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Fast Facts About Purdue Industrial Engineering

What's so special about Purdue IE?

Purdue IE consistently ranks in the U.S. News & World Report's Top 10 of industrial engineering schools. Currently, Purdue IE's undergraduate program is #3, and our graduate program is #6.

Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Growth, and Extraordinary Impact. Purdue University's School of Industrial Engineering is well-positioned to help meet today's – and tomorrow's – industrial and society challenges.

Industrial Engineering impacts almost every sector of our society and world: healthcare; manufacturing; financial & consulting; space, aviation & defense; oil; food; services & distribution; energy & utilities; government; pharmaceuticals, etc.

Our graduates are hired by nationally-recognized companies like GE, GM, Cummins, CAT, Honeywell, IBM, Fiat-Chrysler, Intel, Eaton, Wabash National, Deloitte, Accenture, Bank of America, CNO, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Halliburton, Phillips 66, PepsiCo, Nestle, Anheuser-Busch, Kroger, Hormel, Lowe’s,, Wal-Mart, OHL, Eli Lilly, Disney, the Veterans’ Administration, Nestle Global, and others.

Purdue IE is “rethinking” industrial engineering to help move the world forward!

Extraordinary People

Dynamic & Growing Faculty

32 active tenure track faculty members
2 engineering practice faculty
9 emeritus faculty
18% of faculty are women

Undergraduate Program

#3 undergraduate IE school in current U.S. News & World Report rankings (2019)
762 undergraduates enrolled
Extensive industrial and global partnerships for experiential learning and employment (Co-ops/Internships with Disney, Tesla, United Airlines, and others; Study Abroad opportunities in Asia, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Australia, and South America; Corporate Partnerships with companies like Eaton, Intel, GM, Phillips 66, Northrup Grumman, Deloitte, and more)

Graduate Program

#6 graduate IE school in current U.S. News & World Report rankings (2020)
305 graduate students enrolled
120 doctoral students
185 Master’s students
Novel distance-learning and professional master’s programs


7500+ U.S.
1000+ Worldwide
Top executives in companies like Accenture, Boston Scientific, GE, Seattle Mariners, GM, Intel, AppleCare and Logistics, World Kitchen, AT&T, PPG Industries, Emerson Power Transmission, Tompkins International, Microsoft India, Accuitive Medical Ventures, Latin American Operations for Kimberly-Clark

Extraordinary Growth

Growing Faculty

10 hired in 2015 + 2 in 2017 + 1 in 2018
Actively recruiting more excellent faculty

State-of-the-Art Facility

2015 “reinvention” of Grissom Hall & "Celebrate Grissom" video
"Grissom Hall Reinvented" video
"Why I Chose Industrial Engineering?" video

Extraordinary Impact

ReThinking IE

  • Human Factors – developing a deeper understanding of cognition and decision making
  • Manufacturing – investigating the interplay between next-generation products and services
  • Operations Research – improving computational IE and encompassing information engineering
  • Production Systems – focusing on complex systems and networks and systems-of-systems challenges


Founded 1955 – over 60 years of extraordinary contributions to industrial engineering history