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What is Industrial & Systems Engineering?

Industrial and Systems Engineering is a system-oriented discipline concerned with the design, installation, management, operation and improvement of systems that produce goods and services. 

The Industrial and Systems Engineering discipline follows an integrated approach that considers the entire life cycle of a product or service produced, from design through production, delivery, and customer support.

The goal of Industrial and Systems Engineering is to design and improve performance in products or systems by using resources efficiently. Industrial and systems engineers are concerned with efficiency, quality, productivity, manufacturability, environmental impact, cost-effectiveness, timeliness, and customer and systems safety and customer satisfaction.

The skills you gain as Industrial and Systems Engineer do not only apply to manufacturing, but it also encompasses service industries, with many IEs employed in entertainment industries, shipping and logistics businesses, and health care organizations.

Watch the videos below to learn more about Industrial and Systems Engineering discipline and how Industrial and Systems Engineers  practice their engineering skills in real world.

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  • Congratulations!
    • Students who received awards for 2013 - 2014 semester
    • Mahbod Amouie was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Award
    • Nicholas Lavarra received Crane Composites Expendable Scholarship 2013-2014
    • Jakeline Jungbluth was awarded the 2013-2014 Caterpillar Student Excellence Scholarship
    • 4th place, National Outstanding Chapter 2012 - 2013
    • 4th place, National Outstanding Chapter 2011 - 2012
    • 3rd place in 2013 IIE regional technical paper competition
    • 3rd place in 2012 IIE and Rockwell Automation Arena Student Simulation Competition
    • Silver Award, Chapter Recognition Program 2012
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Program Accredation: NIU Industrial & Systems Engineering has ABET Accredation

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