Become a next generation engineer with the skills to decode and apply insight into the analytics used by today’s top companies. The business world has learned that using “big data” offers a significant competitive advantage. So engineers with these skills are in greater demand than ever before.

Our students discover the principles of:

  • model formulation
  • system dynamics
  • solution methodologies
  • fact analysis
  • and optimal decision making

Are you a current or potential student looking for more information? Please contact Kanton Reynolds | | 919.515.0605


Are you an industry leader, government agency or university and want to partner with ISE on a research project? Contact Julie Swann | | 919.515.6423

Advanced analytics focuses on systems that need human decision-making through mathematical and computer models. Our students and faculty are pushing the boundaries of:

  • linear and nonlinear programming
  • discrete optimization
  • data analysis
  • knowledge extraction
  • intelligent systems
  • fuzzy decision-making
  • and soft computing

We also solve tomorrow’s problems today using applied probability, stochastic modeling, queuing theory and fluid approximations.

Want to see the research projects our students are working on right now? View our Current Ph.D. Student Page. Are you a student and want to join us? Undergraduates contact Kanton Reynolds | | 919.515.0605 and graduates contact Amy Roosje (graduate) | | 919.515.6410


Systems Analysis and Optimization Faculty

Richard Bernhard

Professor Emeritus


Shu-Cherng Fang

University Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor


Xiaolei Fang

Assistant Professor


Yahya Fathi

Professor and Director of the Graduate Program


Julie Ivy



Michael Kay

Associate Professor


Russell King

Foscue Distinguished Professor


Yunan Liu

Associate Professor


Maria Mayorga

Professor of Personalized Medicine


Osman Ozaltin

Assistant Professor of Personalized Medicine


Julie Swann

Department Head


Javad Taheri

Research Associate Professor


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