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 



Photo of Nicole HayesIndustrial Engineering Senior Earns National Service Scholarship

Senior Nicole Hayes is the recipient of the 2018-19 S. Balachandran Service Scholarship, one of five scholarships awarded nationally each year by Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society.

Photo of Harry PiersonResearch Into 3D-Printed Parts Earns Industrial Engineering Professor Air Force Fellowship

Pierson will spend the summer conducting research at the U.S. Air Force Research Lab with the goal of making custom 3D-printed maintenance parts accessible for warfighters in the field.

Nick Shallcross photoIndustrial Engineering Doctoral Student Earns Military Research Fellowship

Nick Shallcross has earned a military research scholarship to further his research into decision-making in Department of Defense purchasing programs.

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2019 Department of Industrial Engineering Spring E-Newsletter


Photo of Kaitlin SmitheyIE Student Selected as Senior of Significance 2019

The Arkansas Alumni Association has selected Kaitlin Smithey as a Senior of Significance for 2019.

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