The industrial engineering program prepares students for careers in both technical and managerial functions, grounded in 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.
Industrial engineers design, analyze, and manage complex human-integrated systems such as manufacturing systems, supply chain networks, and service systems. We study systems of people, information, material, and equipment, optimizing the entire system for maximum efficiency, effectiveness, throughput, safety, or other objectives. An industrial engineer draws upon knowledge of mathematics, along with physical, engineering, management, and behavioral sciences to function as a problem-solver, innovator, designer, coordinator, and system integrator. Industrial engineers apply their skills in an extremely wide range of organizations, including manufacturing, logistics, education, finance, marketing, technology, service industries, and governmental agencies.
The complexity of organizations and growing importance on effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity have led to a growing need for industrial engineering analysis and design, and an increased demand for industrial engineering graduates. Future employers recognize the modern industrial engineer's versatility and responsiveness to the challenges of a rapidly changing society. Industrial engineering is one of the nation's largest and most rapidly growing engineering professions.
The School of Industrial Engineering offers educational programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE). Two undergraduate tracks — industrial engineering curriculum and an honors optional curriculum — 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.
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The undergraduate program in industrial engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Annual enrollment data for the School and College is available here.
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