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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Bradley A. Kramer, Head

Professors: Ben–Arieh, Kramer, E.S. Lee, Lei, and Pei; Associate Professors: Chang, Easton, Rys, and Wu; Assistant Professor: Heier Stamm; Instructor: Deines; Adjunct Faculty: Easton, Fisher, Galitzer, Lai, Sun, and Udo; Emeriti Associate Professor: Wilson; Emeriti Professors: Harnett, Konz, and Tillman. 

2037 Durland Hall
Fax: 785-532-3738

Industrial engineers (IEs) improve the way goods and services are produced and delivered.  They improve product quality, individual and system productivity, and design safe work environments. IEs work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy, and other commodities.

Industrial engineers are business and people-oriented. Graduates are employed in both service and manufacturing industries. IEs are concerned with the effective utilization of all organizational resources to maximize system productivity. They design, analyze, and improve integrated systems of people, equipment, and material to produce goods and services. 

The industrial engineer is equipped to influence product designs, to develop efficient production systems, and to integrate these activities with the financial, marketing, and other functions of an organization. The goal of the industrial engineering curricula is to integrate mathematics, the basic sciences, the engineering sciences, and engineering design projects into a meaningful educational experience so that our graduates have the ability to apply this knowledge to the identification and solution of practical engineering problems. Our graduates are equally prepared to begin exciting careers in engineering or to continue their education in graduate programs of engineering, business, or law.

The industrial engineering curriculum provides a broad background in: engineering management, lean production systems, quality engineering, ergonomics, and operations research. Students are individually advised and counseled by the faculty to choose electives to broaden their education and to emphasize subjects of interest.

Most industrial engineering courses employ real world projects that build team skills. Courses are available in computer simulation, operations research, industrial management, ergonomics, safety, manufacturing information systems, quality engineering, engineering economy, product and process engineering, computer control of manufacturing equipment, and the design and analysis of manufacturing systems. The curriculum is augmented by an industrial engineering assembly held once each month in which engineers from industry are invited to speak about topics of current interest to the profession.

Mission statement

We prepare students for successful life-long careers and provide leadership in industry and our profession through our research and educational programs. To accomplish this mission, we: educate students to become industrial and manufacturing systems engineers who can design, analyze, and improve production systems and processes; educate students at the graduate level to become masters of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering so that they can apply current IMSE skills and tools and lead the quest to advance the state-of-the-art in IMSE; perform research in our discipline that is both of fundamental importance and of value to our industry, our profession, and society as a whole; and serve our institution, community, and profession by using our skills and time to advance their missions.

Educational program objectives

Graduates can use modern engineering and scientific management tools to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems to produce goods and services in a professional and ethical manner.

Technical performance goals

Identify problems and improvement opportunities related to the production of goods and services; measure, evaluate, and improve production of good and services; develop and design production processes and systems to produce goods and services; and implement efficient and effective production processes and systems to produce goods and services.

Professional performance goals

Participate and function effectively in team environments; communicate in a professional role with capability to write technical reports and present results effectively; understand ethical and social responsibility; and understand the individual’s responsibility for their professional development and career path.

Concurrent B.S./M.S.

The Industrial Engineering department offers a concurrent B.S./M.S. degree program in which high-performing students can earn the B.S.I.E. and M.S.I.E. concurrently.  The student may choose between completing a thesis or pursuing a coursework only option.

To apply for the program, the student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 after having completed 80 credit hours toward the industrial engineering degree.  Graduates typically complete both degrees in about one calendar year beyond the time it would take to complete the B.S. alone.  Interested students may contact the department head for additional information.



Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science/Master of Science



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering