Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2014


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Management of Engineering and Technology

Course Number

ETM 530/630


College students -- Decision making, College students -- Attitudes, Relocation (Housing) -- College students -- Decision making


The global nature of technology fosters business growth in countries all over the world. A student who has completed an engineering degree can choose to take a job and settle in any country, not just the one he or she was born in. This complex, important decision is affected by many factors such as crime rates, culture, and unemployment rates.

This paper presents a hierarchical decision model (HDM) which supports students’ ability to determine the best place to live after graduating from college. The iteration process and steps to build the model will be explained in detail. Furthermore, the model will be used exemplarily to evaluate four different countries. However, through the use of desirability curves, the model is able to evaluate any new country alternative without redesigning the model.

In summary, this paper presents a powerful tool to evaluate the desirability of any country for people concerned with the decision to find the best place to settle.


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