I wanted to be a developer, and discovered recently my love for maths, how to get into operations research?
Hi! TL;DR: I am wondering how to get into operations research, considering that I do have an interest in mathematics, but a master's in CS. Any tips welcome!
First, a bit of my background.
I got my master's degree in CS in 2015. I got a job (C++ dev) until July 2015, but then the project I was working on was interrupted. Since then, I started thinking about where I wanted my career to go.
I thought about courses that I liked in Uni, and I figured that my favourite courses where about machine learning (and optimization) and constraint programming. I am also very fond of functional programming too (learning Haskell on my free time).
Quite recently, I discovered that I really love maths and theoretical CS, and I like software development slightly less than before. I considered going into academia, but since my interest in theory is quite recent, I think my profile is not yet a good fit for academia, at least, my applications have all been unsuccessful.
As I said, I am interested in theoretical CS, and I started looking for jobs in software verification first, and I have been quite successful, since I found a job in a small company. However, I want to see on a larger time scale. I think software verification is a really cool field, but it's quite small. Therefore, I thought optimization would be a really cool field. It's more mathematical, and it's applications are very concrete.
My searches on the internet led me to:
- Some subreddits: /sysor, /OperationsResearch, /msor, they do not seem very active though, that's why I am asking here, hoping to reach more people.
- The Association of European Operational Research Societies, but it seems more a place for researchers and academics (conferences, journals, etc.), same for the International Federation of Operation Research Societies.
- I found a couple of fairly big companies (Quintiq in France, Industrial Optimizers, Jeppesen in Sweden), but I'm not sure I would be a good fit, they do not seem to be looking for people, but maybe that I should send a free application anyway?
Considering what I saw, it seems that there are already specific degrees at universities, and that the management and logistics aspect is very important, and these are points where I have little experience with. Since I am a recent graduate, I cannot compensate my lack of skills in management with my experience building systems, what could I do to improve my situation? Are there books I should read? Good online courses I should take?
When it comes to companies, they are usually not known of the general public, and can be a bit hard to find. If you know companies that have offices in Northern Europe (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, maybe Germany and France), I would be very interested.
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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know: 1960's Houston Oilers
Send Lawyers, Oil, and Money
In 1959, Texas oil tycoons Kenneth Stanley Adams, Jr. and Lamar Hunt attempted to jointly purchase the then floundering Chicago Cardinals and move them to Texas. That didn't work. So they went to the
Death Star George Halas' office in Chicago and ask to be granted expansion teams. According to legend, Halas granted them each a team, but was angered by one too many private meetings to discuss the deal. So, in true Texas billionaire fashion, Lamar decided, along with his dear friend "Bud," to say "To hell with y'all" and formed their own league. Bud gets his own team at last, based in the metropolis of Houston. He named this after his favorite black object besides Jaegermeister: Oil.
1960: Started from nothing, now we're champs
The Oilers begin their existence in (for the time) small Jeppesen Stadium, the at the time abandoned home of the Houston Cougars. After being passed over by the LA Chargers, former Rams assistant and Browns iron man lineman Lou Rymkus as head coach. The most notable draftee is Jim Norton, who would go on to
do standup and host a SiriusXM radio talk show be a four time "AFL All Star," the AFL's All Pro/Pro Bowl team, and was the defensive anchor of the two championship teams. Bud assumes the roles of Owner, CEO, and General Manager. The team is in need, as all AFL teams were, of a big, well known name from the NFL to bring people to the stadium and get that sweet dirty TV money. But who?
Enter George Blanda. Blanda had been a 9 year NFL veteran, retiring in 1958 after Palpatine Halas asked him to only serve as a kicker, surrendering his QB duties. Bud offered him a chance to both kick and be the franchise QB/player for the new Oilers. He gladly accepted, determined to make the writers deriding him as an "NFL reject" to eat their own stained words. And that he did.
The Oilers finished 10-4 at the top of the Eastern Division, and went to top the Chargers 24-16 to win the inaugural AFL title and give Lou Rymkus an excuse to say "nanny nanny boo boo." Blanda finishes with a 46% completion percentages, throwing for 2413 yards and 24 TDs.
1961: Throw the conductor from the train
In the AFL draft, the Oilers draft Mike Ditka, who is likewise drafted by the Bears, where he goes for money and fame, and eventually a HOF ring. The Oilers started off slow, going 1-3-1 in the first five weeks. After the fifth week tie with the Patriots, Bud, in his eternal rash decision making, kicked in Lou's door, gave him the double bird, fired him, gave him a Stone Cold Budder, and cracked open some Budweisers over his body. One of Rymkus' assistants, Wally Lemm, was appointed head coach, and the Oilers did not lose another game that season. They again won the AFL championship against the Chargers in a 10-3 victory. It's still the most recent league championship in franchise history.
Blanda led the team to a +271 point differential, the '61 Oilers being the only team in pro football history to score 45 or more points in six games in a single season, all behind Blanda's 3300 yards and 36 touchdowns, with a 51% completion percentage.
1962-63: Your Pop Ivy Team
Entering the '62 season, Wally Lemm resigned to take the job for the Cardinals vacated by Pop Ivy. In turn, Ivy completed an "odd trade," taking the Houston job in an unplanned swap. First round pick Ray Jacobs signs with the team, but is cut before '63. The team does not lose a step, going 11-3 under Ivy on front of increasingly large crowds, culminating in a sold out Jeppesen Stadium AFL championship against Lamar Hunt's Dallas Texans; the two original AFL teams finally facing off for AFL dominance. The Texans beat the Oilers in a thrilling Double OT game, 20-17, thus preventing a three-peat (don't sue me, Phil Jackson).
The next season was unkind, as despite a still exceptional yet aging Blanda and Co., the team went 6-8, finishing third in the division and failing to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Bud once again came into Pop's office: Arrive. Fire. Flip Birds. Leave.
1964: Slingin' Sammy Fuckin' Baugh
Bud hired legendary iron man player Sammy Baugh as head coach, dammit. Sammy went 4-10, unable to prevent this good ol' fashioned Texas sumbitch mudslide. Blanda's yards stayed constant, but his touchdown to yards ratio began to drop, only throwing 17 TDs on 3,287 yards. Sammy lasted one year, being fired by Bud in what had to have been the greatest cussing match man had ever seen to that point. People would have paid money to see that.
1965: New Stadium, New Coach, Same Old Shit
Hugh Taylor was given his only coaching job in football in 1965, when Bud needed a turnaround. To complete the renovation, the team left Jeppesen behind and headed to the 47,000 seat Rice Stadium at said university. That did nothing. The team went 4-10 again, again finishing bottom of the division. Blanda's slide continued, throwing 20 TDs on 2,542 yards.
1966: Welcome Back Wally, Go Away Blanda
Wally Lemm pulled a reversal of his original departure, coming back to Houston from St. Louis. Unfortunately, the return to the old guard actually made things worse. The team actually lost one more game, going 3-11. Bud seemed to realize that perhaps the constant carousel of coaches was bad for the team. So, instead of firing Wally Lemm after one bad year, Bud cut is star QB in Blanda. Blanda had thrown for under 2,000 yards for the only time in his Houston tenure, and at age 40, he was now truly past his prime in the pundits eyes. Blanda would go on to play another nine years in Oakland as a kicker and backup QB, becoming the oldest player to start a game at age 48.
1967: Jacky B- Aaaaannnnddd he's gone
Jacky Lee, a first round choice by the Oilers in the inaugural 1960 AFL draft, returned to start after backing up Blanda for three years, and then leaving for a two year stint in Denver. Jackie played in 4 games for Houston, throwing for less than 400 yards, before being shipped off to Kansas City, MIZZURAH, as Lamar would say. Pete Beathard was the QB swapped for Jacky, and he took the team to a 9-4-1 record, bringing them to the playoffs for the first time in five years. They made it all the way to the AFL conference game, where 53,000 saw them get ground into little petrol paste, 40-7, by the Black and Silver killers. Wally kept his job, making him the longest tenured coach in team history at that point.
1968: In Xana-Hou Did Bud-Kahn An Astrodome Erect
So, the team is on the upswing. Wally Lemm has brought stability to the head coaching position. How can the Oilers get back in the headlines? Be the first team to play in a dome. I am quite aware that Bud didn't build the Astrodome, but I never pass up an opportunity for a Frankie Goes To Hollywood/Colridge reference. But the Astros had been finishing under .500 for the 3 years prior, so the influx of the Oilers, along with the acceptance of the AFL as legitimate and getting TV deals, made the Astrodome somewhat viable. The stadium also became the first to feature artificial turf in a major sports arena in the US. That didn't help much, however. Pete Beathard started more games, but 4 game starter Don Trull put up much better stats, and 3-1 record, compared to 3-4 for Beathard. The team took second in the AFL Eastern Division, barely missing the playoffs at 7-7. This would also be the first year for Hall of Fame Oiler Elvin Bethea, and the last for safety Jim Norton, another Hall of Famer.
1969: Farewell and Adieu to You Fair AFL Ladies...
The last season of the AFL closed out the decade of love just as Helter Skelter took control and the Haight-Ashbury Pot Bubble burst. Wally Lemm remained head coach, as Stone Cold Bud finally calmed down with the firing and the random stunners and whatnot. Pete Beathard was firmly entrenched as the starter, except for 4 games, but was still the statistically superior QB, throwing for 2455 yards, but only 10 TDs and an abysmal 21 INTs. The team was the absolute epitome of mediocrity; going 6-6-2, a perfectly even split. The team still manged to squeak into 2nd place in the division, as well as the playoffs, where they were again stomped by the Raiders, only this time in the Divisional round, 56-7.
Wally Lemm would remain the coach into the team's inaugural NFL season. The team would get close to their intial success in the 80's during the Luv Ya Blue era with Earl Campbell and Dan Pastorini, only to fall not to the Raiders over and over again, but the Steelers. They then blew two sure-shot Super Bowl seasons in the early nineties. The Oilers ceased to exist when a combination of the introduction of the salary cap, Bud's want of a new stadium, a destroyed team, and fan backlash that drove the team to Tennessee, where they again lost two heartbreaking, back to back sure fire Super Bowl seasons, and have languished due to key points of meddling by Bud over the past 15 years. In the end, the greatest success the franchise has had was at the start.
Started from the top, now we here.
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