Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering Academic Programs

  Bachelors in Electrical Engineering   Graduate Programs

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISYE)

Industrial and systems engineering is a system-oriented discipline concerned with the design, installation, management, operation and improvement of systems that produce goods and services. 

The Industrial and systems engineering discipline follows an integrated approach that considers the entire life cycle of a product or service produced, from design through production, delivery, and customer support.

The goal of industrial and systems engineering is to design and improve performance in products or systems by using resources efficiently. Industrial and systems engineers are concerned with efficiency, quality, productivity, manufacturability, environmental impact, cost-effectiveness, timeliness, and customer and systems safety and customer satisfaction.

The skills you gain as industrial and systems engineer do not only apply to manufacturing, but it also encompasses service industries, with many IEs employed in entertainment industries, shipping and logistics businesses, and health care organizations.

What Do Industrial and Systems Engineers Do?

  • Improve quality, productivity, and safety
  • Save time and money
  • Improve working conditions
  • Manage interdisciplinary projects
  • Design facilities, supply chains, distribution centers, and more
  • Optimize resources (machines, labor, materials, budget)

Where Do Industrial and Systems Engineers Work?

  • Manufacturing
  • Supply chains
  • Theme Parks
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Cruise lines
  • Warehouses
  • Distribution facilities
  • Airlines
  • UPS/FedEx
  • Caterpillar
  • Motorola
  • IBM
  • Woodward
  • John Deere
  • Wahl
  • American Airlines
  • United
  • Target
  • 3M
  • SPX
  • Sears
  • Brocade
  • Nestle
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Dukane
  • Morrison Community Hospital
  • Carnival Cruises
  • Disney Parks
  • UPS
  • Covidien
  • Innovative Scheduling

Major Focuses

  • Systems Analysis/Operations Research: Mathematical and statistical modeling to plan, design, improve, optimize, and control processes and systems.
  • Production Management: Production planning, project management, inventory management, facilities planning and design, and quality assurance.
  • Manufacturing: Materials processing and fabrication, material handling, robotic applications, automated measurement inspection, computer-aided manufacturing, and manufacturing information systems.
  • Human Factors (Ergonomics): The analysis of human performance, work measurement, workplace design and design of human-machine systems.
  • Engineering Management: Planning, implementing and evaluation of engineering systems; including both manufacturing and service sectors.
  • Supply Chain: Tool for the effective design and management of supply chain system. Area of focus include logistics strategies, network design and supply chain integration.
  • Process Innovation and Optimization:  Application of Lean Six Sigma and data analysis tools to improve/innovate processes.
  • Health Systems:  Study of patient and information flow to optimize critical resources in a healthcare system.


The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is committed to achieving excellence in teaching, conducting high quality research to meet the needs of technological and societal challenges, engaging in outreach and services, and preparing engineering professionals.


The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is committed to being a leader in education and research in contemporary areas of Industrial and Systems Engineering and to being recognized as such locally, nationally, and internationally.