What I Have Majored And Systems Engineering ( Ise ) For One And A Half Years At Virginia Tech

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I have majored in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) for one and a half years at Virginia Tech. My passion for ISE originated from my undergraduate studies. I achieved GPA 91/100 and ranked 1/66 when I graduated from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), one of China 's top 3 universities offering the Industrial Engineering program.
When I got into NUAA, I entered an Honors Program, which offers students a chance to choose their majors according to academic interests after two years of studying. In my first summer vacation, I volunteered to be a teacher in a school at the far west of Tibet. With houses scattered over a radius of 7 miles and only one school in this area, children have to travel several kilometers through mountains to school. Our team met many problems. For example, how to visit students ' homes in the shortest routes. We did not find a way out at that time. However, I never forgot to find simple and effective solutions. To my great delight, in the Operations Research (OR) course I took after the summer vacation, I found that the Travelling Salesman Problem were so similar to problems we met at Tibet. Got inspired by the algorithms, I designed a project named Application of OR Methods to Education Volunteering. This project used Ant Colony Optimization to optimize home visiting routes covering 8 villages, Hungarian method to appoint 14 teachers to different courses, and Program Evaluation and Review Technique to…

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