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Industrial + Systems Engineering


Program educational objectives

  1. To graduate engineers who are able to design, develop, and implement systems which integrate people, materials, equipment, information, and energy
  2. Graduates of the ISE Program should demonstrate a professional attitude, integrity, and commitment to life-long learning in their work.

Student Outcomes

The Industrial and Systems Engineering Program Outcomes are the following set of abilities, knowledge, skills, and behavior:

  1. In the classroom
    1. ISE: The ability to apply appropriate industrial engineering methods and techniques to complex systems
    2. STEM: The ability to apply concepts of engineering science, mathematics, physics and chemistry
    3. SOFTWARE: The ability to utilize and apply software relevant to industrial and manufacturing systems engineering
    4. DOE: The ability to design, conduct and analyze statistically valid experiments
    5. COM: Interpersonal and professional communication
    6. LEAD: Teamwork and leadership.
  2. Beyond the classroom
    1. LIFE:  The identification and recognition of the need to continue learning by both formal and informal means
    2. SERVICE: Appreciation of the relevance of industrial engineering fundamentals and practice to non-manufacturing areas 
    3. Ethics: Integrity, cultural awareness, and ethical behavior.


An Ohio University Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


These include the ability to:

  • Apply basic inventory models
  • Apply basic scheduling models
  • Develop and analyze control charts to evaluate a process
  • Develop and analyze information flow and business processes for decision making
  • Develop and analyze product flow through facility
  • Develop efficient operation methods
  • Develop time standards for operations
  • Develop visual tools (Gantt chart, CPM, PERT or similar) for a project schedule
  • Evaluate the ergonomics of a manual operation or a system
  • Perform economic analysis and analyze effects of proposed design solutions
  • Perform stages of the DMAIC process
  • Perform statistical inference for model parameters
  • Apply common discrete and continuous probability distributions
  • Apply mathematical programming to make decisions
  • Apply stochastic models to make decisions
  • Recognize basic manufacturing processes
  • Build a basic database using a database management software program
  • Develop a model of a system using discrete event simulation software
  • Develop a spreadsheet to solve mathematical problems and analyze data
  • Interpret and create drawings using a software package
  • Use computational logic in a current computer language or software application
  • Use software tools to solve optimization problems
  • Calculate and interpret confidence intervals for a sample or experiment
  • Conduct hypothesis tests using point estimates and determine confidence intervals
  • Construct and use sampling plans
  • Develop a regression model and interpret its results
  • Formulate the hypothesis for an experiment
  • Identify treatment effects with ANOVA
  • Perform and analyze replications with a simulation model
  • Give an oral presentation of a proposal or  a project
  • Prepare technical report according to prescribed standard
  • Create a presentation using a software program
  • Lead project meetings
  • Prepare action items from a meeting
  • Efficiently use publications and on-line resources  to obtain technical information
  • Recognize the need for life-long learning
  • Self-teach to acquire needed skills
  • Apply discrete event simulation in service industries
  • Apply math programming in service industries
  • Identify the ethical issues in a given situation and decide on an appropriate course of action
  • Recognize the need for maintaining the integrity of collected data
  • Recognize the need to consider worker health and safety in the design of tasks and systems
  • Recognize the need to fulfill obligations to the employer
  • Recognize the need to treat customers fairly
  • Recognize the need to treat workers fairly
  • Use work of others in ethical manner in technical reports.


Enrollment and graduation data

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Fall Headcount 44 46 38 51 64 68 82
6-year Graduation Rate1 89% 75% 100% 70% 85% 71% 100%





[1] For cohort entering six years prior to date.