What is Industrial Engineering?

Industrial engineers encourage people to collaborate and help businesses, laboratories and other institutions run more smoothly.

We have all experienced situations that could use the skills of an industrial engineer: long lines at the bank, paperwork that gets lost in the mail, stores that run out of products.

Industrial engineers are often called “big picture” engineers, because they look at systems as a whole and come up with ways to improve them. They help people accomplish tasks safely, quickly and cost effectively.

As an industrial engineer, you could design warehouses that store goods more efficiently, or you might use ergonomics to make workplaces safer for employees. You could even work at amusement parks, finding ways to move customers more easily through long lines. Industrial engineers can be found working in hospitals, banks, airline companies and government agencies. 

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Luisa Janer RubioIndustrial Engineering Master's Student Receives Graduate Research Award

Master's student Luisa Janer Rubio was recently selected as the recipient of a very competitive Graduate Research Award from the Transportation Research Board.

Edward A. Pohl photoIndustrial Engineering Department Head Receives Imhoff Global Excellence Award

Edward A. Pohl, professor and head of the Department of Industrial Engineering received the award at the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition

Harry Pierson PhotoIndustrial Engineering Professor Presents Research in China

Harry Pierson, assistant professor, was among seven United States representatives recently invited to present research in China

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