While engineers in other engineering fields are known by the products they design, industrial engineers are known for the systems they design. Industrial engineers are interested in the “big picture”. They design and manage complex systems using mathematical, computing, engineering and economic principles to integrate people, equipment and information into efficient systems. Improvements made by industrial engineers in automation, information control, process quality and organizational design have greatly increased the quality of life throughout society.
Three to five years post graduation, the graduates of the Industrial Engineering bachelor’s program will be:
- Developing, implementing and improving processes, operations and systems in industries that are reflected in the Career Focus Area of the program.
- Acquiring new skills and training for lifelong learning through opportunities at their employer or through advanced study in graduate school or other special interest areas.
*Career Focus Areas include Electronics Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship, Global Industrial Engineering, Leadership, Human Factors, Industrial Management Systems, Industrial Engineering Mastery, Industrial Statistics, Information and Telecommunications Systems, Manufacturing, Operations Research, Pre-professional Service Systems, Supply Chain and Logistics, Urban Systems.
The outcomes of the Industrial Engineering program detail the knowledge and skills that our graduates are expected to possess upon completion of the program. The outcomes include both the traditional ABET outcomes along with an additional six Industrial Engineering specific program outcomes:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
IE 1. OPERATIONS – understand processes used to deliver high quality, low cost and timely goods and services
IE 2. MATH AND SCIENCE) – understand the mathematics and physical, social, and computer sciences underlying Industrial Engineering
IE 3. BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS – understand the business and economics concepts underlying success in today’s competitive global economy
IE 4. MODELING- ability to model complex IE systems using appropriate analytical, computational and experimental practices
IE 5. DESIGN – ability to design, develop, implement, and improve IE systems of people, materials, information, capital, and energy so as to improve competitiveness
IE 6. PROFESSIONALISM – think, function and behave in a professional manner