About Us

Welcome from the Chair

Purush DamodaranOn behalf of the faculty, students, and staff of the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, I thank you for taking the time to visit our website to learn more about our vibrant programs.

Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISYE) tools are now being used to solve complex problems arising in manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, transportation, energy, sustainability, etc. With ever increasing application areas where ISYE tools and techniques are becoming more relevant, the challenges and opportunities lie ahead are plentiful.

We offer Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Within the B.S. program, we have the following emphasis:

  • Manufacturing systems
  • Health systems
  • Engineering management

Each emphasis is carefully tailored to prepare our undergraduate students to cater successfully to the needs of the respective market segments. In addition to a B.S. degree in ISYE, our undergraduate students have the option to earn undergraduate certificates in:

  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Logistics

These certificates enable our undergraduates to remain competitive in the job market as they master their skills in process optimization and logistics by taking a sequence of courses and exhibit their proficiency in these skills through applied projects.

The graduate students have a variety of courses to choose a specialization within ISYE. Graduate students can elect to do a thesis, project, or paper to complete their degree requirements. These options provide greater flexibility to our students depending on their short term and long term goals. Our graduate students also have the option to earn graduate certificates in:

  • Integrated Manufacturing Systems
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Logistics
  • Quality Control of Manufacturing Processes

The department collaborates with many industries, distribution centers, and hospitals in the Northern Illinois region to facilitate experiential learning opportunities for our students through:

  • Mentored internship programs
  • Sponsored applied research projects
  • Industry funded capstone projects

Graduate and/or undergraduate students are included in all applied funded research projects. Undergraduate students get to work on challenging real life ISYE problems (through funded capstone projects) from industry and hospital to help bridge theory with practice. The curriculum includes the latest developments in the field and is rigorous. Our undergraduate students have been trained well; both on technical and soft skills, to face the real life challenges in their professional careers or continue on to pursue their M.S. in ISYE at NIU and other institutions. Several of our graduate students have also joined reputed Ph.D. programs across the nation and have gone on to teach or work in the industry successfully.

The expertise of the faculty members in the department covers various aspects of Industrial and Systems Engineering (e.g. Work measurements, ergonomics, manufacturing, optimization, simulation, quality, reliability, sustainability, supply chain, healthcare, etc.).  The faculty members are caring and work closely with each student in the department to assure an excellent learning environment. Faculty members have been successful in obtaining funded projects from federal and state agencies, companies and hospitals. These projects help us to demonstrate the practical application of the various ISYE tools and techniques taught in the classroom, the students gain valuable experience, which helps them to find jobs easily.  These close ties also help our students to get internships/Co-ops from companies within a 60 mile radius of DeKalb. In most cases, our students are offered a full time employment opportunity with the same company in which they gain their invaluable experience through funded projects, capstone projects, internships, or Co-ops.

I hope the information that you find in our website is informative and useful. Please feel free to contact me at (815) 753-5660 or via email pdamodaran@niu.edu, if you have any questions about our programs.