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Presented By: U-M Industrial & Operations Engineering

IOE 101 Career Seminar Series: Ryan Chen, Harvard Law School Student

Anything is possible

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Ryan Chen
While this iconic yell from Kevin Garnett after winning the 2008 NBA Finals isn't necessarily the most insightful idea ever, I think it accurately captures how industrial engineers should feel about how their professional lives can unfold. Certainly, my own career has had a number of thrilling twists and turns - graduate school in engineering, the NBA, law school, helping sue the NCAA to get college athletes paid... there are so many ways to proceed from a Michigan IOE education. I hope my experiences can help embolden someone considering a less traditional path, and if not, at least I think the stories are interesting!

Bio: Ryan graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with bachelor's degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering and Music Performance (Euphonium). He was deeply involved around campus, including stints as president of both Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Pi Mu honor societies and research work with Professors Amy Cohn and Mark Daskin through the Center for Healthcare Engineering & Patient Safety (CHEPS).

After spending a year at MIT (2014-15) as a PhD student in Aeronautics and Astronautics, he transferred to Stanford University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering (2015-17) before leaving Palo Alto for an opportunity to work in basketball analytics for his hometown team, the Orlando Magic. Ryan spent four seasons with the Magic (2017-21), specializing in predictive modeling pertaining to the NBA Draft.

Since the fall of 2021, Ryan has been a JD student at Harvard Law School. He is now in his third and final year. While at Harvard, Ryan is also a graduate manager for the Harvard men's basketball team and a research assistant at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. In the summers, Ryan has worked in basketball analytics and strategy for the Houston Rockets (2022) and in sports litigation for Winston & Strawn LLP (2023).

Through all of these adventures, Ryan has continued to work on music. His main project for the last several years has been Isomer Quartet, a low brass quartet looking to push the boundaries of low brass music. The quartet has performed at several universities and music conferences and released its debut album, New Folder, in the fall of 2021.
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