This is a great way to ask this question. Operations research is another term for supply chain management. Michigan State and Penn State universities are the top SCM schools in the U.S. and can be reasonably manageable to get into, especially for an engineer like you! I am a fan of both schools for various reasons, and I am an alumna of PSU's program. If I were looking to focus in construction, I would target MSU. I do not know of universities that focus directly in construction science, but Google does. I don't see a problem to solve, in your question. I see you already well prepared and doing all the things that one can do in these situations. Internships are the easiest ways to pipeline oneself into one's career of choice as a young person who has access to formal education. We integrate our interests with our disciplines by wanting to, not by there being a path. Just because we old people haven't started something already that combines the exact ways you will combine disciplines, has nothing to do with you not being able to do so. Most of my awards are in areas that I was not even hired to serve in - but my project won them because I will ALWAYS create one solution correctly the first time, no matter how siloed anyone else's thinking is.
Lindsay recommends the following next steps:
- As you apply for jobs, notice whether you feel more comfortable in construction cultures or engineering cultures and follow your nose in that direction.
- As you interview, sharing your dual passion for both spaces is helpful if you are interviewing with someone who knows your business. If you are interviewing with a fresh-out-of-college, sheltered HR generalist who doesn't know your area, keep the intersection to yourself. It will be confusing to that person because s/he does not know enough about what you are talking about.
- Keep in mind that everyone has focused on something and it probably isn't the same thing you have focused on. So, you are coming into conversations with weeks or years of having thought about these intersections, while the person interviewing you may not have ever thought about it once. So, you can keep it simple by just mentioning "I have been very interested in how my interest in construction has been informed so well by my engineering education". And if they lean in and want to hear more, have 3 examples ready that you can deliver one at a time in 20 second format and 2 minute format. They will probably only want one, but if you find someone who wants all of them, then you may have found a good mentor.
- You are doing all the things. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.