The industrial engineering and engineering management (IEEM) program is housed within the Department of Industrial Engineering. Industrial engineering and engineering management is concerned with the design, improvement, installation, and management of integrated systems of people, material, and equipment. Graduates of the program employ a set of skills that includes mathematical modeling, probability and statistics, computer science, human factors, interpersonal skills, project management, and an ability to manage and administer large technical engineering and research projects. Thus, industrial engineering and engineering management may be thought of as applied problem solving, from inception to implementation and management.
For many it is this richness that makes the profession so alluring: although pragmatic in nature, it is intellectually stimulating and offers a wide variety of opportunities. In general, this program is well suited for those students who enjoy applied math and science but who do not see themselves sitting at a desk as a design engineer. Typically, these same students have good interpersonal skills and enjoy learning in a broad range of topics. If you want to manage a technology organization, make manufacturing more efficient, model logistics support for humanitarian relief, redesign a work environment to help persons with disabilities, manage a health care organization, or plan to someday own your own business, the IEEM degree may be the right opportunity for you.
The shift to a global economy, the move to lean management structures, and the need to serve an increasingly diverse learning community requires a new approach to engineering education. It requires a transformative curriculum that values diverse methods of thinking, that encourages creativity and innovation, and that develops the complex thinking and leadership skills demanded by today’s industry. And it is here where the program shines. IEEM graduates meet or exceed almost all of the attributes of the "Engineer of 2020" as set forth by the National Academy of Engineering. The industrial engineering faculty is enormously progressive when it comes to student-centered learning. The faculty possesses six teaching awards and three national awards for excellence in engineering education. The results speak for themselves. We approach a 95% retention rate, a 95% placement rate, and graduates that are consistently half to one full step higher on the intellectual scale than is their peer group.
The Department of Industrial Engineering’s mission is to supply the highest quality engineering professionals that surpass the expectations for the "Engineer of 2020" as set forth by industry and the National Academy of Engineering. By integrating high quality instruction with a solid understanding of learning theory, we have transformed engineering education so that our graduates possess not only the technical skills required by industry, but the creative problem solving, complex thinking, and the team and leadership skills required by industry. Over the years, we have established a number of specific programs and research studies that focused on preparing our students to help industry succeed in today’s global economy. These include inversion of the classroom to focus on cooperative and hands-on learning experiences, multi-disciplinary teams solving real-world industry based projects, and incorporation of model eliciting activities. And the results are both impressive. IEEM graduates value intellectual diversity and possess better complex thinking and leadership skills than those who progress through a standard curriculum (contact us and we will be happy to send a summary report or link). Quite frankly, if you can find a better graduate elsewhere, you should hire them.
While our graduates can compete with any graduates in the country, we are not ready to rest on our laurels. The department is currently seeking additional funding to expand its research capacity to enhance undergraduate and graduate opportunities and for a student center to support entrepreneurship, product innovation, and creative design.