Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

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Part of our mission at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is to develop a long-term partnership with local industries, both manufacturing and service industries. We combine our expertise in different fields to improve productivity and profitability of local industries.

Our faculty has extensive theoretical and hand-on experience assisting small to large-size companies. We have a long history working with companies on successful projects through the senior design project.

Objectives of Industry Partnerships

The objectives of this partnership are:

  • To provide cutting-edge productivity solutions, which give our clients a competitive edge in their class through providing training courses, consulting projects, workshops, and seminars.
  • To foster collaboration with industry and increase technology transfer through industry sponsored projects, student internships, and faculty consulting.
  • To foster research collaboration among affiliated faculty and local industries through the co-authoring of papers, co-supervising of students, and joint pursuit of external funding.
  • To enhance our educational program by bridging the gap between theory and practice for students to work closely with industries to obtain real-world work experiences and develop inter-personal skills (multidisciplinary teamwork, communication, presentation, etc.)

Contact Information

Dr Purushothaman Damodaran,
Associate professor and Chair,
Department of Industrial Engineering
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Phone: (815) 753-5660


Areas of Expertise

We make technology work for you to maximize productivity and profitability. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • 5S System Workplace and Standardization
  • Setup Reduction
  • Value Stream Mapping to Identify and Eliminate Waste
  • Design and Implement Cellular Flow Manufacturing
  • Implementing a Pull/Kanban Material System
  • Six Sigma
  • Facilities Layout design
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Process Flow Analysis
  • Production Scheduling
  • Inventory Management
  • Systems Simulation
  • Modeling and Optimization
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Ergonomics
  • Work measurements and time studies
  • Cycle time reduction
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Project Management
  • And more


Industry Partners

  • Motorola
  • UPS
  • Caterpillar
  • Raynor
  • Wahl Clipper
  • Belvedere USA Corporation
  • Ideal Industries
  • and more