PhD Program in Industrial Engineering


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

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

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.

Our PhD students work  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 National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers and Department of Defense (DOD) University Research Initiatives, and now – with the help of our PhD students - is performing leading edge and impactful research in the above areas.

We invite highly motivated individuals to join our program. Prospective PhD students are encouraged to consult with faculty members with whom their interests align prior to applying for admission. For more information please read the Graduate School Admission Requirements or contact Cheryl Barnhart in the IE Graduate Office (cbarnhar@purdue.edu)