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IEMS 365: Analytics for Social Good

Winter 2022

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What is IEMS?
The Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (IEMS) Department at Northwestern University is an academic department at the intersection of engineering and management. Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, analysis and implementation of any production or service system with the goal of improving its quality and productivity. The system could be a manufacturing plant, a transportation or a distribution network, a financial services company, an airline, a government agency or even a health care delivery organization. IE takes a holistic view of any system and provides methodologies to make its components, e.g., people, materials, processes, information and technology, work better together. Learn more at


But I've never taken an engineering class before...
Well, let this be your first (hopefully of many). This course is designed specifically with the goal of reaching out across Northwestern. To tackle the range of complex problems in today's world, we need a range of expertise, whether this is your first engineering class or your 20th. Come learn more about the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Whole Brain Engineering


Yes, but what about prerequisites...
One course in statistics or 200-level mathematics course; or permission of the instructor. Students must be in their junior or senior year to ensure some breadth/depth of knowledge in their respective disciplines. Want to freshen up on your stats? This free online course from Stanford provides an interesting overview of techniques: There will also be refresher videos available to students developed by IEMS Professor Bruce Ankenman.


How do I register for this class?
In order to ensure broad representation across colleges and departments, students will be asked to fill out a brief application. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 3th at 11:59 PM. Click here to apply. Students will be notified of their selection for the course before Winter Quarter registration begins. Please note that the class is small (40 students) so please apply on time as capacity will be tight.


How will this count towards my degree...
Because Social Good is truly an interdisciplinary topic, we want to bring in students from across Northwestern, and we expect students to contribute expertise from their own background. As a result, we have worked to help students get credit towards their degree. For Weinberg students and other degrees requiring distributions, this course counts in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Area III) distribution. For McCormick students, this course counts as a 300-level engineering course (possibly towards a department technical elective. For IEMS students, this course counts as an IE/OR technical elective (cannot be taken P/N in this case). For other colleges/majors, please contact Professor Smilowitz to discuss how the course may count.