About Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better. They design processes and systems that improve quality and productivity -- while reducing waste, saving money, and increasing output.

You’ll learn how to solve problems at a systems level – that means people, machines, materials, energy, technology, information, and software – and see the impact of your solutions. You’ll have the chance to study and apply topics such as Six Sigma, lean systems initiatives, and productivity and quality improvement, while you develop as a leader.

Whether it’s distributing products worldwide, manufacturing superior automobiles, or streamlining operating room procedures, your career choices are the broadest of any engineering profession. Industrial engineers are also often promoted into management positions.


The mission of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is to:

  • Educate undergraduate and graduate students for successful life-long careers in industrial engineering and related fields;
  • Perform and disseminate innovative, fundamental research with global significance; and
  • Provide valuable service to society, industry, government, and academic professions.

The Russ College’s Industrial and Systems Engineering undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. 


The Industrial Engineering program originated as a cooperative program between the Colleges of Applied Sciences and Commerce in 1937. In 1952, it became an option within the Mechanical Engineering Department. The program was moved then to the newly established Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1967 and has been accredited by ABET since 1968.