Professor Elizandro, Interim Chairperson; Professors Currie (Director of Center for Manufacturing Research), Deivanayagam (Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research), Matson, Smith, Sundaram
The ISE Department offers the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) degree program which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The educational mission of the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department is to develop benchmark quality industrial engineers with broad-based expertise in the design, development, and management of integrated production and service systems.
IE consistently ranks in the top 25% of 250 occupations for job satisfaction – the highest of all major branches of engineering. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, IE is the fourth largest engineering discipline in the United States in terms of jobs. IE also has among the highest percentage of women practitioners of all engineering disciplines. Because of the educational background, many IE graduates have opportunities to move quickly into management.
Industrial engineers are productivity, cost, and quality improvement specialists who examine all aspects of the organization to determine the most efficient and effective way to use resources. About sixty percent of industrial engineering (IE) jobs are in manufacturing. However, because flexibility characterizes IE, industrial engineers have a greater variety of opportunities than other engineering disciplines. For example, IE skills are used to improve productivity and quality in health care, insurance, banking, utilities, hospitality, transportation and distribution/logistics, construction, retail, consulting, and government.
An Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) with representation from industry, alumni, faculty, and current students, participates in the periodic review of the BSIE program to assess program efficiency and effectiveness. Educational objectives for the BSIE degree that characterize industrial engineering program graduates within three to five years of graduation are graduates who are:
- Organizing and leading, as well as participating on, cross-functional teams.
- Applying industrial engineering methods and techniques to implement or improve complex integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and financial resources to benefit society within societal and contemporary global issues of professional practice.
- Engaging in formal training, continuing education, and/or graduate school.
- Engaging in service to community and/or professional organizations.
The following Program Outcomes characterize graduates on the day the BSIE Degree is awarded.
- 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 within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- 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 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
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
- an ability to specify data requirements to assess and improve system performance
- an ability to develop and evaluate abstract models of system performance.
- an ability to utilize analytical techniques for decision-making
- an ability to provide leadership in individual and team situations
To achieve the above Program Outcomes the BSIE program builds upon a foundation of courses common to the traditional engineering freshman year that includes two humanities/fine arts electives, courses in calculus, chemistry, engineering graphics, computer programming, and an introduction to engineering course.
In the sophomore year are Calculus III and the Matrix Algebra course. The science courses are calculus-based physics and either a second physics course or an anatomy and physiology course. Also included are the first two of four business courses, microeconomics and macroeconomics, which satisfy the required social science sequence for industrial engineering majors. Students begin the engineering mechanics sequence with a course in statics. ISE 2000 - Introduction to Industrial Engineering and Computers introduces engineering analysis, design of alternatives, and formulating recommendations. Teamwork and ethics in engineering are also stressed. A literature elective and a communications course complete the sophomore year.
In the junior-year curriculum are ISE 3100 - Engineering Economy , ISE 3200 - Engineering Statistics , ISE 3400 - Operations Research , and ISE 3240 - Statistical Methods for Process Engineering . The statistical methods course includes design of experiments and extends statistical concepts to quality control. Each of these courses introduces common analytical tools and techniques for decision-making that are common to the profession. ISE 3310 - Process Improvement Techniques , ISE 3410 - Simulation of Industrial Systems , and ISE 3800 - Information Systems for Industrial Engineering provide experience in system design of open-ended problems. Other junior-year courses include accounting, dynamics, and differential equations (the last mathematics course). The ISE 3900 - Industrial Engineering Seminar focuses on contemporary topics, ethics, and technical report writing.
Senior-year courses extend the junior-year knowledge and skills. ISE 4000 - Engineering Leadership and Project Management has an open-ended project. ISE 4500 - Facilities and Material Handling Systems Design emphasizes methods and tools for manufacturing and warehouse design, and ISE 4600 (5600) - Production Control develops analytical tools for forecasting, inventory planning, and production scheduling. The last engineering science requirements are mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, and fundamentals of electrical engineering. Two ISE electives provide breadth or depth knowledge in the discipline. In the last semester, the ISE 4510 - Engineering Design Internship draws upon all previous design and analysis experience for a team-based, realworld project.
The BSIE curriculum prepares students for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, administered by the Tennessee State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners, the first step in preparation for professional licensure. Students are encouraged to take the exam during their last semester on campus and those who pass are reimbursed for cost of the exam by the IAB.
The department also offers an Industrial Engineering minor in several emphasis areas. The Quality Engineering emphasis provides the student with the statistical tools necessary for improvement of products, services, and processes. Most of the Six Sigma tools are covered. The Manufacturing Engineering emphasis includes lean and computer integrated manufacturing. The Engineering Decision Science option provides engineering and mathematics-based science majors an opportunity to apply mathematical modeling techniques to applications areas as diverse as modeling chemical processes, computer systems, and other non-traditional production systems. The Engineering Management option focuses on engineering management principles necessary to manage technical projects.