Operations Research I
This course teaches prescriptive and descriptive modeling techniques that can be used to structure policy problems and evaluate options. It focuses on some commonly used analytic tools and software for optimization and simulation. Additionally, we will discuss two specific types of problems: Markov processes and Queuing Systems. More broadly, the course is also an introduction to problem formulation. By the end of the course, students should be able to structure policy problems, formulate mathematical models that address them, use the tools to solve simple problems, interpret the results, and understand the limitations of these methods.