Ph.D. Program in Industrial Engineering

Purdue's School of Industrial Engineering continues to offer one of the nation's preeminent Ph.D. programs, providing research concentrations in human factors, manufacturing, operations research, and production systems. Ph.D. students are encouraged to participate in multi-disciplinary studies and multi-cultural educational efforts in one or more of our diverse research areas, including:

  • Energy Systems
  • Heathcare Engineering
  • Aviation Human Factors
  • Nano-Manufacturing
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Safety Engineering
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Financial Engineering
  • Service Engineering
  • Simulation Optimization
  • Materials Processing
  • Digital Human Modeling
  • Machining Processes
  • Global Systems
  • Information Visualization
  • Distributed Control
  • Nonlinear Optimization
  • Group Work and Communications
  • E-work, E-business, E-service Systems

Our focus is to expand IE's role in addressing 21st century grand challenges, pursuing industrial frontiers, and designing and building the enterprise of the future.

There are currently 80 Ph.D. students enrolled in the School working closely with an energetic and well-qualified faculty, most of whom have already achieved recognition as leaders in their specialization areas. The School was home to one of the first NSF Engineering Research Centers and DOD University Research Initiatives and now enjoys an annual research funding in excess of $6 million. Our Ph.D. graduates hold prominent positions in academia, consulting, government, and industry. Academic placements have included appointments in top tier universities such as Harvard, Michigan, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and Illinois.

We invite highly motivated individuals to join our program. Prospective Ph.D. students are encouraged to consult with faculty members with whom their interests align prior to applying for admission. For more information please click on the "Graduate School Admission Requirements" link or contact Cheryl Barnhart in the IE Graduate Office (