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Posted 2.19.14

When recent Weatherhead School of Management graduate Miao (Mia) Chi was in high school back in her home city of Chongqing, China, she read in her local newspaper about plans to construct a shipping port. Once completed, this port was expected to attract new business to her city. Being a curious student, Chi began looking into the coordination and strategies involved in completing a project of this size, setting into motion her interest in logistics, which, years later, she would dedicate her time studying at Weatherhead.  

After graduating with a BA in logistics management from Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chi travelled halfway around the world to Cleveland, Ohio to begin her studies as a student in the Master of Science in Management-Operations Research and Supply Chain Management (MSM-OR/SC) program. Here, she was introduced to a challenging, yet practical, curriculum. “There was more mathematics than I thought,” says Chi. “But what we learned was good training for the real world and employers are very impressed by that.”

Among the many courses she took, Chi favored her Stochastic modeling class. “It was one of the most difficult courses I took and made me realize my limitations,” recalls Chi. “But I studied hard and eventually succeeded.”

It is this driven nature of MSM-OR/SC students that employers look for in candidates. For Chi, her hard work availed a summer internship after her second semester at Osborn International, a company she came to know through one of the career fairs put on by the Career Management Office. At the conclusion of the internship, Chi completed her final semester of studies and accepted a full time position as an Operations Research Analyst at Osborn.

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