Mission and Program Outcomes


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.

Educational Objectives

The department's undergraduate program provides students with the knowledge, skills and tools to model people-technology systems using the techniques of mathematics, science and engineering; to design potential solutions to problems and evaluate the consequences of their solutions in the broader context of the organization, society and the environment; to communicate effectively the benefits of their proposed solutions using written, oral and electronic media; to function effectively and provide leadership within an organization as a professional and ethical member of society, including the ability to facilitate and participate in multidisciplinary teams; and to initiate and complete self-directed learning for professional and personal development especially with respect to contemporary issues.

Program Outcomes

The department's undergraduate program is designed to provide graduates with:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to Industrial and Systems Engineering

    • Defines and describes the pertinent principle, theory, concept and/or formula used in the solution of a problem
    • Explains the rationale for selecting a specific engineering science principle to model a process or system
    • Demonstrates how selected engineering science principles have been applied in developing the solution to a problem
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data

    • Constructs a problem statement, dependent/independent variables and/or appropriate hypothesis
    • Uses and documents appropriate measurement techniques to collect data
    • Applies statistical procedures to analyze data
    • Interprets what the results mean with respect to the assumptions and constraints
  • An ability to design a system component or process to meet design needs

    • Identifies and understands the critical issues and determines the overall goal and objectives of the design project
    • Develops a design project plan and uses it to guide the design project
    • Determines what information is critical and evaluates resources needed to obtain it
    • Applies analytical tools, software, creativity and "outside-of-the-box thinking" to generate solutions.
    • Evaluates and selects the preferred solution(s) using appropriate analytical tools
    • Communicates the results of the design through drawings, models, reports, etc.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

    • Shares responsibilities and duties and takes on different roles when applicable
    • Analyzes ideas objectively to develop solutions by building consensus
    • Values alternative perspectives
    • Enjoys interacting with others to complete work
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

    • Identifies key areas in a given system where improvements can be made
    • Applies engineering, statistical and/or mathematical methods to analyze a problem for the purpose of understanding the qualitative and/or quantitative behavior of the system and the effects of potential changes made to the system
    • Chooses the "best" solution based on stated criteria and formulates evidence that supports the solution
    • Prepares and writes documentation that recommends and explains a solution
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

    • Demonstrates knowledge of codes of conduct that guide the professional practice of engineering
    • Evaluates the value and credibility of information and the various sources used in order to make sound judgments
    • Questions decision by incorporating the ethical impacts the decision can have on the individual, the client, the company and/or the public
  • An ability to communicate effectively

    • Communicates information, concepts and ideas effectively in writing using standard formats, grammar and mechanics
    • Uses appropriate presentation techniques (maintains eye contact, modulates voice, avoids distracting gestures, etc.)
    • Uses professional graphics in written and oral presentations; uses appropriate graphics conventions (e.g. formats, captions, titles, axes, legends, etc.)
    • Summarizes and synthesizes information concisely and precisely
  • A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and social context

    • Identifies various types of impacts for an engineering solution (i.e. environmental, political, economic, etc.)
    • Analyzes the impact of engineering solutions in a societal context associated with the groups of people and their beliefs, practices and needs
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning

    • Demonstrates the ability to use information-seeking tools (e.g. Internet resources, professional and technical journals, handbooks, etc.) that enable industrial engineers to stay up to date in the profession
    • Develops a degree plan in which elective courses have been selected based on professional goals and aspirations
    • Expresses upon graduation both a full appreciation for the need for and the motivation to pursue further education and training not only in engineering but also in areas outside engineering, math or science
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues

    • Analyzes an issue from a systems perspective
    • Demonstrates the ability to evaluate the socio-economic, political and environmental implications of proposed technical solutions
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

    • Demonstrates knowledge of state-of-the-art computerized procedures for decision-making including, but not limited to, simulation packages, spreadsheets, general-purpose computer languages and other software
    • Demonstrates knowledge in the use of technical library resources and literature search tools

Contact Us

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Engineering Building, Room 230
590 Garden Road 
Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1282

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