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College of Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineers design, analyze and manage complex human-integrated systems such as manufacturing systems, supply-chain networks and services systems. These systems typically consist of a combination of people, information, material and equipment. Industrial engineers determine how to optimize the system for maximum efficiency, effectiveness, throughput, safety or some other objective of interest to the stakeholders of the system. To achieve these objectives, an industrial engineer draws upon knowledge of mathematics, the physical and engineering sciences and the management and behavioral sciences to function as a problem-solver, innovator, designer, coordinator and sytem integrator. Industrial engineers are employed in and apply their skills in an extremely wide range of organizations, including manufacturing industries, service industries and governmental agencies.

The complexity of these organizations and the emphasis on increased effectiveness, efficiency and productivity have led to a growing need for industrial engineering analysis and design and an increased demand for industrial engineering graduates. This increased demand recognizes the modern industrial engineer's versatility and responsiveness to the challenges of a rapidly changing society. Industrial engineering is already one of the nation's largest and most rapidly growing engineering professions.

The industrial engineering program prepares graduates for careers in all phases of industrial engineering and enables them to perform both technical and managerial functions that require scientific and engineering backgrounds. By combining the study of science, mathematics, engineering fundamentals, design and management principles, an industrial engineering education provides a unique background and a sound basis for lifelong career development in engineering practice, research or management.

The School of Industrial Engineering offers educational programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (B.S.IE). The two undergraduate programs of study — the regular industrial engineering curriculum and the honors curriculum — provide students with a broad scientific and engineering base and contain a sequence of courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry and the engineering sciences. These courses are accompanied by courses in manufacturing processes, facilities design, engineering statistics, engineering cost analysis, work analysis and design, operations research, process control, production system design, computer utilization, information systems, systems analysis and industrial engineering design.

Students are encouraged to develop a coherent plan for their general and technical elective courses. These courses can be used to gain a specific skill-set, a familiarization with a particular application domain such as maufacturing, heathcare, information visualization or financial engineering, or to meet a student's special interest. The school provides guidance on how to develop such plan of study.