of Industrial Engineering
According to The Institute of Industrial
Engineers (IIE), Industrial Engineering is "...concerned with
the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems
of people, materials, equipment and energy. It draws upon specialized
knowledge and skill in the mathematical, physical and the social
science together with the principles and methods of engineering
analysis and design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results
to be obtained from such systems."
In general, engineering has to do with the design and implementation
of technology. While other branches of engineering emphasize design
aspects of physical systems, industrial engineering places equal
weight on people, economics, and systems aspects of technology
often neglected by other fields. In addition to the design of
industrial engineering hardware and industrial environments, the
industrial engineer is trained to design the administrative systems
needed for the effective implementation of physical technology
and to design the interface between the hardware and people.
In summary, industrial engineering has two particularly exciting
- It applies to all types of industrial, commercial, and government
It is concerned with people as well as with material things.
Industrial engineers are prime sources of management
talent because they combine the aptitude of the engineer, applied
mathematician, accountant, and business executive. A prospective
IE/OR student should be interested in people and in the machines
of industry, but above all, have an interest in creatively solving
problems. This ability to solve problems includes defining the
problem, gathering data, selecting and implementing the best solution,
and evaluating. Industrial engineers must be able to express ideas
in a clear, concise manner, both orally and in writing.