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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For information:

  • Please email ineg@uark.edu for general department inquiries.
  • Please email iegrad@uark.edu for inquiries regarding graduate study.
  • Phone: (479) 575-3156
Produced by: Nate Hemby, Olivia Ohlstein and Parker Galligan
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I.E. Student Receives Poster Competition Award at Data Sciences Conference

photo of Xinchao LiuXinchao Liu, a doctoral student in the Department of Industrial Engineering, received the 2nd prize in the Poster Competition at the 2020 NextGen Data Science Day conference.

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Parnell Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

small photo of Greg ParnellProfessor of Practice Greg Parnell, has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the J. Steinhardt Prize from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Industrial Engineering Faculty Member Receives International Teaching Award

small photo of Manuel D RossettiProfessor Manuel Rossetti has been awarded 2020 Institute of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers' Modeling and Simulation Division Teaching Award.

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