IEMS 365: Analytics for Social Good

Quarter Offered

Winter : TTH 3:30-4:50 (Lab: W 4:00, 5:00) ; Smilowitz


Junior or Senior standing


This course in humanitarian and non-profit logistics will explore the challenges and opportunities of achieving social good in the age of analytics. Students will work on interdisciplinary teams on a series of case studies that range in topic from advanced technology for disaster response and preparedness to improved decision-making frameworks for community-based health care providers. To assist in the understanding of these complex settings, the course will include guest speakers from local and national organizations. This course is designed for juniors and seniors interested in analytics and humanitarian and non-profit logistics from across the university. The course format will be a combination of weekly lectures by the professor and interactive case study team sessions, led by the professor and the teaching assistant.

  • This course is an IE/OR elective for Industrial Engineering.
  • Online application is required for permission to register.  Application link will be available before registration begins.


  • To expose students to pressing issues in humanitarian and non-profit logistics through a series of guest speakers and case studies
  • To develop an understanding of analytics approaches for these problems
  • To engage students in interactive discussions of analytics and humanitarian and non-profit logistics, bringing together a range of perspectives from across campus.


  • Data analytics tools
  • Routing models
  • Evacuation planning
  • Disaster response and preparedness


This course requires a case packet (approx. $10) and purchase of a case study (approx. $5).