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IEMS 365: Analytics for Social Good

Winter 2022

A few thoughts from prior students

"This class taught me real engineering skills in a way no other class has. Working on highly interdisciplinary teams, with substantive data, in collaboration with local organizations, to address issues that directly impact lives in our community encompassed all the reasons I chose to be an engineer. Few classes will help you grow personally and intellectually as much as this one does."

-Julia, Sustainable Systems Design Engineering, IEMS 365 Winter 2020


"IEMS 365 pushed me to take what I had learned in my majors and apply it to real-world problems in a way I hadn't before. Working with students in other disciplines helped me expand my ideas and encouraged me to think about how I could combine my expertise with what others had to share. This class was unlike any other I've taken at Northwestern, and it is undoubtedly one of my favorites. It's a wonderful feeling to go to class each day and know that what you're learning, creating, and problem-solving isn't just an exercise, but will have an actual impact on the real world. There's just so much to love about this class!"

- Katie, WCAS21, Economics and Sociology, IEMS 365 Winter 2020


"Not only was it valuable to work with people whose studies focused on the social good contexts we were analyzing, it was inspiring to know I could use my problem solving skills to do more than save businesses money."

- Heather, IEMS, IEMS 365 Winter 2020


"I am glad that I could take IEMS 365 because it was more than just a normal class; it was a FUN class. I not only learned how intertwined different majors were, but also met amazing people from my team -team MANDY- who were very supportive of each other. Would strongly recommend this class!!!"

-Yerim, Statistics and Legal Studies, IEMS 365 Winter 2019


"It was amazing to see all of the different ways that I could use my technical skills to have a positive impact in our community. I enjoyed the hands-on experience of asking tough questions and finding answers using my teammates' interdisciplinary experiences."

-Rebecca, Computer Science, IEMS 365 Winter 2019


"As an IE, 365 helped me to learn new analytics tools like Tableau and ArcGIS. Also, it was a rare opportunity to work with students from all over campus, which challenged me to be a better team player."

- Tomomi, IEMS, IEMS 365 Winter 2018


"Analytics for Social Good (IEMS 365) taught me the basic skills necessary to work with big data and visualizations. I enjoyed working with students from so many majors, helping incorporate their expertise to shape solutions good for everyone. The class was a challenge but I really liked it and learn a lot."

- Isaac, Biological Sciences, IEMS 365 Winter 2017


"This class provides an incredibly rewarding opportunity for students of all backgrounds to think critically about real-world problems. It changed my perception of what analytics means - it's not just crunching numbers, but looking at comprehensive sets of both quantitative and qualitative data to see the full picture of a business or humanitarian process in order to recommend effective and meaningful change. "

- Jessica, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, IEMS 365 Winter 2017


"365 helped me think about how to make complicated concepts accessible and visual. It taught me the importance of context-specific solutions that are adaptable to real-world practical constraints. I learned a great deal about client communication, presentation skills, and data visualization that I continue to use in my graduate research today."

- Linda, Mathematics, IEMS 365 Spring 2016


"Every Northwestern student has a framework for solving problems. It comes not only from what you've learned in your classes, clubs, and internships, but also from who you are as a person. Your nationality and hometown, your peers and mentors, your hobbies and interests - your life experiences. IEMS 365 gives you a rare opportunity to apply your framework to real world problems affecting prominent organizations like the Red Cross. However, the class also challenges you to collaborate with people who are very different from you and, therefore, have very different ideas from yours."

- Roy, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, IEMS 365 Spring 2016


"IEMS 365 was certainly one of the most interesting classes I took at NU and I loved how people of all backgrounds were able to bring their unique skill sets to solve challenging problems; it was certainly a great glimpse of what the real world looks like!"

- Nikita, Learning and Organizational Change, French Horn Performance, IEMS 365 Spring 2015