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. 

Learn more!

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 Kaitlin SmitheyIE Student Selected as Senior of Significance 2019

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

Photo of Kelly SullivanIndustrial Engineering Professor Named John L. Imhoff Chair in Industrial Engineering

Assistant professor Kelly Sullivan has been selected as the 2019-2020 recipient of the John L. Imhoff Chair in Industrial Engineering.

Photo of Rich HamShort-form Drone Course to Kick Off in January

In-person and remote University of Arkansas students have a chance to learn about unmanned aircraft systems in a condensed format this spring semester.


Department Fall 2018 E-Newsletter


Photo of C. Richard CassadyIndustrial Engineering Professor Recognized with Distinguished Leadership Award

C. Richard Cassady, professor and director of the First-Year Engineering Program will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Honors College.

Photo of Ed PohlPohl Inducted as Fellow of Engineering Management Society

The award was presented at the society’s 2018 International Annual Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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Industrial Engineering Global Study Opportunities

Opportunities exist for Industrial Engineering students to enhance their educational experience

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