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Industrial Engineering

College of Engineering


As an industrial engineer you will have the broadest variety of opportunities, as this profession found in virtually every type of industry. You will find industrial engineers in distribution companies, financial markets, manufacturing firms, healthcare and technology, to name a few. You will learn all the tools you need for problem solving and decision-making in complex real world systems. The curriculum incorporates a blend of theory, laboratory, and industry-based project work that will prepare you to enter the profession and/or graduate study.

Why Choose Industrial and Engineering Management?

Industrial engineers take a system’s view of things and strive to improve products and processes. You may work in a hospital, trying to design new emergency room procedures to improve wait times and decrease costs, or in an automobile manufacturing plant trying to redesign a production line for better worker ergonomics and improved quality. Maybe you would like to work in a distribution center, analyzing and improving the operations for better customer satisfaction, or as an operations analyst conducting system monitoring, or even designing the layout of a theme park for the best guest flow and minimal wait times. The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the career flexibility it offers.

What Will You Study?

The courses you will take will teach you to implement effective solutions in an organizational setting. Our flexible curriculum allows you to take courses in production management, quality, statistics, analytics, supply chains, operations research, finance, and more. You will graduate as a well-rounded industrial engineer with an entrepreneurial perspective of business operations as they pertain to engineering.

Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the BSIE major will:

  • Implement effective solutions which successfully integrate people, materials, information, equipment, capital, and energy
  • Effectively collaborate and communicate in individual and team settings
  • Successfully apply contemporary tools, knowledge, experience, and critical thinking to effectively solve engineering problems
  • Continually increase knowledge and experience throughout their career
  • Contribute as well-informed, ethical, and dependable members of society

Student Outcomes

The outcomes that we strive for our students to possess:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. 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;
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Enrollment and Degree Statistics

Enrollment and Degree Statistics

Enrollment
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Full-time
30
28
17
23
35
37
44
45
Part-time
1
3
2
1
1
3
4
6

Bachelor's Degrees Awarded
Academic Year
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
Degrees
6
6
17
9
4
10
10
8
Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Industrial engineering offers a versatile career in virtually any industry. Our graduates have been hired at C&S Wholesalers, Hasbro, Johnson & Johnson, LEGO Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Synergy Investments, and UTC Aerospace Systems. Other students head directly to graduate school, including Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue University, University of Alabama, and Western New England University.

Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

Industrial Engineering students may have interests in: Institute of Industrial Engineers, American Society of Engineering Management, National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. Many of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.

Clubs and Organizations
Faculty

Faculty

The personal attention you'll receive from our faculty is unparalleled. They'll become your mentors, learning partners, and colleagues during the four years of your education. Not only will you work with them in the classroom, but you'll also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research and development projects. Our interests span the breadth of Industrial Engineering in areas such as supply chain management, discrete event systems, quality, reliability, global health, human factors, and risk management.

Faculty
Accreditation

Accreditation

Program leading to BS in Industrial Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Unique Learning Opportunities

  • First Year Program

    "Design, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking from day one" is the cornerstone of engineering education at Western New England University. Our first year engineering program teams students up to design, code, and prototype a robot to compete in the Bot Battle at the end of the first semester. In the second semester, data acquisition and processing, ethical standards, communication, and business skills are developed. Student teams design a product to improve lives through the application of smart technology. The prototypes are presented at the Emerging Engineers Expo at the end of the year.

  • Senior Design Projects

    Take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it to solve a real industry problem in a Senior Design Project that caps off your engineering education. You'll research, design, and develop a project that advances industry knowledge. Regional companies may sponsor and guide you through the completion of you project, which will allow you to leverage the opportunity into a full-time job. Recent examples of Senior Design Projects are testing reliability and life-span of lithium ion batteries, using eye tracking technology to diagnose sports concussions, designing and installing a new real-time tracking system for medical device production and developing a low cost methodology for testing work ability in under-resourced areas.