Review Comment

[IEOR E4111] Operations Consulting

September 04, 2012

Kachani, Soulaymane
[IEOR E4111] Operations Consulting

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Operations Consulting is a different course from the standard IEOR fare - you get put in teams and work on a consulting project (or in our case, two projects) with an external company. The course runs to two semesters. I found the course to be a mixed bag - while I enjoyed working with my teammates, and became good friends with them, Kachani as a professor left much to be desired.

When you start at MS&E, in fact at IEOR, Kachani is often introduced as this superstar professor, McKinsey etc. Trust me, he reintroduces himself many times over during Ops Consulting. Most of his lectures are filled with long monologues about his experience as a consultant, how he always succeeds without never really trying (ask someone about how he got the McKinsey!). Most "discussions" are limited to shooting down all responses, and him coming up with some ridiculous solution to the problem. "What is Harvard?".....(strange looks and confusion)...."It is a hedge fund. Now, you are welcome to disagree with me, but you would be wrong."

Though I found the lectures pure torture, and mostly just tried to stay awake, my team did a good job on both our projects, and I ended up with a not-so-bad grade, middle of the pack among my team. (Grades are based almost entirely on what your teammates grade you). He likes the European students, and clearly shows a preference, so I guess that might have helped me a bit! Phew! Never again.

Workload:

Workload is more in the Spring than Fall, about as much as one course and a half, with some extra mental agony. Grading is fairly easy.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4111: Operations Consulting Soulaymane Kachani 2012 Fall W / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4111: Operations Consulting Soulaymane Kachani 2012 Spring R / 7:00- 9:30 PM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4111: Operations Consulting Soulaymane Kachani 2011 Spring R / 7:00- 9:30 PM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4111: Operations Consulting Soulaymane Kachani 2010 Fall W / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4111: Operations Consulting Soulaymane Kachani 2009 Fall T / 5:40- 8:10 PM 1