Mathematics is an important part of the field of Operations
Research. A mathematicians in this field uses his/her mathematical knowledge to improve the efficiency
of business operations in our communities. By using models, he/she can
represent certain problems which enbables him/her to figure out the optimal, or close to optimal, solution to
the problem with the aid of these models.
A mathematician of this type also depends on his knowledge of computer science, economics,
and engineering skills. An Operations Researcher has joint degrees in these subject matters, so someone
looking to go into this field should make sure to involve these areas into their education.
Some informative descriptions of what the job of a mathematician in the field of Operations
Research entails can be found from the following sources:
Click here for a look at an internet site, provided by the AMS, into the
life of Kathleen Morrish, a program manager for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA).
Look at Fred L. Preston's job description as a Systems Engineer with AT&T Bell Laboratories in 101 Careers in Mathematics. (Page
144.)
Click here for a description, provided by the AMS, of Peder
A. Olsen's daily activities as a research staff member with Human Language Technology (HLT) group
at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center.
Introduction to Operations Research is a textbook
that gives you a wonderful understanding of the field of Operations Research, and it also provides
various real-life examples.
In 101 Careers in Mathematics, you can read about
M. Scott Elliott's job as an Operations Research Analyst at FedEx Corporation. (Page 52.)
Click on this internet site, provided by the AMS, to learn about William J.
Browning's successful career as the president of Applied Mathematics, Inc., a technical
consulting firm. There, he assists in developing custom software for real time decision
systems.