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System Dynamics Lab (SDL)


Masters Program:


If you are interested in masters programs, please keep in mind that:

  • There are both Industrial Engineering and Systems Engineering masters programs in our department. The latter is more geared towards working professionals while the former can be used as a starting point for PhD preparation as well.
  • Very few MSc students receive financial aid, so you should be able to financially support yourself if you are applying for MSc Program.


Details on the program of study and coursework can be found in ISE graduate manual: 
http://www.ise.vt.edu/GraduatePrograms/AdditionalDocuments_AutoIndex.html

If the above information does not address your question you can send Dr. Rahmandad a short E-mail with your specific question.
 





PhD Program:


If you are applying for PhD program, please keep in mind that:

  • In general admission to VT ISE is very competitive and you need excellent GPA and GRE scores and a good fit with our research at SDL to have a chance of admission. Moreover SDL faculty are currently advising several PhD students, therefore capacity wise there is limited availability for new PhD students unless for exceptional applicants.
  • Funding is provided for most full time PhD students. Part time students usually support themselves, which reduces any funding related bottlenecks in the admission process.


If you want to gauge your chances of admission, note that:

  • We can not provide individualized estimation of your chances of success.
  • Admission decisions are competitive and based on merits.
  • Familiarity with dynamic modeling is a plus for those applying for a position at SDL.


If you are interested to learn about available positions in SDL:

  • Interest fit is quite important. Our research at SDL uses dynamic modeling (typically system dynamics and agent based methods) for application to a wide variety of problems, from organizational performance to health care, sustainability, and transportation, among others. Modeling is often pursued in combination with field-work and mixture of different qualitative and quantitative data. Review our research at SDL on this website to decide if the area is a fit for your interests.
  • We determine the number of openings for new PhD students in the Fall-Winter time frame, partly based on faculty advising capacity and partly based on funding availability. We then design a short test with which we gauge the capabilities of potential candidates who are serious enough to take this test, and select our new students from this pool of serious applicants. So if you are interested to apply, please contact Dr. Rahmandad in Fall to be included in this screening process.
  • We typically work with students in the "Management Systems Engineering" option area of the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at Virginia Tech. Therefore it fits best if you apply for this area if you are interested in the SDL research.
  • SDL is located in the Northern Virginia campus of VT. Therefore students joining SDL need to move to the northern Virginia area. They can do so from the beginning or after they finish part of their coursework in Blacksburg (since course offerings are more diverse in Blacksburg). This has two main implications: 1)Northern Virginia is a very pleasant urban setting, you will be 20 min far from Washington DC with all the benefits that come with living next to an international, metropolitan area, e.g. cultural, social, and fun activities. 2) The downside is that the cost of living is a bit higher here, and you have fewer colleagues to work and interact with (however there are two dozens of PhD students currently in the center).


Details on the program of study and coursework can be found in ISE graduate manual:
http://www.ise.vt.edu/GraduatePrograms/AdditionalDocuments_AutoIndex.html

If the above information does not address your question you can send Dr. Rahmandad a short E-mail with your specific question.