Industrial and Systems Engineering

The department of Industrial and Systems Engineering welcomes in-person and virtual visits. Please contact Chair Purush Damodaran at or Tracy Mereness at to schedule a visit.

A degree in industrial and systems engineering leads to careers in a wide range of commercial, retail and service industries. Our program's integrated approach will help you understand the complete life cycle of a product or service, from design to delivery. You'll gain the skills to improve productivity, save money and optimize resources in manufacturing, health care, entertainment, transportation and other areas.

As you learn how to make businesses operate more efficiently, you'll benefit from:

  • Hands-on experience: Most students have at least one internship with a local business.
  • Career preparation: Almost all students are employed within a year of graduation, many receive job offers before they graduate.
  • Experienced faculty who specialize in a range of industries.

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Faculty and Staff

Name Title Phone Email Office
Ehsan Asoudegi, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 815-753-9973 EB 238
Niechen Chen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 815-753-7144 EB 250
Shi-Jie (Gary) Chen, Ph.D. Professor 815-753-1221 EB 234
Purushothaman (Purush) Damodaran, Ph.D. Department Chair and Professor 815-753-5660 EB 230A
Omar A. Ghrayeb, Ph.D. Professor 815-753-6922 EB 321B
Jaejin Hwang, Ph.D. Associate Professor 815-753-9980 EB 242
Tracy Mereness Office Support Specialist 815-753-1282 EB 230
Reinaldo J. Moraga, Ph.D. Interim Associate Dean and Associate Professor 815-753-8048 EB 232
Christine Nguyen, Ph.D. Associate Professor 815-753-6748 EB 236
Ziteng Wang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 815-753-9971 EB 240
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