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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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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Ashlea Milburn PhotoIndustrial Engineering Professor Recognized by International Society for Teaching Excellence

Ashlea Bennett Milburn, assistant professor, has received the Teaching Excellence Award in Transportation and Logistics from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

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The University of Arkansas was ranked 19th among U.S. institutions in the 11th Rothkopf Rankings

Heather Nachtmann PhotoNachtmann Awarded Title of Fellow by International Society

Heather Nachtmann, professor and associate dean for research, was recently awarded the title of Fellow by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Richard Cassady PhotoIndustrial Engineering Professor Receives Distinguished Educator Award

Richard Cassady was selected to receive the IISE Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award.

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