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Applied Optimization’s (AO) work environment allows employees to learn and grow as professionals. Check out the testimonies and videos from current employees about their experiences at AO. 

The Working Environment

“Working at AO has provided me with the opportunity and resources to learn about new topics both inside and outside my field of study. I regularly face tasks that challenge me to expand my understanding of a subject and apply that information to my work. If you are like me and enjoy learning new things, AO is a great place to work.”

-Brandon, Computer Scientist/Mathematician 

“Working at AO has helped me see deeper ways of looking at and thinking about data. Things do not always work here, and you have to figure out why. You must be creative. I enjoy that.”

-Jeff, Applied Mathematician

“I have learned a lot here at Applied Optimization. I have deepened my understanding of math and physics and have also extended my physical intuition. These are very important skills to have as an engineer and will help me later in my career.”

-Ben, Mechanical Engineer

“Applied Optimization is a family type of environment where we can roll up our sleeves and get into the difficult problems that are facing the country in terms of technology both in space and material sciences. We work on problems that other people have not been able to solve in a straightforward way.”

-Dr. Tamara Payne, Principal Scientist 

Pursuing Higher Education

“At AO, they recognized my potential and offered me the opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. while continuing to work and provide for my family. I likely would not have been able to obtain such an advanced degree otherwise.”

-Tim, Mechanical Engineer

“Working at AO has been such a great opportunity for me to learn and grow not only from a technical standpoint but in all aspects of business. They have always pushed me to be the best and continue my learning experience beyond the classroom which has made me into a more well-rounded person. AO was very supportive and flexible with me while I pursued my Master’s degree and created a great environment that allowed me to complete this while working without having to put the rest of my life on hold, an experience that I likely would not have had anywhere else.”

-Jessica, Computer Science Engineer