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Industrial Engineering

What is it?

In just about every sector of industry, you’ll find industrial engineers who help companies and government agencies operate effectively and competitively. Through hands-on research projects, small classes and cooperative education experiences, students in Clemson’s Department of Industrial Engineering receive an exceptional education designed to help them redesign how everybody works.

What will I study?

Industrial engineering is a broad field, so Clemson’s program focuses on several major research and teaching emphasis areas.

  • The production and service systems area involves optimization, supply chain design, quality control, facility planning and more.
  • The human factors area includes user-centered design, ergonomics, human factors engineering and systems safety.

What is Clemson’s industrial engineering program like?

The IE department has approximately 580 students (419 are undergraduates) and 12 fulltime faculty. Core courses include simulation, engineering economic analysis, and facilities planning and design. Additional courses cover logistics and transportation, quality engineering, system safety and supply chain design.

Hands-on learning begins with your very first IE course — a project for an on-campus client such as the Clemson Geology Museum, Parking Services or Littlejohn Coliseum.

Your capstone IE class allows you to apply everything you’ve learned in prior classes to a project for an off-campus client such as Caterpillar, 3M or Milliken.

Where is my future as an industrial engineer?

Recent graduates have found jobs at many companies in the manufacturing and service sectors, including General Electric, 3M, BMW, Fed-Ex, Lowe’s, Michelin, UPS, Lockheed Martin, Eaton, Exxon and Boeing.

Where can I find more information about Clemson’s IE program?


The Numbers

482 Undergraduates

28% Women
22% Minority
59% In-State

186 Masters Students

35 Doctoral Students

18 Full Time Faculty