Industrial Engineering
About Us

Welcome from the Department Chair

Dr. J. Cole Smith, Department Chair

On behalf of our students, staff, and faculty, I welcome you to the Department of Industrial Engineering (IE) at Clemson University.

Clemson’s IE program has substantially increased its research profile over the last decade, and with recent investments in personnel and facilities, is becoming firmly established as a top destination for industrial engineering research and education.  Clemson researchers are now responsible for groundbreaking studies in today’s foremost engineering challenges, arising in areas such as supply chain and logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation system design, information technology, automotive engineering, national security, and finance.  Our students enjoy excellent job placement opportunities in rewarding fields, and as a result, the demand for IE at Clemson has reached unprecedented levels:  IE is currently at an all-time high for tenure-track faculty, undergraduate, and graduate student enrollment.  The IE program offers accredited programs leading to Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Clemson IE graduates can be found anywhere from large consulting companies to entrepreneurial startups; from production, to healthcare, to defense industries; and in academic careers that span the globe.  Our faculty contribute to their success by emphasizing the development of student strengths in basic industrial engineering knowledge; the use of industrial engineering tools; problem solving; computer skills; communication; and teamwork.  This multifaceted and integrated education underscores our philosophy that students must be well-rounded individuals capable of working in diverse and interdisciplinary teams.  

The IE department is extremely proud of our alumni and current students, and the future looks even brighter.  The tremendous growth in IE student numbers is being met with the expansion and reconstruction of Freeman Hall, which will provide Tiger IEs with some of the best educational facilities for industrial engineers in the nation.  Combining these developments with the stellar computing resources and interdisciplinary research opportunities that its faculty have secured for students, IE has become a truly premier destination for students and researchers worldwide.  

I invite you to browse our website and see who we are, what we are researching, and how we can connect with you.  Alumni are strongly encouraged to visit the Alumni Corner to review notes from other alumni and post notes there about themselves. I welcome your feedback and hope you share your thoughts with us via my e-mail link at the bottom of this page. Go Tigers! 

Dr. J. Cole Smith

Dr. J. Cole Smith 
Department of Industrial Engineering
130B Freeman Hall, Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0920

Phone: (864) 656-4716
Fax: (864) 656-0795


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