Errors, February, 1987

Berman, Douglas  - The Manned Space Station Power System: An Operational Scheduler, September 1986

Calamaro, Jean-Paul -  Implementation of a Multistage Production Planning Systems, February 1986

Cheatham, John -  Analyzing Service Industries with Applied Quantitative Methods, June 1986

Eckstein, Jonathan -  Routing Methods for Twin-Trailer Trucks, June 1986

Huelskamp, Robert M. -  Aiding USAF/UPT Aircrew Scheduling Using Network flow Models, June 1986

Kee, Jacqueline -  Dispatch Strategies for Some Unusual Bulk Service Queues, June 1986

Marge, Charles -  Explaining Optimal Solutions to Assignment and Transportation Problems, June 1986

Newton, Elizabeth A.C. -  A Clustering Method for Group Viral Samples Based on Antibody Binding Activity, June 1986

Parekh, Abhay K.J. -  Minimizing the Number of Clusters in Mobile Packet Radio Networks, February 1986

Schiodtz, Paul G. -  Competitive Price, Position, and Advertising Strategies, June 1986

Wagner, Janet M. -  Reliability of Water Distribution Systems, February 1986

Wan, Deborah -  Locating New Facilities on a Multi activity, Multi-level Network, June 1986

Chapman, Paul T. -  Optimal Production Capacity in a Two Stage Subject to Production Failure, February 1985

Cox, Jr. Louis A. -  Risk Attribution in the Presence of Joint Causes, February, 1985

Hiller, Randall -  Computer-Aided Planning: A Decision Support Concept for the Corporate Planning Domain, June 1985

Ho, Ping -  The Application of the Cross Impact Analysis to Technological Change, September 1985

Lee, I-Jen - Stationary Markovian Queuing Systems: An Approximation for the Transient Expected Queue Length, June 1985

Richetta, Romano -  Color Graphics for Interactive Optimization of the Hypercube Queuing Model, June 1985

Arcila Agudelo, Adriana -  A Model to Provide Transportation Services for the Elderly and Handicapped, June 1984

Chen, Gloria Hiu-Lai -  Information Theoretic Models of Preprocessors and Decision Aids, June 1984

Leong, Poh Leng -  Multi attribute Queuing Theory, June 1984

Singhal, Vijay M. -  Point-to-Point Package Delivery Systems, September 1984

Smith, Brian -  Coordinated Air Defense, June 1984

Brewster, Silvano -  Optimal Regulators Designed for Implementation on Computationally Limited Computers, February 1983

Magonet-Neray, Robin C. -  Optimal Ship Positions for Naval Battle Group Defense Problems, September 1983

Puente-Angulo, Carlos E. -  A Comparison of Linear and Nonlinear Random Field Estimators, June 1983

Roege, William -  Pilot Scheduling in a Fighter Squadron, February 1983

Tsai, Christopher L. -  Procurement Planning for Reusable Inventory Systems, September 1983

Bardenstein, Ruth -  Optimization of Water Resource Projects with Renewable Resources and Multiple Energy Production: The Mediterranean Sea Project to Produce Hydroelectric and Soar Power, June 1982

Josa, Charles - An Heuristic Decision Procedure for a Precedence Constrained Single-Depot Vehicle Routing Problem, February 1982

O'Rourke, Paul F. -  A Physically A Based Model of the Space conditioning Load Under Spot, February, 1982

Richardson, James -  Regulating Automobile Insurance Residual Markets: A Policy for Controlling the Size of the Pool in Selected Risk Classes, June 1982

Schaack, Christian -  Using the Kth Nearest Neighbor Clustering Procedure to Determine the Number of Subpopulations, June 1982

Ser, Shu -  Analysis of Automatic Vehicle Location Systems Operating in Systems, June 1982

Guillamon-Duch, Higinio -  The Economics of Low Temperature, Liquid-Dominated Hydrothermal Resources, February 1981

Morgan, Kelly B. -  The Incorporation of Uncertainty in the Air Pollution Regulation Process, September 1981

Quek, Ser Aik -  Diagnostics for Econometric Models, September 1981

Stabile, Debra -  The Design of Information Structures: Basic Allocation Strategies for Organization, September 1981

Bendixen, Lisa -  Probability Assessment: Issues of Implementation, September 1980

Brown, Richard -  A Method for Sensitivity Analysis of L.P. Decomposition Equilibrium, with Application to the Copper Industry, February 1980

Habib, Frances -  Investigating Convergence of a Capacity Planning Model Using Generalized Bender's Decomposition, September 1980

Hook, Jack -  Market Impacts of Price Regulation in Automobile Insurance, February 1980

Lamar, Bruce W. - Optimal Machine Selection and Task Assignment in An Assembly System Design Problem, September 1980

Oum, Jai Y. - Harmonic Transformations and Gradient Curves, September 1980

Perakis, Anastassions N. -  A New Probabilistic Detection Model for Phase Random Ocean Acoustic Fluctuations and its Comparison with Data, February 1980

Shavel, Ira H. -  A Dynamic Optimization Model for Studying the Transition from Depletable Resources to New Technologies, September 1979

Brandeau, Margaret L. -  Decision Strategies for Interline Subway Control Systems, February 1978

Cozzi, Claudio -  Simple Models for a Single Route Public Transportation System, June 1978

Golush, William G. - Probabilistic Models for Optimal Seismic Design, February 1978

Sadiq, Ghazala -  Multifleet Routing Problems February 1978

Chen, Royee C. -  Nuclear Reactor Rescheduling Study, February 1977

Sultan, Fareena -  A Simulation Model of Population and Agricultural Growth in a Developing Country: A Case Study of Pakistan, June 1977

Tan, Chang-Bin -  Port Capacity Modeling of GERT and Queuing Network Approaches, June 1977

Weilmuenster, David P. -  Performance Characteristics of Signpost Automatic Vehicle Locating Systems, September 1977

Wexler, Jonathan W. -  A Methodology for Configuring Distributed Real-Time microcomputer Systems, with Applications to Inertial Navigational Systems, June 1977

Aashtiani, Hedayat Z. -  Solving Large Scale Network Optimization Problems by the Out-of-Kilter Method, February 1976

Assad, Arjang A. -  Solution Techniques for the Muti-commodity Flow Problems, June 1976

Bloom, Jeremy A. -  A Mathematical Model of Fuel Distribution in New England, February 1976

Dersin, Pierre L. -  Sensitivity Analysis of Optimal Static Traffic Assignments in a Large Freeway Corridor, Using Modern Control Theory, September 1976

Franck, Evelyn A. -  Implementing Closest Vehicle Dispatching Strategy on the Hypercube Model, February 1976

Laurent, Gilles -  A Dynamic Analysis of the Housing Market in Paris, June 1976

Lim, Joseph A. Y. -  The Effects of Socio-Eco-Demographic Factors and Family Planning Programs on Fertility, February 1976

Matsushita, Masaki -  An Application of Benders Decomposition to Steel Production, February 1976

Talafuse, David W. -  Blood Donor Attitudes and Decisions: An Exploratory Analysis, September 1976

Baldini, Vittorio A. -  Operations Research Problem in the Motion Picture Industry, February 1975

Bitran, Gabriel R. -  Duality and Sensitivity Analysis for Fractional Programs, June 1974

Facet, Tomas B. -  Role of Partial Gradient Estimation by Simulation in Water Resource Plan Formulation, February 1975

Johns, Joseph H. -  Intelligent Computer-Aided Dispatching for Urban Police Patrol Units, September 1975

Oswald, Louis J. -  Preemption - A Visible Strategy?, September 1975

Asser, Sylvain E. T. -  An Algorithm to Solve the Nth Shortest Path Problem, February 1974

Bodily, Samuel E. -  The Utilization of Frozen Red Cells in Blood Banking System: A Decision Theoretic Approach, June 1974

Brinati, Marco A. -  Analysis of the Queuing Process at an Offshore Export Terminal for Dry Bulk Cargo, September 1974

Carlton, Dennis W. -  Modeling the Effects of the Housing Allowance Program, September 1974

DeChatillon, Renaud A. -  Energy Use in the Steel Industry, June 1974

Emami, Kayvan -  An Investigation of Time Dependent Queues with Priorities, September 1974

Falk, Patrick G. -  An Optimal Replacement and Maintenance Strategy for Aircraft, June 1974

Finet, Jean-Marc P. L. -  The Calibration of Nonlinear Models, June 1974

Golden, Bruce -  A Minimum-Cost Multicommodity Network Flow Problem Concerning Imports and Exports, February 1974

Grimm, Ernst  -A Study of the Effect of Advertising on Sales, September 1974

Ulrich, Lionel Y. -  Heuristic Algorithms for Solving a Large Scale Multicommodity Flow Problem on a Network with a Step Function Cost, June 1974

Cruz-Bracho, Pedro Elias -  A Preliminary Simulation Model of Factors Affecting the Nutritional and Health Status of Children in Low-Income Families, September 1973

Layrisse, Francisco Jose -  Applications of Control Theory to Socioeconomic Systems, February 1973

Lingley, Gordon Steward -  Analysis of Interoceanic Canal Alternatives: A System Approach to Decision Making, February 1973

Ovi, Alessandro -  Decision Analysis Applied to Nuclear vs. Fossil Alternatives for Electric Energy Production, February 1973

Bell, David Edwin -  A Utility Theory Approach to Preferences for Money Over Time, June 1972

Calvo, Alberto Bruno -  Location of Health Services Facilities: A Mathematical Programming Approach, February 1972

Campbell, Gregory Lewis -  A Spatially Distributed Queuing Model for Police Patrol Sector Design, June 1972

Gelerman, Walter -  Airline Competitive Games and Airport Utilization, June 1972

Haan, Anders Henrik -  A Screening Model for Water Resource Development: Stochastic Considerations, February 1972

Honda, William Fumio -  Probabilistic Comparison of Automobile Insurance Rating Schemes, September 1972

Horgan, Dennis Neville, Jr. -  A Decision Analysis of Sewage Sludge Disposal Alternatives for Boston Harbor, September 1972

Huang, Alexander Kuang Yu -  A Market Response Model for New Consumer Durables, June 1972

Weymuller, Stanislas Bruno -  Duality Theory and Economic Analysis, June 1972

Carlson, William Edwin -  Scheduling Vehicles on Grid Networks of Automated Guideways, June 1971

Crousillat-Velasco, Cesar Oreste -  Design Considerations for Airport Landing Systems, June 1971

Kanal, Prakash Mulchand -  A Mathematical Model for a Cash Collection System, June 1971

Ketchledge, Bruce Arthur -  Optimal Bounded Control of Stochastic Production/Inventory Systems, September 1971

Rosenfield, Donald Barry -  Effects of Refractoriness in Hearing Models, February 1971

Shapiro, Roy David -  Interlaced Scheduling of Transmit-Receive Pulses, February 1971

Ting, Harold Montford -  Aggregation of Attributes for Multi attributed Utility Assessment, June 1971

Howard, Daniel Dale -  Dynamic Location-Allocation Analysis, September 1970

McDonald, Jarl W. -  The Effects of Free Capacity Transportation Networks on the Distribution of Travel Time and Traffic: A Computer Simulation, June 1970

Robinson, William Owen -  Multivariate Probability Assessment, September 1970

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The doctoral program in DMSE provides an advanced educational experience that is versatile, intellectually challenging, and of enduring value for high-level careers in materials science and engineering. It develops students’ ability, confidence, and originality to grasp and solve challenging problems involving materials.

Required Subjects

The core courses define the basis of materials science and engineering as a discipline—what every PhD materials scientist or materials engineer from MIT ought to know. The first-year student seminars and core subjects provide a rigorous, unified foundation for subsequent advanced-level subjects and thesis research. Here are the required subjects:

  • 3.20 (Materials at Equilibrium) (15 units, Year 1, fall)
  • 3.22 (Structure and Mechanics of Materials) (12 units, Year 1, fall)
  • 3.201 (Introduction to DMSE) (3 units, Year 1, fall)
  • 3.21 (Kinetic Processes in Materials) (15 units, Year 1, spring)
  • 3.23 (Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials) (12 units, Year 1, spring)
  • 3.202 (Essential Research Skills) (3 units, Year 1, spring)
  • 3.995 (First-Year Thesis Research) (18 units, Year 1, spring)

English Evaluation Test

International graduate students may be required to take the MIT English Evaluation Test upon arrival in the fall semester. Results from the test will indicate whether the student will be required to take an English class at MIT. Some students may qualify for a waiver of the English Evaluation Test:

  • Students who studied at a US university or an international university whose primary language of instruction is English for at least three years and received a degree from that US/international university.
  • Students whose language of instruction was English during primary and secondary school years.

The DMSE Graduate Academic Office informs incoming students by early summer if they qualify for this waiver.

Electives and Concentrations

Doctoral students must take three post-core graduate electives approved by the thesis committee. Refer to the MIT Subjects Listings and Schedule for the subjects offered and their schedules.

Graduate students can use the three electives to create a specialization or concentration in a particular research area of materials science and engineering, or they can choose a broader educational experience by picking subjects in three different areas.

Sample Concentration Areas

Students who choose a concentration area have several options. Below is a list of sample concentrations available.

  • Electronic, magnetic, and photonic materials
  • High-performance structural materials
  • Computational materials science
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymeric materials
  • Materials for energy and the environment
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Materials processing materials economics and manufacturing, entrepreneurship
  • Laboratory/characterization/instrumentation
  • Materials design
  • Experimental/characterization computational materials application/design

Electives Outside the Department

Students may enroll in one non-DMSE graduate elective that is 9-12 units with the approval of their thesis committee. Students may propose to enroll in two or more non-DMSE graduate electives by submitting a petition to the Departmental Committee on Graduate Studies (DCGS). Submit the petition form in advance of enrolling in the subjects to the DMSE Graduate Academic Office for committee review, including a statement on why you would like to enroll in these subjects, your signature, and your thesis advisor’s signature.

  • Download the Graduate Student Petition (pdf) and complete it.
  • Send the completed petition to [email protected] .

The minor requirement is designed to encourage the development of intellectual breadth at an advanced level. A program of study must be discussed with and approved by a student’s research supervisor, so it should be proposed early in a student’s doctoral program.

DMSE Doctoral Track Students

There are two minor requirement options for DMSE graduate students on the doctoral track.

Academic Minor

Here are some general guidelines regarding an academic minor.

  • The selected subjects may or may not be related to the thesis research area.
  • The subjects taken must be at an advanced level. It is recommended that two graduate-level courses be taken (24 units).
  • Minor programs composed of one graduate level and one advanced undergraduate-level course (24 units), or three advanced undergraduate courses (33 units) that were not used to obtain a bachelors or master’s degree may also be acceptable. An exception is a minor in a beginning Global Languages sequence in which two 9-unit G subjects would most likely be approved.

Teaching Minor

Only DMSE doctoral track students who have passed their doctoral examinations may submit a teaching minor program proposal. Students generally begin a teaching minor in Year 3 of graduate study. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Students must serve as a teaching intern for two semesters. They are designated teaching interns during the semesters in which they are earning academic credit toward the teaching minor requirement.
  • Students must earn 24 units of academic credit for 3.691-3.699 (Teaching Materials Science and Engineering).
  • Students must take 3.69 (Teaching Fellows Seminar) while serving as a teaching intern. The subject is offered each fall semester and provides instruction on how to teach lectures and recitations; how to prepare a syllabus, writing assignments and examinations; grading; and how to resolve complaints.

Students must submit a form outlining the proposed minor program to the DCGS Chair for approval.

  • Attach copies of the catalog descriptions of all subjects included in the program proposal form.
  • List the subjects to be taken to fulfill the minor requirement.
  • Preview the Minor Program Proposal (pdf) and prepare your responses. Then click the button below, add the responses, and submit the proposal via DocuSign.

DMSE Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM) Doctoral Track Students

To complete the minor requirement, PPSM students must do the following:

  • Take 3.20 (Materials at Equilibrium) and 3.21 (Kinetic Processes in Materials).
  • Take one other graduate subject of at least 9 units that is not related to polymeric materials for academic credit.
  • List the subjects to be taken to fulfill the minor requirement and submit the proposal. The written request will need to have the catalogue description of the third subject.
  • Preview the Minor Program Proposal (pdf) and prepare your responses. Then click the button below, add your responses, and send the proposal via DocuSign.

Qualifying Exams

MIT requires that all doctoral students successfully complete written and oral evaluations to qualify as a candidate for the doctoral degree. The DMSE qualifying exams consist of two-step procedure.

Core Curriculum Assessment and First-Year Research Progress

In the first two semesters of the graduate program, doctoral track students enroll in the four core subjects:

  • 3.20 (Materials at Equilibrium)
  • 3.21 (Kinetic Processes in Materials)
  • 3.22 (Structure and Mechanical Properties of Materials)
  • 3.23 (Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials)
  • 3.201 (Introduction to DMSE)
  • 3.202 (Essential Research Skills)

Students must also demonstrate satisfactory performance in research, including the selection of a research group in the fall term and receive a “J” grade in 3.995 (First-Year Thesis Research) in spring term.

First-Year Performance Evaluation

DCGS evaluates first-year performance on a Pass/No Pass basis:

The student has successfully completed the first-year requirements and is eligible to register for step two of the qualifying procedure, the Thesis Area Examination.

The student has not fully completed the first-year requirements and is not eligible to register for the Thesis Area Examination without DCGS approval. In situations in which students complete only some of the requirements, DCGS will consult with the student’s advisor and the instructors of the core classes to develop a remediation plan (for example, retaking a course). If a student’s overall GPA is below 3.5 or the student earns more than one grade of C or lower in the core classes, the student will receive an official academic progress warning letter from the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, in addition to a DCGS remediation plan.

Thesis Area Examination

After completing the core curriculum and review of first-year research progress, students select a research project for their PhD thesis. Selection of this topic is a decision made in agreement with their advisor. The TAE tests the student’s preparedness to conduct PhD research and provides feedback on the chosen PhD thesis project.

  • The TAE consists of a written proposal and an oral presentation of the proposed research to the student’s TAE Committee. The written proposal is due in mid-January before the oral examination.
  • TAE oral examinations are administered during the first two weeks in the spring term of Year 2. The DMSE Graduate Academic Office schedules the TAE oral examination after confirmation of the TAE Committee with DCGS.

Preparation for the TAE requires that a student work through aspects of a successful research proposal, including motivation, context, hypothesis, work plans, methods, expected results, and impact. A working understanding of relevant concepts from materials science and engineering core knowledge should be demonstrated throughout.

TAE Committee

The Thesis Area Examination is administered by a TAE Chair and two committee members.

  • The chair of the committee is appointed by DCGS: a DMSE faculty member whose principal area of research and intellectual pursuits differ from that of the student’s thesis advisor(s).
  • The identities of the other committee members should be discussed between the student and thesis advisor. The student is responsible for contacting these potential committee members and requesting their participating as part of the student’s TAE committee. At least one of the other two faculty examiners must also be DMSE faculty. The third member of the committee may be an MIT DMSE senior research associate, lecturer, or senior lecturer. If the student wants a Thesis Committee member from outside of the department, that member can be on the thesis committee but will not be part of the TAE Committee.
  • The thesis advisor is not formally a member of the TAE Committee but is a non-voting attendee at the TAE who may make comments to the committee and provide information regarding the student and their research and progress following the examination after the student is excused from the examination room.

TAE Committee assignments are finalized by the end of October in the semester after the completion of the first-year requirements.

TAE Performance Evaluation

The TAE Committee evaluates performance on a Pass/Conditional Pass/No Pass basis:

The student has met all requirements to register in the program as a doctoral candidate starting the following term.

Conditional Pass

The student needs to address areas that require further mastery in the written proposal or oral presentation. The TAE Committee will outline an individualized remedial plan. After completing this requirement, the student will be eligible to register as a doctoral candidate.

The student is required to retake the TAE by scheduling another oral presentation and preparing another written proposal, if recommended, by the TAE Committee.

Doctoral Thesis

Doctoral candidates (who have passed the qualifying examinations) must complete a doctoral thesis that satisfies MIT and departmental requirements to receive the doctoral degree. General Institute Requirements are described in the MIT Bulletin and  MIT Graduate Policies and Procedures .

PhD Thesis Committee

The doctoral thesis committee advises the student on all aspects of the thesis experience, all the way up through the preparation and defense of the final thesis document. The student and thesis advisor will hold progress reviews with the thesis committee at least once a year. Written feedback to the student is required and also must be submitted to DCGS. The thesis advisor holds responsibility for assembling this written feedback and sharing it with the DMSE Graduate Academic Office and the student. After the TAE is completed, the final doctoral thesis committee is constituted of the members of the two (non-chair) Thesis Area Examination (TAE) committee members and the student’s advisor.

  • The chair of the oral thesis area examination committee steps down.
  • The final PhD Thesis Committee will have at least two members who are not advisors or co-advisors.
  • At least half the members of the thesis committee must be DMSE faculty.

Petitions for thesis committee changes, including the addition of new committee members or committee members from outside of DMSE must be submitted the DCGS Chair.

  • Download the  Graduate Student Petition (pdf) and complete it.
  • Send the completed petition to  [email protected] .

Year 3 Update Meeting

After successful completion of the TAE, this meeting is held in the fall term or spring term of the student’s third year. The purpose of this meeting is to update the thesis committee of the student’s plans and progress and to seek guidance from the thesis committee on advancing toward the doctoral degree. Students must register for 3.998 (Doctoral Thesis Update Meeting). Starting with the thesis proposal as a point of departure, the student presents the revised vision of the path forward including challenges and obstacles. All members of the thesis committee are expected to be physically present at this meeting. This meeting is exclusive to the student and the thesis committee. The 3.998 Doctoral Thesis Update Meeting DocuSign Form must be sent to the DMSE Graduate Academic Office.

  • Preview the  3.998 Doctoral Thesis Update Meeting Form (pdf) and prepare your responses. Then click the button below, add the responses, and send the form via DocuSign.

Plan-to-Finish Meeting

Approximately one year before the expected graduation, but no later than six months before the planned PhD defense, the student will schedule a Plan-to-Finish meeting with the thesis committee. The purpose of the meeting is for the committee to determine whether the student will likely be ready for graduation within a year. The student will present the projected outline of the thesis, important data that will become part of the thesis, and what still needs to be done.   The student will prepare a written document for the committee that will include the following:

  • Research results
  • Graduation timeline
  • List of papers published or in preparation
  • List of classes the student has taken to satisfy the PhD course requirements

The document must delivered to the committee one week before the presentation. This presentation is exclusive to the student and the thesis committee. At the end of the meeting the committee decides whether the student is likely to proceed toward the PhD defense, or whether another Plan-to-Finish meeting is necessary. The committee will then prepare brief written feedback to the student.

Doctoral Thesis and Oral Defense

DMSE’s long-standing emphasis on original research is a key element in the candidate’s educational development.

  • Scheduling of the final PhD defense can take place no earlier than six months after a successful Plan-to-Finish meeting.
  • The PhD thesis will be delivered to the committee members one month before the defense. 
  • The committee members will respond in two weeks with comments on the written document, giving the student two weeks to modify the thesis.
  • At least one week before the defense the candidate will provide copies of the final thesis document to Thesis Committee members and to the DMSE Graduate Academic Office along with the confirmed date, time, and room for the defense.

Defense Process

The DMSE Graduate Academic Office will publicize the defense.

  • The defense begins with a formal presentation of the thesis of approximately 45 minutes.
  • The floor is then opened to questions from the general audience, which is then excused.
  • The Thesis Committee continues the examination of the candidate in private.
  • The candidate is finally excused from the room and the committee votes.
  • A majority yes vote is required to approve the thesis.

Doctoral Thesis Examination Report Form

Before the thesis defense, the student must prepare the Doctoral Thesis Examination Report Form, filling out the top portion of the form–term, name and email address, dates of Plan-to-Finish Meeting, Thesis Defense, and Thesis Examination Committee Member names. The student must then route the form to the committee. It is the committee’s responsibility to communicate to the candidate the thesis result—whether the thesis is satisfactory or unsatisfactory—record the result on the Doctoral Thesis Examination Report Form, and submit the form to DMSE Graduate Academic Office. In the event of a vote not to pass, the Thesis Committee will make recommendations as to needed changes to render the thesis satisfactory. The revised thesis will then be submitted for a second final defense. Preview the  Doctoral Thesis Examination Report Form (pdf) and prepare your responses. Then click the button below, add the responses, and send the form via DocuSign.

Scheduling a presentation in May and August may be difficult because of faculty unavailability and availability of presentation rooms. Faculty are not on academic appointments in the summer and are often on travel. This may lead to the need to reschedule your defense, in some cases into the next term. 

Thesis Format

The usual thesis format, a cohesive document, is traditional. Occasionally, the thesis may separate naturally into two or more sections, which are more directly publishable individually.

  • The thesis should include a general introduction, abstract, and conclusions.
  • The sections should be arranged so that the document reads as a whole.
  • Put detailed descriptions of procedures and tables of data in appendices so that the thesis sections may be comparable in length and scope to journal articles

Use of this alternate format does not imply a change in the requirement for original research, in the student/thesis advisor relationship, or in their respective roles in producing the thesis document, all of which still apply.

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The following information is provided to assist Chemistry graduate students as they prepare their theses. If graduate students have any questions that are not answered by this guide, they should email the Chemistry Education Office (questions about department policies) or MIT Libraries (for questions about thesis formatting, etc.)

Degree candidates must fill out the Degree Application via WebSIS at the start of the term. Important dates and deadlines (including late fees) for the upcoming academic year are listed below.  It is strongly advised that degree candidates apply for the degree list even if there is uncertainty about completing the thesis defense and submission by the  deadline, as there are no penalties for being removed from the degree list.

Students must successfully complete the thesis defense before submitting their final, signed thesis.

**Please note that the Specifications for Thesis Preparation were updated in November 2022. Please make sure you use these new guidelines.**

Important Dates & Deadlines

September 2023 degree list.

  • Degree Application Deadline: June 16, 2023 ($50 late fee if submitted after this date, $85 late fee if submitted after July 21, 2023)
  • Thesis Title Deadline:July 21, 2023 ($85 late fee if submitted after this date. If your thesis title is not finalized by this date, please enter your current working title and the final title can be updated later)
  • Thesis Submission Deadline: August 18, 2023
  • Last day of work in the lab: on or before August 31, 2023. If you plan to end your RA appointment earlier than August 31, 2023, please contact Jennifer to review your timeline.
  • Your degree will officially be conferred by MIT on September 20, 2023
  • Information about the MIT Health Plan and graduation will be available online here.

February 2024 Degree List

  • Degree Application Deadline: September 8, 2023 ($50 late fee if submitted after this date, $85 late fee if submitted after December 15, 2022)
  • Thesis Title Deadline: December 15, 2023 ($85 late fee if submitted after this date. If your thesis title is not finalized by this date, please enter your current working title and the final title can be updated later)
  • Thesis Submission Deadline: January 19, 2024
  • Last day of work in the lab: on or before January 15, 2024. If you plan to end your RA appointment earlier than January 15, 2024, please contact Jennifer to review your timeline.
  • Your degree will officially be conferred by MIT on February 21, 2024

May 2024 Degree List

  • Degree Application Deadline: February 9, 2024 ($50 late fee if submitted after this date, $85 late fee if submitted after April 12, 2024)
  • Thesis Title Deadline: April 12, 2024 ($85 late fee if submitted after this date. If your thesis title is not finalized by this date, please enter your current working title and the final title can be updated later)
  • Thesis Submission Deadline: May 10, 2024
  • Last day of work in the lab: on or before May 29, 2024. If you plan to end your RA appointment earlier than May 29, 2024, please contact Jennifer to review your timeline.
  • Your degree will officially be conferred by MIT on May 30, 2024

Scheduling your Thesis Defense

All PhD candidates must have a Thesis Defense. As soon as your defense is finalized, please email the Chemistry Education Office with the date, time, location, and thesis title . Thesis defenses are strongly encouraged to be in-person.  If there are questions or concerns about an in-person defense, please reach out to Jennifer Weisman. When thesis defenses are on campus, we recommend reserving a room once the defense date is finalized, student can reserve department rooms through the online scheduling system or request a classroom via this form .

Degree candidates should provide their advisor with a copy of the thesis at least two weeks before the defense and provide their thesis committee chair and member with a copy at least one week before the defense. However, degree candidates should talk with their advisor, committee chair, and committee member to find out if they need the thesis further in advance or if there are preferred formats. Degree candidates should allow time in between their thesis defense and the submission deadline to make edits and submit the final copies.

Please note that most receiving a PhD degree are required to present a seminar as part of the thesis defense. This seminar is open to the department. The degree candidate is responsible for providing the Chemistry Education Office with information about their thesis defense at least two weeks ahead of time. Following the seminar, the candidate will meet privately with the thesis committee.

Thesis Formatting

The Institute has very specific requirements for thesis preparation, which were updated in November 2022. Specifications for Thesis Preparation is available on the library’s website and should be read very carefully. The MIT Thesis FAQ may answer additional questions and a helpful checklist is also provided. The specifications also include information about copyright and use of previously published material in a thesis . Do  not  rely on any templates or prior theses from your research group – they may not reflect the most current guidelines. We have highlighted some especially important points below.

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Title page & committee signature page.

  • The title page of the first copy will be digitally signed by the author, advisor, and Professor Adam Willard. The title page should contain the title, name of the author, previous degrees, the degree(s) to be awarded at MIT, the date the degree(s) will be conferred (May, September, or February only), copyright notice, and appropriate names and signatures. Degrees are awarded in Chemistry, regardless of your specific research area. Regardless of when you defend or submit your thesis, the date of degree conferral must be May/June, September, or February.
  • As noted above, the title page will be signed by you, your advisor, and Professor Willard. You do not need to have Professor Willard digitally sign the thesis before you submit it, we will arrange to have him sign it. If your advisor has a title (ex., Firmenich Professor of Chemistry) it should also be included under their name. If you are not sure if they have a title, you can consult the Faculty Directory . Professor Willard should have the following listed under his name, on two separate lines: Professor of Chemistry; Graduate Officer
  • Each student should place the appropriate copyright notice on the thesis title page. Copyright notice consists of four elements: the symbol “c” with a circle around it © and/or the word “copyright”; the year of publication (the year in which the degree is to be awarded); the name of the copyright owner; the words “All rights reserved” or your chosen Creative Commons license. All theses should have the following legend statement exactly: The author hereby grants to MIT a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to exercise any and all rights under copyright, including to reproduce, preserve, distribute and publicly display copies of the thesis, or release the thesis under an open-access license. Please carefully review the copyright information to determine the appropriate copyright ownership.
  • The date under Signature of Author should be the date the final thesis is signed and submitted to the department.
  • The title page is always considered to be page 1, and every page must be included in the count regardless of whether a number would be physically printed on a page. We recommend that you do not include the page number on the title page.
  • There is also a signature page that will be digitally signed by your entire thesis committee. Your advisor will digitally sign your thesis twice, on the title page and signature page. The signature page is right after the title page.
  • More details about digital signatures are provided below.

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Final thesis submission, general submission process.

Please carefully review the details below, including the file naming format . There are two steps to the final submissions process:

1. Submit the following documents to the Department of Chemistry:

  • An electronic copy of your thesis in PDF/A-1 format (with no signatures)
  • A PDF of the digitally signed title page and committee signature page (using DocuSign to obtain signatures)

Please send an email to your advisor, Jennifer Weisman, and William McCoy, which includes the 2 PDFs above and the following text:

“Dear Professor/Dr X: Attached is the final version of my thesis. Please use reply-all to this message to indicate your acceptance of my thesis document and your recommendation for certification by my department.”

**Note: if your thesis document is too large to send via email, your email can include a link to access the document via Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.**

2. Submit your thesis information to MIT Libraries here . Choose to opt-in or opt-out of ProQuest license and publication.  Include the same copyright and license information that is on your thesis title page. Note: this does not involve submitting your actual thesis.

Details for Thesis Submission Process

  • After the defense, the student and thesis committee reach agreement on the final thesis document.
  • Students should follow the format specifications as stated in the Specifications for Thesis Preparation . Do not print or physically sign pages.
  • Students will have the thesis signed electronically through DocuSign. This process is described in detail in the section below.
  • The title page is always considered to be page 1, and every page must be included in the count regardless of whether a number is physically printed on a page. The entire thesis (including title page, prefatory material, illustrations, and all text and appendices) must be paginated in one consecutive numbering sequence. Your committee signature page should be page 2. Please see the  Sample Title Page and committee signature page for reference.
  • You will still include the title page and committee signature page in the full thesis PDF, they just won’t have any signatures.
  • The digitally signed title page and committee signature pages should be in one PDF, separate from the thesis document. This avoids a DocuSign tag at the top of each page of the full thesis. Please use the following naming convention: authorLastName-kerb-degree-dept-year-sig.pdf (ex., montgomery-mssimon-phd-chemistry-2021-sig.pdf).
  • Students should save their final thesis document as a PDF using the following file naming convention: authorLastName-kerb-degree-dept-year-thesis .pdf (ex., montgomery-mssimon-phd-chemistry-2021-thesis.pdf).
  • Students should not deposit the PDF of their thesis via the Libraries Library’s voluntary submission portal.
  • Please send an email to your advisor, Jennifer, and William which includes the final thesis document and file with the digitally signed title/committee signature pages with the following text:

Please also complete the MIT Doctoral Student Exit Survey and your Laboratory Safety Clearance Form .

Digital Signatures

Please see here for a full guide (with screenshots) to using DocuSign to obtain digital signatures

Required Signatures:

These should be everyone’s uploaded digital signatures in their own handwriting, not one of the pre-formatted signatures created by DocuSign.

  • Your signature on the thesis title page
  • Your advisor’s signature on both the title page and committee signature page
  • Your thesis committee chair’s and member’s signatures on the committee signature page
  • You do not need to have Adam Willard sign your title page, the Chemistry Education Office will take care of that
  • Full thesis with no signatures (including unsigned title page and thesis committee signature page)
  • Title page and committee signature page with signatures via DocuSign

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Thesis Hold Requests

Details about requesting a thesis hold are available here and the requests are made to different offices based on the type of request. Please note that planned or pending submissions to scholarly journals related to thesis work will not be considered for thesis holds.

Written notification of patent holds and other restrictions must reach the MIT Libraries before the thesis in question is received by the MIT Libraries. Theses will not be available to the public prior to being published by the MIT Libraries. The Libraries may begin publishing theses in DSpace@MIT one month and one week from the last day of classes.

Graduate Student Exit Interviews

In order to best serve the educational, scientific, and social needs of graduate students in the Chemistry Department, it is critically important that Departmental leadership be appropriately informed of issues of importance to graduate students, ideally on an ongoing basis. Graduate student exit interviews provide information that alert the Department to acute issues that affect graduate students and provide data for longitudinal assessments of graduate student experience within the program.Graduate exit interviews are administered to all graduate students departing the Chemistry Department. The exit interview applies equally to graduate students departing with completed degrees (Ph.D. and M.S.) and without degrees.

  • Graduating students will be sent a list of interview questions by the Chemistry Education Office when the student joins the degree list. Instructions about scheduling a time for the in-person or virtual discussion will be included with other informational correspondence from the Chemistry Education Office regarding degree completion. Graduating students will perform their exit interview after the thesis defense so as to avoid making the interview an additional burden.
  • For students departing the program without a degree, the interview questions and instructions for scheduling an in-person discussion will be sent by the Chemistry Education Office at the point in time that a date for termination of their appointment in Chemistry is determined.
  • For the majority of departing students, this interview coincides with the end of the semester, but a rolling schedule of surveys is anticipated.

Postdoctoral/Research Specialist Appointments

If you plan to transition to a postdoctoral/research specialist appointment within the Department of Chemistry at MIT, please contact Jennifer Weisman and  Chemistry HR as soon as possible. Your final signed thesis must be submitted before a postdoc appointment can start. If you are an international student, it is extremely important that you start this process early to allow sufficient timing for visa processing. In addition to talking with Jennifer and HR, please consult with the International Students Office .

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The Ricci Flow on Spin Manifolds

This thesis studies the Ricci flow on manifolds admitting harmonic spinors. It is shown that Perelman's Ricci flow entropy can be expressed in terms of the energy of harmonic spinors in all dimensions, and in four dimensions, in terms of the energy of Seiberg-Witten monopoles. Consequently, Ricci flow is the gradient flow of these energies. The proof relies on a weighted version of the monopole equations, introduced here. Further, a sharp parabolic Hitchin-Thorpe inequality for simply-connected, spin 4-manifolds is proven. From this, it follows that the normalized Ricci flow on any exotic K3 surface must become singular.

Patrik Gerber

Date: Friday, April 26, 2024 | 9:30am | Room: 2-361

Committee: Philippe Rigollet (advisor), Yury Polyanskiy, Martin Wainwright

Likelihood-Free Hypothesis Testing and Applications of the Energy Distance

The first part of this thesis studies the problem of likelihood-free hypothesis testing: given three samples X,Y and Z with sample sizes n,n and m respectively, one must decide whether the distribution of Z is closer to that of X or that of Y. We fully characterize the problem's sample complexity for multiple distribution classes and with high probability. We uncover connections to two-sample, goodness of fit and robust testing, and show the existence of a trade-off of the form mn ~ k/ε^4, where k is an appropriate notion of complexity and ε is the total variation separation between the distributions of X and Y. We demonstrate that the family of "classifier accuracy" tests are not only popular in practice but also provably near-optimal, recovering and simplifying a multitude of classical and recent results. We generalize our problem to allow Z to come from a mixture of the distributions of X and Y, and propose a kernel-based test for its solution. Finally, we verify the existence of a trade-off between m and n on experimental data from particle physics.

In the second part we study applications of the energy distance to minimax statistics. We propose a density estimation routine based on minimizing the generalized energy distance, targeting smooth densities and Gaussian mixtures. We interpret our results in terms of half-plane separability over these classes, and derive analogous results for discrete distributions. As a consequence we deduce that any two discrete distributions are well-separated by a half-plane, provided their support is embedded as a packing of a high-dimensional unit ball. We also scrutinize two recent applications of the energy distance in the two-sample testing literature.

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Date: Monday, April 1, 2024 | 3:00pm | Room: 2-361

Committee: Prof. Paul Seidel (thesis advisor), Prof. Pavel Etingof, Prof. Denis Auroux (External, Harvard)

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This thesis investigates and assesses the impact of personalized approaches to music-based mental health and well-being support systems grounded in physiology and/or psychology, through analysis of biometric and self-report data. This work is divided into two streams, with four projects classified into the category of “Music as Expression" and one as "Music as Intervention." The first project explores the impact of music composition and performance on self-reported well-being via a "well-being workshop" where participants reported that the music-based activity was engaging and beneficial. The following three projects explored the relationship between live music performance and well-being through data collection during the world premiers of The Distance Between Us , Breathing Together , and the pilot of the Wellbeing Concerts at Carnegie Hall . The Wellbeing Concerts at Carnegie Hall and The Distance Between Us projects yielded novel methods of audience surveyal, such as the "In-Concert Well-Being and Affect Survey (ICWAS)," that were informed by the exploratory findings from the performance of Breathing Together . The pilot data, while limited, demonstrates the promise of these approaches and calls for further study. While composing The Distance Between Us , I also created and used a method of health-informed notation that is included in this thesis, alongside an archival recording of this piece. Finally, the fifth project, titled "Investigating the Physiological and Psychological Effect of an Interactive Musical Interface for Stress and Anxiety Reduction," assesses the utility of music to reduce the physiological and psychological symptoms of anxiety. Pilot results show a significant reduction in self-reported stress, while self-reported anxiety and biometrics highlight further improvements for future protocols. Together, these five projects serve as first steps towards a nuanced understanding of personalized applications of music-based strategies for mental health and well-being promotion and assessment, highlighting important findings and implications for future research and practice.

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Research and teaching in today’s universities are unrecognizable compared with what they were in the early nineteenth century, when Germany and later France gave the world the modern research doctorate. And yet significant aspects of the process of acquiring and assessing a doctorate have remained remarkably constant. A minimum of three years of independent study mentored by a single individual culminates in the production of the doctoral thesis — often a magisterial, book-length piece of work that is assessed in an oral examination by a few senior academic researchers. In an age in which there is much research-informed innovation in teaching and learning, the assessment of the doctoral thesis represents a curious throwback that is seemingly impervious to meaningful reform.

But reform is needed. Some doctoral candidates perceive the current assessment system to lack transparency, and examiners report concerns of falling standards ( G. Houston A Study of the PhD Examination: Process, Attributes and Outcomes . PhD thesis, Oxford Univ.; 2018 ). Making the qualification more structured would help — and, equally importantly, would bring the assessment of PhD education in line with education across the board. PhD candidates with experience of modern assessment methods will become better researchers, wherever they work. Indeed, most will not be working in universities: the majority of PhD holders find employment outside academia.

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It’s not that PhD training is completely stuck in the nineteenth century. Today’s doctoral candidates can choose from a range of pathways. Professional doctorates, often used in engineering, are jointly supervised by an employer and an academic, and are aimed at solving industry-based problems. Another innovation is PhD by publication, in which, instead of a final thesis on one or more research questions, the criterion for an award is a minimum number of papers published or accepted for publication. In some countries, doctoral students are increasingly being trained in cohorts, with the aim of providing a less isolating experience than that offered by the conventional supervisor–student relationship. PhD candidates are also encouraged to acquire transferable skills — for example, in data analysis, public engagement, project management or business, economics and finance. The value of such training would be even greater if these skills were to be formally assessed alongside a dissertation rather than seen as optional.

And yet, most PhDs are still assessed after the production of a final dissertation, according to a format that, at its core, has not changed for at least half a century, as speakers and delegates noted at an event in London last month on PhD assessment, organized by the Society for Research in Higher Educatio n. Innovations in assessment that are common at other levels of education are struggling to find their way into the conventional doctoral programme.

Take the concept of learning objectives. Intended to aid consistency, fairness and transparency, learning objectives are a summary of what a student is expected to know and how they will be assessed, and are given at the start of a course of study. Part of the ambition is also to help tutors to keep track of their students’ learning and take remedial action before it is too late.

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PhD training is no longer fit for purpose — it needs reform now

Formative assessment is another practice that has yet to find its way into PhD assessment consistently. Here, a tutor evaluates a student’s progress at the mid-point of a course and gives feedback or guidance on what students need to do to improve ahead of their final, or summative, assessment. It is not that these methods are absent from modern PhDs; a conscientious supervisor will not leave candidates to sink or swim until the last day. But at many institutions, such approaches are not required of PhD supervisors.

Part of the difficulty is that PhD training is carried out in research departments by people who do not need to have teaching qualifications or awareness of innovations based on education research. Supervisors shouldn’t just be experts in their field, they should also know how best to convey that subject knowledge — along with knowledge of research methods — to their students.

It is probably not possible for universities to require all doctoral supervisors to have teaching qualifications. But there are smaller changes that can be made. At a minimum, doctoral supervisors should take the time to engage with the research that exists in the field of PhD education, and how it can apply to their interactions with students.

There can be no one-size-fits-all solution to improving how a PhD is assessed, because different subjects often have bespoke needs and practices ( P. Denicolo Qual. Assur. Educ. 11 , 84–91; 2003 ). But supervisors and representatives of individual subject communities must continue to discuss what is most appropriate for their disciplines.

All things considered, there is benefit to adopting a more structured approach to PhD assessment. It is high time that PhD education caught up with changes that are now mainstream at most other levels of education. That must start with a closer partnership between education researchers, PhD supervisors and organizers of doctoral-training programmes in universities. This partnership will benefit everyone — PhD supervisors and doctoral students coming into the research workforce, whether in universities or elsewhere.

Education and training in research has entered many secondary schools, along with undergraduate teaching, which is a good thing. In the spirit of mutual learning, research doctoral supervisors, too, will benefit by going back to school.

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After earning a master’s degree in architecture at MIT and gaining professional experience as a researcher at an environmental nongovernmental organization, Chu decided to pursue a PhD in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. “I discovered that I needed to engage in a deeper way with the most difficult ethical challenges of our time, especially those arising from the fact of climate change,” he explains. “For me, MIT has always represented this wonderful place where people are inherently intellectually curious — it’s a very rewarding community to be part of.”

Chu’s PhD research, guided by his doctoral advisor Delia Wendel , assistant professor of urban studies and international development, focuses on how traditional practices of floodplain agriculture can inform local and global strategies for sustainable food production and distribution in response to climate change. 

Typically located alongside a river or stream, floodplains arise from seasonal flooding patterns that distribute nutrient-rich silt and create connectivity between species. This results in exceptionally high levels of biodiversity and microbial richness, generating the ideal conditions for agriculture. It’s no accident that the first human civilizations were founded on floodplains, including Mesopotamia (named for its location poised between two rivers, the Euphrates and Tigris), the Indus River Civilization, and the cultures of Ancient Egypt based around the Nile. Riverine transportation networks and predictable flooding rhythms provide a framework for trade and cultivation; nonetheless, floodplain communities must learn to live with risk, subject to the sudden disruptions of high waters, drought, and ecological disequilibrium. 

For Chu, the “unstable and ungovernable” status of floodplains makes them fertile ground for thinking about. “I’m drawn to these so-called ‘wet landscapes’ — edge conditions that act as transitional spaces between land and water, between humans and nature, between city and river,” he reflects. “The development of extensively irrigated agricultural sites is typically a collective effort, which raises intriguing questions about how communities establish social organizations that simultaneously negotiate top-down state control and adapt to the uncertainty of nature.”

Chu is in the process of honing the focus of his dissertation and refining his data collection methods, which will include archival research and fieldwork, as well as interviews with floodplain inhabitants to gain an understanding of sociopolitical nuances. Meanwhile, his role as a design fellow gives him the space to address the big questions that fire his imagination. How can we live well on shared land? How can we take responsibility for the lives of future generations? What types of political structures are required to get everyone on board? 

These are just a few of the questions that Chu recently put to his cohort in a presentation. During the weekly seminars for the fellowship, he has the chance to converse with peers and mentors of multiple disciplines — from researchers rethinking the pedagogy of design to entrepreneurs applying design thinking to new business models to architects and engineers developing new habitats to heal our relationship with the natural world. 

“I’ll admit — I’m wary of the human instinct to problem-solve,” says Chu. “When it comes to the material conditions and lived experience of people and planet, there’s a limit to our economic and political reasoning, and to conventional architectural practice. That said, I do believe that the mindset of a designer can open up new ways of thinking. At its core, design is an interdisciplinary practice based on the understanding that a problem can’t be solved from a narrow, singular perspective.” 

The stimulating structure of a MAD Fellowship — free from immediate obligations to publish or produce, fellows learn from one another and engage with visiting speakers via regular seminars and events — has prompted Chu to consider what truly makes for generative conversation in the contexts of academia and the private and public sectors. In his opinion, discussions around climate change often fail to take account of one important voice; an absence he describes as “that silent being, the Earth.”

“You can’t ask the Earth, ‘What does justice mean to you?’ Nature will not respond,” he reflects. To bridge the gap, Chu believes it’s important to combine the study of specific political and social conditions with broader existential questions raised by the environmental humanities. His own research draws upon the perspectives of thinkers including Dipesh Chakrabarty, Donna Haraway, Peter Singer,  Anna Tsing, and Michael Watts, among others. He cites James C. Scott’s lecture “ In Praise of Floods ” as one of his most important influences.

In addition to his instinctive appreciation for theory, Chu’s outlook is grounded by an attention to innovation at the local level. He is currently establishing the parameters of his research, examining case studies of agricultural systems and flood mitigation strategies that have been sustained for centuries. 

“One example is the polder system that is practiced in the Netherlands, China, Bangladesh, and many parts of the world: small, low-lying tracts of land submerged in water and surrounded by dykes and canals,” he explains. “You’ll find a different but comparable strategy in the colder regions of Japan. Crops are protected from the winter winds by constructing a spatial unit with the house at the center; trees behind the house serve as windbreakers and paddy fields for rice are located in front of the house, providing an integrated system of food and livelihood security.”

Chu observes that there is a tendency for international policymakers to overlook local solutions in favor of grander visions and ambitious climate pledges — but he is equally keen not to romanticize vernacular practices. “Realistically, it's always a two-way interaction. Unless you already have a workable local system in place, it’s difficult to implement a solution without top-down support. On the other hand, the large-scale technocratic dreams are empty if ignorant of local traditions and histories.” 

By navigating between the global and the local, the theoretical and the practical, the visionary and the cautionary, Chu has hope in the possibility of gradually finding a way toward long-term solutions that adapt to specific conditions over time. It’s a model of ambition and criticality that Chu sees played out during dialogue at MAD and within his department; at root, he’s aware that the outcome of these conversations depends on the ethical context that shapes them.

“I've been fortunate to have many mentors who have taught me the power of humility; a respect for the finitude, fragility,  and uncertainty of life,” he recalls. “It’s a mindset that’s barely apparent in today’s push for economic growth.” The flip-side of hubristic growth is an assumption that technological ingenuity will be enough to solve the climate crisis, but Chu’s optimism arises from a different source: “When I feel overwhelmed by the weight of the problems we’re facing, I just need to look around me,” he says. “Here on campus — at MAD, in my home department, and increasingly among the new generations of students — there’s a powerful ethos of political sensitivity, ethical compassion, and an attention to clear and critical judgment. That always gives me hope for the planet.”

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The mathematician and computer scientist Richard Hamming once gave a talk about doing great research. “He who works with the door open gets all kinds of interruptions, but he also occasionally gets clues as to what the world is and what might be important,” Hamming said, emphasizing the importance of open-mindedness and scientific development.

William Li came across this quote as a high school student seeking to dedicate himself to research but unsure how to begin. “I think that science is kind of an opaque area to break into. It’s hard to know what you’re supposed to be doing from time to time,” Li explains.

A double-major in physics and computer science, Li has taken this advice to heart. Keeping his “office door” open has led him to a variety of research projects, from neuroimaging to genomics, that shaped his long-term goal: to become a physician-scientist who moves the needle on Alzheimer’s disease.

Li’s interest in working with patients in a clinical setting was spurred by his grandfather, who was a doctor. In high school, he began volunteering in retirement homes and at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute at the University of South Florida. Through this work, Li witnessed the devastating effects Alzheimer’s disease has on both those diagnosed and their loved ones.

But that isn’t the only thing about Alzheimer’s that has grabbed his interest. With no cure available, and relatively little known about its cause, the disease is also a compelling scientific problem. “Beyond its human impact, Alzheimer’s represents a frontier of our understanding of human disease,” Li says.

Starting in the fall, Li will begin an MD/PhD program “for the better part of the coming decade.” Following that, he hopes to secure a residency in radiology or neurology, and then to teach and do research while simultaneously practicing medicine. His ultimate goal is a big one — to help develop a cure for Alzheimer’s.

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Research has been the highlight of Li’s career at MIT. He says, “To me personally, research means being able to contribute to a body of knowledge built upon by generations of minds in the past. I see modern science and technology as a pinnacle of human achievement, and it’s a dream come true to be able to add to this work.”

In a normal week during the academic semester, Li can spend up to 15 hours in the lab. His research projects have addressed very different topics, but both have guided him toward his current goals.

In the Soljačić and Johnson groups in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, Li he has worked in nanophotonics, a field concerned with controlling light by designing structures the size of a wavelength, for optical and X-ray images, among other applications. 

Li has worked on making X-ray imaging safer and more effective for medical screenings. He also focuses on using computational methods to design nanophotonic device elements for higher-resolution imaging. “Imaging technologies in the future will have pretty enormous applications both for understanding disease and for being able to catch diseases early through diagnosis,” he says.

In his sophomore year, Li began working at the lab of Professor Manolis Kellis at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, using computational tools to study genetic variation among Alzheimer’s patients and how this relates to the disease itself. In this way, the disease can be broken down into subtypes, explains Li, which will make it easier to understand and treat. Last summer, Li won a SuperUROP Outstanding Research Award for this project.

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When Li first joined the Kellis lab, the field of genomics seemed vast and overwhelming. To combat this, he started an academic journal club. In the club, Li and his peers would read research papers together and discuss them. In the fashion of a traditional journal club, one person would present at each meeting. Club participants encouraged each other to focus on any research they found exciting, ranging over the past century. As the club has continued, members have started to present their own research to the group as well. “It’s fun seeing what my friends are interested in,” Li says.

Li also served as the collegiate relations co-chair of MIT’s Pre-Medical Society. Here he was responsible for organizing an annual meeting between all pre-med students of the greater Boston area. This mixer was held for pre-med students to other local students and learn from pre-medical advisors and alumni of various Boston schools.

Among the several communities Li is a part of at MIT, his dormitory holds a special place in his heart. Next House, MIT’s largest dorm building, is the place Li has called home since his junior year. Since moving in, he has immersed himself in the living community by assuming roles in several activities hosted by the dorm, such as Thanksgiving dinner.

“I’m very happy to be part of the Next House community. It’s a pretty fantastic place, and I would say that my quality of social life has increased a lot since moving here,” he states.

Along with large events, Li also appreciates the weekly traditions he has created with his Next House friends. Each Sunday, for example, Li joins members of his dorm wing for a 15-minute workout. He says he enjoys exercising in the group setting and frequently attends the gym with his friends, too.

After some downtime on the weekends, Li heads back to the lab and his quest to better understand the brain and how it can be ravaged by dementia. As he continues on his path toward becoming a researcher and physician, he envisions a world where people can age without fear of illness.

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    MIT's DSpace contains more than 58,000 theses completed at MIT dating as far back as the mid 1800's. Theses in this collection have been scanned by the MIT Libraries or submitted in electronic format by thesis authors. Since 2004 all new Masters and Ph.D. theses are scanned and added to this collection after degrees are awarded.

  2. MIT

    MIT Thesis FAQ. Specifications for Thesis Preparation and Submission. Add your thesis to DSpace: Electronic submission information. The largest single repository of graduate dissertations and theses. 3.8 million graduate works, with 1.7 million in full text. Includes work by authors from more than 3,000 graduate schools and universities the ...

  3. Doctoral Theses

    Explore the doctoral theses of MIT students and researchers from various disciplines and fields of study. DSpace@MIT is a digital repository that collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly output of MIT. You can browse by subject, author, date, or keyword, and access full text of many theses online.

  4. PhD Thesis Guide

    For HST PhD students earning degrees through MIT, the thesis committee chair must be an MIT faculty member. A select group of HST program faculty without primary appointments at MIT have been pre-approved by HICAP to chair PhD theses awarded by HST at MIT in cases where the MIT research advisor is an MIT faculty member.**

  5. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    May 2022 Theses Deadlines Friday, February 4, 2022. Registration Deadline: Fall term registration (4.THG) (Pre-registration for spring deadline is January 6, 2022. Degree list: Put yourself on the May degree list by applying for a degree. Friday, April 1, 2022. Register your final thesis title: You must return to the online site of your application and add or make a change to your thesis title ...

  6. MIT Specifications for Thesis Preparation

    Approved November 2022 for use in the 2022-2023 academic year. Updated March 2023 to incorporate changes to MIT Policies and Procedures 13.1.3 Intellectual Property Not Owned by MIT. View this page as an accessible PDF. Table of Contents Thesis Preparation Checklist General information Timeline for submission and publication Submitting your thesis document to your department Bachelor's ...

  7. Curriculum and Thesis

    A PhD thesis normally consists of three research papers of publishable quality. The thesis must be approved by a student's primary and secondary thesis advisors, and by an anonymous third reader. These three faculty members will be the candidate's thesis committee and are responsible for its acceptance. Collaborative work is acceptable and ...

  8. PhD and Masters Theses

    ORC students write original research theses based on their doctoral or master's degree programs in operations research. Browse the listings of theses by year from 1979 to 2023, available on the DSpace@MIT online archive or by request.

  9. Doctoral Degree and Requirements

    Learn how to complete a doctoral thesis that satisfies MIT and departmental requirements for the DMSE doctoral degree. Find out the required subjects, electives, minor, qualifying exams, and thesis format and oral defense.

  10. Thesis Information » MIT Physics

    Please send your documents to [email protected] and the APO staff will forward your thesis submitted to the MIT Library Archives. Thesis defense grade sheets: Before accepting a PhD thesis, the Academic Programs Office must have a signed thesis defense grade sheet from the research supervisor indicating a "Pass" on the thesis defense.

  11. Study Of electronic correlation and superconductivity in twisted

    This doctoral thesis explores the electronic correlation and superconductivity in twisted graphene superlattices, a novel system that exhibits rich and tunable physics. The author uses a combination of analytical and numerical methods to investigate the effects of twist angle, interlayer coupling, and doping on the electronic structure and transport properties of the system. The thesis also ...

  12. Department of Economics

    Robust Two-Step Confidence Sets, and the Trouble with the First Stage F-Statistic . Andrews, Isaiah (2014-09-04) When weak identification is a concern researchers frequently calculate confidence sets in two steps, first assessing the strength of identification and then, on the basis of this initial assessment, deciding whether to use ...

  13. Dissertations

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  14. Graduate Theses

    Browse theses by MIT departments, such as Comparative Media Studies, Computation for Design and Optimization, and Engineering Systems Division. Find theses from various fields of study, such as media arts, real estate development, and additive manufacturing.

  15. PhD Program

    Sample Dissertation Abstracts - These sample Dissertation Abstracts provide examples of the work that our students have chosen to study while in the MIT Sloan PhD Program. We believe that our doctoral program is the heart of MIT Sloan's research community and that it develops some of the best management researchers in the world.

  16. PhD in Political Science

    The MIT PhD in Political Science requires preparation in two of these major fields: American Politics. Comparative Politics. International Relations. Models and Methods. Political Economy. Security Studies. We recommend that you take a broad array of courses across your two major fields. In some cases, a single course may overlap across the ...

  17. MIT Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Computational Science and

    The interdisciplinary doctoral program in Computational Science and Engineering ( CSE PhD + Engineering or Science) at MIT allows enrolled students to specialize at the doctoral level in a computation-related field of their choice through focused coursework and a doctoral thesis. This program is offered through a number of participating ...

  18. DSpace@MIT Home

    March 4, 2024. The Open Access Collection of DSpace@MIT includes scholarly articles by MIT-affiliated authors made available through open access policies at MIT or publisher agreements. Each month we highlight the month's download numbers and a few of the most-downloaded articles in the collection, and we feature stats and comments from a ...

  19. Thesis Preparation

    Thesis Title Deadline:July 21, 2023 ($85 late fee if submitted after this date. If your thesis title is not finalized by this date, please enter your current working title and the final title can be updated later) Thesis Submission Deadline: August 18, 2023. Last day of work in the lab: on or before August 31, 2023.

  20. CSE Theses

    CSE Theses. A listing of CSE PhD and SM thesis titles and authors can be found at DSpace@MIT. Note, SM theses completed before September 2020 will be classified under Computation for Design and Optimization (CDO), CSE's original program name.

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  22. John Urschel's Homepage

    urschel AT mit DOT edu. I am an assistant professor in the MIT Math department. My research is focused on matrix analysis and numerical analysis, with an emphasis on theoretical results and provable guarantees for practical problems. ... , PhD Thesis, MIT, 2021. Regarding Two Conjectures on Clique and Biclique Partitions u, with Dhruv Rohatgi ...

  23. Thesis Defenses

    This thesis studies the Ricci flow on manifolds admitting harmonic spinors. It is shown that Perelman's Ricci flow entropy can be expressed in terms of the energy of harmonic spinors in all dimensions, and in four dimensions, in terms of the energy of Seiberg-Witten monopoles. Consequently, Ricci flow is the gradient flow of these energies.

  24. Pharmamusicology: Exploring the Impact of Music on the ...

    Master's Thesis, MIT Media Lab. Abstract This thesis investigates and assesses the impact of personalized approaches to music-based mental health and well-being support systems grounded in physiology and/or psychology, through analysis of biometric and self-report data.

  25. Bring PhD assessment into the twenty-first century

    PhD thesis, Oxford Univ.; 2018). Making the qualification more structured would help — and, equally importantly, would bring the assessment of PhD education in line with education across the board.

  26. Letting the Earth answer back: Designing better planetary ...

    For Chen Chu MArch '21, the invitation to join the 2023-24 cohort of Morningside Academy for Design Design Fellows has been an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the potential of design as an alternative method of problem-solving.. After earning a master's degree in architecture at MIT and gaining professional experience as a researcher at an environmental nongovernmental organization ...

  27. Professor Caitlin Talmadge: America shouldn't insist on strategic

    Senior Thesis; Double Major; Minor in Political Science; Minor in Public Policy; Minor in Applied International Studies; Concentration; Five-year SB/SM-MISTI; ... Hire an MIT PhD; On Diversity; MIT Political Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology 30 Wadsworth Street E53-470 Cambridge, MA 02142 [email protected]

  28. PhD Intern, Stress Testing Research, Modeling and Analysis

    Share This: Share PhD Intern, Stress Testing Research, ... Ph.D. students the opportunity to collaborate with research economists and policymakers, conduct research towards their dissertation and contribute to the mission of the Board. We offer two six-month opportunities: an internship starting in the summer of 2024 with the Stress Testing ...

  29. Envisioning a time when people age without fear of dementia » MIT Physics

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