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Industrial Engineers are concerned with the design, implementation, and improvement of integrated systems of people, materials, equipment and energy.

A major distinction between industrial engineering and other branches of engineering is that the industrial engineer must consider not only the action of machines that are governed by physical laws but also the behavior of people in organizations. Industrial engineering is often called the people-oriented engineering discipline, and its applications span the fields of manufacturing, service, healthcare, finance, and government.

The Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Educational Objectives:

Within the first several years following graduation from the Industrial Engineering program, graduates are expected to be:

  1. Working as professionals by adding value in any one of the following sectors:

    • Service
    • Government
    • Consulting
    • Retail
    • Manufacturing
  2. Pursuing or holding a graduate degree and/or developing professionally through continuing education, licensure, certification and seminars in a new area or their chosen areas of expertise.


Students who qualify for graduation in the Industrial Engineering program will have demonstrated the following:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


The curriculum includes required courses in mathematics and the physical sciences that ensure a firm scientific background. The advanced departmental courses provide specialization. Required courses in the humanities and social sciences give students the social, ethical and ecological awareness needed in their profession. The courses are designed with the prerequisite structure in mind so that students have to draw from previously acquired knowledge to successfully complete upper level course requirements.

The engineering design experience is interwoven in the curriculum throughout the students’ four years of study.

  • Starting with EGN 114 Global Challenges Addressed by Engineering and Technology and EGN 123 Computing and Digital Solutions for the future students are given a broad introduction to Engineering. In addition they are introduced to a wide variety of topics in the digital realm including Python, Engineering graphics, Auto CAD, Excel, Tableau, Solid Works and AI applications.
  • The students then move on to take ISE 201 Work Design Systems where they perform work measurement projects in industry and determine the impact of productivity. This is applied in a semester project in industry which includes writing a reports and making oral presentations to management.
  • In the Spring of their Junior year, the students take ISE 363 Project Management for Engineers and they are exposed to techniques and tools in project management such as use of network flow and MS Project.
  • Students take ISE 380 Engineering Economic Analysis where they become aware of the impact of productivity on the economic and social well-being of industry and countries. The students are also introduced to basic models of decision making such as the formulation and evaluation of an economic strategy.
  • ISE 406 Computer-Aided Manufacturing introduces the students to product design in manufacturing and modern concepts of CAD/CAM/Automation.
  • ISE 441 Deterministic Models in Operations Research focuses on the formulation of linear programming problems and solutions by the simplex method. Related topics include sensitivity analysis, duality theory and network programming. Engineering applications are emphasized.
  • ISE 442 Stochastic Models in Operations Research focuses on basic concepts and techniques of random processes that are used to develop models for a variety of engineering and managerial problems. Topics include the Poisson Process, Markov chains, renewal theory, queuing models, and reliability.
  • ISE 465 Inventory and Supply Chain Management provides a thorough treatment of modern production and inventory management policies, and their ramifications on supply chain management. ISE 568 Facilities Planning and Logistics focuses on the analysis and design of production and service facilities, warehousing, and logistics.
  • ISE 224 Python for Engineers will introduce programming and coding as a tool for analysis of industry systems. Theory and applications of decision support systems in industrial engineering are covered in ISE 524 Decision Support Systems in Industrial Engineering . The topics include the study of model-based data-based, knowledge-based, and communication-based decision support systems.
  • In ISE 557 Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering both laboratory projects and real-world projects are designed, discussed, and conducted.
  • Industry based projects are embedded into several other courses such as ISE 512 Quality Management Systems and ISE 547 Simulation Modeling and Systems Analysis.
  • ISE 494 Senior Design Project is a capstone project course where the students pool all of their knowledge and previous design experience into one major project integrating all components of the curriculum together. These projects are usually industry-based. Students prepare written and oral presentations. These presentations are made before top management or engineers of the organization where the projects were conducted in the presence of the faculty representatives from the department.

Real world projects are an integral part of most junior and senior level courses. In these courses, communication is emphasized through requirements for oral presentation and written technical reports. This experience provides the graduates with valuable industrial experience and communications skills while studying at the University of Miami.

The teaching laboratories meet current program needs and are constantly being improved. Equipment and experiments are geared to provide instruction in the areas of production system design, work methods and measurement, human factors engineering, manufacturing processes, computer applications in industrial engineering and operations research.


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