Country of origin: United Kingdom
Principal Operational Research Analyst, UK Ministry of Justice
The degree which Mark studied, MSc Operational Research and Management Science, has changed its name to MSc Business Analytics.
Following my undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE) at Warwick University, I wanted to further my understanding of operational research and prepare myself for a career in analytical consultancy.
The MSc in Operational Research and Management Science at LUMS seemed ideally suited to my needs, offering an excellent balance between studying analytical techniques and developing the consulting skills required to apply the methodologies in the real world. The quality of teaching on the course was excellent throughout, and the variation in learning methods meant that the course was consistently both challenging and rewarding. It was also a great opportunity to meet and work with fellow students from varied backgrounds and from all over the world.
The highlight for me was the project placement, where students perform a consultancy role within an organisation over the summer months. I completed my project at TUI Travel in Luton, creating a simulation tool to determine the optimal method for pricing seats on long-haul flights under various demand scenarios.
The course is also heavily geared towards finding employment for its students, with numerous visits and presentations from potential employers throughout the year. I was lucky enough to receive several job offers, eventually accepting a consulting position at the global defence and security firm QinetiQ.
Here I have already been able to apply many of the skills I acquired to a number of significant national security projects. My roles to this point have included simulation modelling for the Home Office e-Borders project, and supporting configuration management and process improvement for the Chinook Mk3 Reversion programme – an integrated programme involving QinetiQ, Boeing, Augusta Westland and GE in support of the UK Ministry of Defence to prepare Chinook support helicopters for deployment to theatre.