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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 #4, 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
8 emeritus faculty/visiting scholars
19% of faculty are women

Undergraduate Program

#4 undergraduate IE school in current U.S. News & World Report rankings
741 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, Lowe's, HCA, and more)

Graduate Program

#6 graduate IE school in current U.S. News & World Report rankings
295 graduate students enrolled
110 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 more in 2017
Actively recruiting more excellent faculty

State-of-the-Art Facility

2015 “reinvention” of Grissom Hall
"Grissom Hall Reinvented" video
"Celebrate Grissom" 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