April 19, 2004, Vol. 74, No. 13S
Professor Minute: Interview with IEOR professor Candace Yano
What do you
do to forget about engineering and/or work ?
With a joint appointment between IEOR and Haas I naturally spend some of my time thinking about non-engineering things. For example, some of my current research includes elements of marketing decision making. Besides this, there are always housework and gardening chores.
What is your
personal recipe for success?
I dont really have a recipe per se. Im a person who is very internally motivated. So, I work hard because I enjoy what Im doing and I do things just because they are the right things to do, even if nobody notices or rewards me. Fortunately, other people often see value in what gets accomplished.
What can a student
do to get through your hardest class?
In most years, I teach IEOR 150, Production Systems Analysis. What students find most difficult is the case studiescomplex, open-ended problem scenarios that require translating elements of a real situation into a decision model, then analyzing it. I often have to encourage students to visualize what would be happening in the actual manufacturing system and among the people involved in planning and controlling it. Besides developing skills in doing this, it pays to be conscientiousattend class and do the homework.
Why did you
become a professor?
I get bored easily, so I need to be in an intellectually stimulating environment working on interesting research. A university is really the best place to find such an environment. I also like teaching, but I think I found this out after I became a professor.
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