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 



 White Honored by Ohio State for Work in Engineering Education

John White, distinguished professor of industrial engineering and chancellor emeritus at the University of Arkansas, was honored recently with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering Education at Ohio State University.

 Haitao Liao Honored at Reliability Symposium

Haitao Liao was honored in January at an gathering of international experts for his research on the reliability of electrical insulation materials.

 Chase Rainwater Honored for High School Robotics Mentoring

Rainwater was honored recently for his outstanding support of the Don Tyson School of Innovation Robotics Team.

 Kim Needy Named Interim Vice Provost for Research and Innovation

Provost Jim Coleman has appointed Dean Kim Needy as interim vice provost for research and innovation, effective Jan. 3, 2018.

 John White Receives the Baum Faculty Teaching Award

The Arkansas Alumni Association hosted its 73rd annual Alumni Awards Celebration Friday, November 3rd, at the Fayetteville Town Center.



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