Program Overview

Past and present ISOM Ph.D. students and faculty at an INFORMS Alumni Dinner
Past and present ISOM Ph.D. students and faculty at an INFORMS Alumni Dinner.

The mission of the ISOM Ph.D. Program is to educate scholars who will make substantial contributions in their field of research. Our aim is to place our graduates in the top tier of research Universities – either these Universities are members of the Association of American Universities, or they are classified as R1 Universities (“Doctoral Universities – Highest research activity”) by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

Focus of the Program

Based on this mission, our primary goal is to train graduate students to make original research contributions in their chosen field and subsequently to place them in academic research environments. The major areas of study within the Department are: Information Systems/Information Technology (IS/IT) and Operations Management (OM).


The achievement of our primary goal of developing research-active doctoral students is best illustrated by the joint publications productivity of faculty and students. You may review the joint publications list, comprised of students who have graduated in the last ten years.


The members of the ISOM faculty are well recognized for their expertise in Information Systems, Management Science/Operations Research, Statistics, and Operations Management. The ISOM Faculty Directory contains detailed information on individual faculty members, their courses and research interests.


Students need three types of support to be successful in a Ph.D. program. The first type of support is structural. Students are provided with a work area, a personal computer, limited teaching responsibilities, and sufficient financial support.

The second type of support is research skill development. Depending upon student interest and background in the area of specialization, each student will be required to complete coursework to demonstrate research skill proficiency in the selected area. To gain experience in the application of these skills, students are expected to work closely with faculty members on research projects throughout the duration of the Program. Every student graduating from our program is expected to co-author several research articles with ISOM faculty members. As noted earlier, our department has a strong emphasis on research productivity.

The third type of support is social. The most important people in a Ph.D. program are your colleagues in the program. Our Ph.D. students are supportive. All students emphasize the collective success of the group. All of our students make a conscientious effort to help students from different cultures acclimatize to life in U.S.

Job Placement

In the last eight years, we have successfully placed our doctoral students at the following domestic and international universities:

  • UNC-Greensboro
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Rutgers
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Virginia
  • Tulane University
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Penn State University
  • California State University at East Bay
  • San Diego State University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Babson College
  • Xi’an Jiatong University
  • National Sun Yat-sen University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • University of Houston at Victoria

Ph.D. Spotlight

Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Atlanta summer intern fellowship program hosted by Georgia Tech, 2016

Data Science Fellowship Delivers Results for Refugees Resettling in Atlanta

The summer intern fellowship program hosted by Georgia Tech recently held its annual student showcase.

DSSG Team at Civic Hacking Event in Chicago, 2015

DSSG Team Finishes 2nd at Civic Hacking Event

The DSSG Team developed TechSpaces, an app for technology startups spaces which won the second place award at Chicago Civic Hack. The team was greeted by DJ Patil, the White House chief data scientist.

Mahdi Moqri
Brent Kitchens

Brent Kitchens and Mahdi Moqri Win Award

Mahdi Moqri and Brent Kitchens won the “Most Promising Research / Advancing Science Award” title for the 2014 Teradata University Network (TNU)’s Student Poster Contest.

Teradata University Network Names Three University Teams the Winners of Inaugural Analytics Contest
Source: PR Newswire

Mahdi Moqri

Mahdi Moqri on Team that Finishes Second

A team consisting of one of our Ph.D. students, Mahdi Moqri, and three other students affiliated with the UF CISE Data Science Research Center finished in second place in the 7-hour Hoggetowne Hack 2014, Gainesville (an Open Data movement hackathon). Their concept was “Safecity,” an Android app that promotes safety by helping identify crime-prone areas of the city. Their second place finish yielded a cash prize of $750. The challenge involved roughly 133 data sets available at Gainesville’s Open Data Portal (a Government 2.0 initiative). There were 13 teams presenting their work with people from various local startups such as Grooveshark, RoomSync, Gainesville HackerHouse, SwampMobile, as well as many others.


Mahdi Moqri
Brent Kitchens

Brent Kitchens and Mahdi Moqri Submissions Awarded

Brent Kitchens and Mahdi Moqri’s submissions to InnoCentive 9933428 – Technology to Enable the Assessment of Student Speaking Performances were awarded $2,000 by the Seeker.