Industrial engineers design, install, and improve the
complex systems that provide goods and services vital to our society and
economy. These systems place unique demands for breadth of preparation on
industrial engineers. Baccalaureate degree graduates demonstrate the ability to
design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people,
materials, information, equipment, and energy. Graduates will demonstrate the
ability to apply the principles and techniques of industrial engineering analysis
and design supported by a foundation in mathematical, physical and social
sciences, and economic, operational, and engineering analyses. Graduates will
possess a breadth of knowledge that allows them to practice industrial
engineering with an appropriate awareness of information issues in systems
improvement. In addition, graduates are able to work and communicate
effectively with colleagues at every level in the organization.
One traditional arena for the implementation of industrial engineering is within manufacturing facilities; however, many practicing industrial engineers are employed in non-manufacturing institutions. The list of such possibilities is quite broad, including hospitals, banks, railroads, airlines, management consulting firms and government agencies. In addition to numerous employment opportunities in professional practice, industrial engineering graduates may further their formal education. The Department of Industrial Engineering offers the follow graduate degree programs: Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy.