What is Industrial & Systems Engineering?

Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better. They engineer processes and systems that improve quality and productivity. They work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy, and other commodities. This is why many industrial engineers end up being promoted into management positions.

The benefits of Industrial and Systems Engineering are widespread:

  • More efficient and more profitable business practices
  • Better customer service and product quality
  • Improved efficiency
  • Increased ability to do more with less
  • Making work safer, faster, easier, and more rewarding
  • Helping companies produce more products quickly
  • Making the world safer through better designed products
  • Reducing costs associated with new technologies

B.S. Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at NIU

The undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills and training necessary to become successful practitioners. It focuses on principles of mathematics; physical sciences and behavioral sciences; engineering design; and humanities and social sciences. To help prepare students for careers as industrial and systems engineers, the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering provides access to a variety of courses and facilities, a diverse faculty with years of industrial experience, and a program emphasizing practical applications as well as theoretical developments in industrial and systems engineering.

The department has three tracks a student can follow: 

  • B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • B.S. in Idustrial & Systems Engineering with an Emphasis in Health Systems Engineering
  • B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering with an Emphasis in Manufacturing Systems