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Overview
Industrial engineering and management focuses on production systems that provide products (goods and services) for customers throughout the world. Industrial engineers define, design, build, operate, and improve production processes that convert resources to products effectively (e.g., high quality), efficiently (e.g., high productivity), and safely.

People are the fundamental component of production systems–people provide the creativity and leadership essential to make things happen. Hence, industrial engineering is the most people-oriented discipline within the engineering family. Industrial engineers are trained to think in both broad and specific terms. Practicing industrial engineers understand business parameters as well as physical and social parameters within production systems. This breadth allows industrial engineers to function effectively in a wide spectrum of activities ranging from strategic business planning to detailed task design. The wide-angle vision of industrial engineering provides career flexibility, leading to high-level leadership or specialized technical responsibilities.

Industrial engineers are found in manufacturing organizations (e.g., automotive, electronics, medical, and food manufacturers), service enterprises (e.g., hospitals, banks, airlines, and consulting groups), and governmental organizations (e.g., public service and regulatory organizations).

The School of Industrial Engineering and Management's vision is to be internationally recognized by industry and academia for excellence in education, research, outreach and service. Its mission is to discover, verify, integrate and transfer knowledge and methodologies relating to enterprise design and management, information technology, and modeling and optimization for the benefit of students, research sponsors and the technical community. The faculty, students and staff work together to build and maintain learning and mentoring environments where:

• innovative practices are developed, tested and validated.
• knowledge and practices are shared.
• each individual develops to his or her full potential.
• professional ethics are practiced at all times.

Educational Objectives and Outcomes. Objectives: Within a few years of graduation, IE&M graduates are expected to demonstrate effective discovery, problem solving, leadership, and management skills:

Discovery: Research and apply current engineering approaches and tools applicable to problems and opportunities.

Problem solving: Apply critical thinking and creative approaches to complex, unstructured problems and opportunities to support decision-making and continuous improvement.

Leadership: Demonstrate interpersonal communication and networking, self-motivation, positive attitude, and ethical behavior.

Management: Align resources with enterprise objectives – including human, capital, equipment, material, energy, and information resources –by defining, planning, executing, and coordinating activities.

Outcomes: Graduating baccalaureate students possess an understanding of fundamental industrial engineering and management concepts, methodologies and technologies as demonstrated by:

• an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, probability and statistics, science, engineering, engineering management and engineering economy.

• an ability to design and conduct experiments involving risk and uncertainty, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

• an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environment, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.

• an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

• an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems involving physical, human and economic parameters.

• an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

• an ability to communicate effectively.

• the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global economic, environmental and societal context.

• a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

• a knowledge of contemporary issues and the role of the human in enterprise activities.

• an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for industrial engineering and management practice.

The curriculum consists of three primary parts: (1) general studies, (2) core engineering, and (3) professional school topics. General studies consist of courses such as math, statistics, chemistry, physics, English, behavioral science, history, humanities, and arts. Core engineering courses consist of engineering sciences such as materials, statics, electrical circuits, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. Professional school courses consist of topics such as systems thinking and analysis in engineering, economic analysis, manufacturing processes, computer-aided modeling, work analysis, operations research, quality control, experimental design, facility location and layout, management and leadership, production control, system simulation modeling, information systems, ergonomics and human factors, and energy and water management. A capstone design experience, working with a real-world organization, brings all of the classroom and lab work together in the senior year. Details regarding degree requirements are available in the Undergraduate Programs and Requirements publication.

The IE&M program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET under the criteria for both industrial engineering and engineering management.

Each IE&M student, along with the faculty adviser, works out an individual plan of study which guides them through the curriculum. Course work is sequenced and interrelated to provide theoretical and applied knowledge, along with hands-on laboratory and project experience. Students work as individuals and as teams to integrate and apply mathematical, scientific, and engineering knowledge and concepts in order to address both traditional academic questions as well as open-ended design and analysis challenges. Instruction in experimental methods is integrated in the curriculum through the design, execution, analysis, and interpretation of experiments. Project work is used to develop both technical and communications skills. Technical skills are used to identify, formulate, and address engineering problems, both simple and complex. Communications skills are addressed and practiced in written, oral and team interaction formats.

The means to define and design detailed solutions to address customer needs from a system-wide perspective is introduced in the sophomore year, and reinforced through the capstone senior design project. Additionally, global perspectives of production systems are introduced and emphasized in the sophomore year so that students understand the nature of global customer bases as well as global competition early in their studies. The curriculum is continually updated to assure that contemporary issues, thinking, and tools are integrated in course content as well as instructional delivery. Professional responsibility and ethical behavior are introduced and reinforced throughout the curriculum. Additionally, the need for life-long learning after graduation is stressed.

Students are offered opportunities to enhance their classroom and laboratory experiences through student organizations such as the student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Institute for Operation Research and the Management Sciences, and the American Society for Quality. Outstanding scholars are recognized by Alpha Pi Mu, the national honor society for industrial engineering students. Additionally, opportunities for internship and co-op experiences are offered to IE&M students so that they can gain professional experience during their collegiate program.

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Occupations
Industrial Engineers
Architectural and Engineering Managers
Industrial Engineering Technicians

Industries
Manufacturing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Recent OSU Graduates in
Salaries
Max: $93,000 |
Ave: $58,145 |
Med: $58,000 |
Min: $19,200


Employers
ABB
ABF Freight Systems, Inc.
Arkansas Best Corporation
Bell Helicopter
Bishop Lifiting Products
Cerner
Charles Machine Works, Inc.
Concentra
ConocoPhillips
Credera
ExxonMobil
Frito-Lay
GE Oil & Gas
Georgia-pacific
Halliburton Energy Services
JB Hunt Transport
John Deere & Co.
Koch Industries
Lockheed Martin
Love's Travel Stops
Magellan Midstream Partners LP
Nordam
PepsiCo
Petroleum Development Oman
PING
Quorum Business Solutions
Rapid Building Construction Company Ltd.
Schwan's Global Supply Chain
Spirit Aerosystems
Tinker Air Force Base
Walmart
Webco Industries
Williams
Zeeco, Inc.

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