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MS&E Research

Dual focus and deep expertise

Management Science & Engineering integrates quantitative modeling and related algorithms with the behavioral sciences to build knowledge, tools, and techniques useful to the world at large.

Research and Ideas

The department’s mission is to advance the design, management, operation, and interaction of technological, economic, and social systems through education and research. Through this mission, we work to advance social good, promote energy sustainability, design economic systems, improve healthcare, create flourishing organizations, improve national security, and more.

The bold research and work by our faculty and students impacts academia, Silicon Valley, and beyond.

MS&E Labs, Centers & Groups, Colloquia and Seminars

From investigating pressing issues in criminal justice to understanding what constitutes a good decision, to engineering how healthcare, supply chain management, and computational algorithms can change the world, Management Science & Engineering’s hands-on labs, centers, and groups demonstrate the powerful impact of our research.

View Colloquia and Seminar Schedules

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MS&E PhD Dissertations Library

Stanford Libraries hosts MS&E PhD theses and dissertations in a digital and searchable format.

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Undergraduate senior projects

As a culmination of the major, MS&E’s senior project course offers students a “learn-by-doing” experience.

Student teams begin by selecting and defining a problem with a sponsoring organization, and then they design, test, analyze, and provide recommendations to the sponsor using their cumulative MS&E education. Finally, students present their engineered solutions for these in-depth, real-world problems.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

As an undergraduate, you can be a part of it through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, which provides opportunities to work on cutting-edge research guided by Stanford faculty. Professors are excited to work with bright, enthusiastic undergraduates.

Research in the news

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A series of class projects help guide life-saving public health policies in India, Peru and Botswana.

Students create computer models to combat COVID-19 on three continents

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A new study shows that while black drivers tend to get pulled over more frequently than white drivers, the disparity lessens at night, when a “veil of darkness” hides their face.

Black drivers are less likely to be stopped by police after sunset

The MS&E Experience | Stories and Voices

Through the lens of our faculty, students and alumni, they share their journey, research and impact.