Industrial and Systems Engineering (B.S.)

Why Study Industrial and Systems Engineering at NIU?

When you use a product that's rated "five stars" – one that works well, designed and manufactured for value and performance – you're experiencing the results of industrial and systems engineering (ISYE).

It's a discipline that looks at the entire life cycle of a product or service. Industrial and systems engineers are concerned with efficiency, quality, productivity, manufacturability, environmental impact, cost-effectiveness, timeliness, safety and customer satisfaction. As an industrial and systems engineer, you'll work in teams to identify and solve problems, conduct experiments and analyze the impact of your solutions.

Our ISYE program offers three emphases:

  • Health systems engineering
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Engineering systems

And covers a broad range of topics including:

  • Production and engineering management
  • Manufacturing and quality-controlled automation
  • Human factors (ergonomics)
  • Supply chain and logistics
  • Process innovation and improvement
  • Health systems optimization
  • Systems analysis/operations research

Upon graduation, you'll be able to apply your planning, management, manufacturing and evaluation skills to any industry that provides goods and services.

Careers with an Industrial and Systems Engineering Degree

Because industrial and systems engineers save companies time and money, your skills will be in demand across all industries including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Supply chains
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Theme parks
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Warehouses

Attend our engineering job and internship fairs to turn your degree into a career.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Faculty

You'll learn practical and theoretical knowledge from our award-winning instructors. You'll benefit from their latest research and passionate commitment to the field of industrial and systems engineering.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

As an ISYE student, you'll divide your study between our modern classrooms and our four ISYE laboratories.

Get involved outside of the classroom with one or more of our engineering student organizations including:

  • Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers (IISE)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Robotics Club
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Join our summer intensive programs where you can collaborate with international students to learn about industrial processes and techniques while enjoying field trips and multicultural activities.

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