Industrial Engineering, M.S.
Industrial engineers find the most effective way to turn the basic factors of production — people, materials, machines, time, energy, and money — into almost every product and service we consume. The best engineers are adept not only at managing employees and technology but also at optimizing the organization of a business.
That’s why, at the School of Engineering, we ask our students to take the unique approach of examining relationships rather than components. The MS in Industrial Engineering program teaches you to search for similarities in concepts, laws, and models across disciplines. From there, it’s up to you to adapt, integrate, and exploit these similarities in innovative ways.
Because industrial engineers often work on multidisciplinary teams, we offer an elective-heavy curriculum. That approach lets you build expertise in whichever subjects best fit your career interests. These specialties include:
- construction management
- electrical engineering
- mechanical engineering
- management of technology
- operations management
- transportation management
- transportation planning and engineering
You must complete a total of 30 credits to obtain this degree.
Required Core Courses (12 Credits)
- 3 Credits Quality Control and Improvement IE-GY6113
- This course provides students with a solid foundation in the cost of quality, quality assurance and quality management. Emphasis is on the basic tools of quality control such as control charts and their use, the concept of “out of control,” acceptance sampling, variables and attributes charts and producer’s and consumer’s risk. A unique aspect of this course is the demonstration of the power of teams of people with different expertise to improve quality. A course project is required.
Prerequisite: MA-GY 6513 or familiarity with the concepts of probability and statistics. Also listed under MN-GY 6113.
- 3 Credits Facility Planning and Design IE-GY6213
- Topics in this course include facilities design for global competitiveness, strategic master-site planning, site selection, factory layout and design, facility-management systems and materials handling and storage planning. Also presented are guidance on selecting alternative facility plans and application of queuing methods and computer modeling for facility design and evaluation.
- 3 Credits Factory Simulation IE-GY6823
- This course examines modeling and simulation of complex industrial, commercial and service systems, such as factories and hospitals. Students develop, run and test several simulation models using different software packages.
Prerequisite: Computer literacy.
- 3 Credits Production Science MN-GY7893
- This course reviews just-in-time and synchronous manufacturing methods. It analyzes the basic dynamics of factories to understand the importance of congestion and bottleneck rates on cycle time and inventories. Analytical models are developed to study variability and randomness introduced by breakdown, setups and batching. Simulation studies are used to provide data on performance of transfer lines.
Electives and Other Courses (18 Credits)
You must take 3 electives from manufacturing or industrial engineering for a total of 9 credits, referred to as the IE/MN elective block. These courses include any 3 selections from the following list:
- 3 Credits Engineering Economics IE-GY6003
- Engineers are responsible for the design, development, deployment of products and projects and should evaluate alternatives when available. Solutions run from the simple where the decisions are made quickly to detailed analysis of complex alternatives. Student will learn the necessary accounting terms, financial concepts, costing, investment analysis, time-value of money, equipment, and how material specifications are used in the investment decisions processes. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to quantity the alternatives used as part of the decision process in recommending what course of action to be taken. The most economical choice may not be the recommended alternative based on other considerations i.e. political, past experience with suppliers, equipment standardization.
- 3 Credits Work Design and Measurement IE-GY6063
- Principles and techniques of designing work methods and work simplification programs. Theory and techniques of workplace design, work measurement, time study, work sampling, standard data systems, methods analysis, rating, and work allowances. Applications of ergonomics and anthropometrics to promote worker health and safety in lean manufacturing environments.
- 3 Credits Supply Chain Engineering IE-GY7993
- Students in this course gain an understanding of how companies plan, source, make and deliver their products with a global competitive advantage. The course stresses the engineering components in developing an integrated supply chain that covers the entire manufacturing enterprise. It looks at the supply-chain infrastructure and the velocities of different models. The focus is on understanding and detecting the constraints of the infrastructure and the lowest common denominator of the information system used. Students also gain an understanding of logistical networks and the optimizing of the various traffic and location alternatives. Synchronization of supply and demand is examined in detail, looking at variability in both processes with the objective of maximizing throughput and capacity, emphasizing partnering, e-commerce and the bullwhip effect. Finally, the course establishes global performance measurements that compare companies in different industries.
- 3 Credits Production Planning and Control IE-GY6193
- This is a survey course in basic and advanced manufacturing planning and control systems, covering short-term forecasting systems, master production scheduling, material requirements planning, inventory management, capacity management, production activity control and just-in-time.
- 3 Credits Management Science MG-GY6103
- This course introduces major concepts and methods associated with Management Science, which deals with the application of quantitative modeling and analysis to management problems. Students learn to employ important analytical tools, to determine the assumptions used, and to recognize the limitations of such methods. The course discusses methods of linear and nonlinear programming, queuing, decision analysis, simulations and game theory. The course also introduces modeling with spreadsheets.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
- 3 Credits Operations Management MG-GY6303
- This course focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the role that operations management plays in determining business strategy and in developing competitive advantage. The primary emphasis is on how to develop and effectively manage operations in knowledge-intensive enterprises. Participants discuss the operational design and managerial implications when the emphasis of the operations group is more on knowledge management than on production and facilities management; managing the effective integration of technology, people and operating systems; understanding the complexities and challenges of operations management; the challenges of developing and managing supply chain networks; and the critical role of technology in developing operational capabilities in an organization.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
- 3 Credits Project Management MG-GY8203
- This course focuses on managing technology- based projects, ranging from individual research and development to large-scale and complex technological systems. It covers topics such as feasibility and risk analyses, project selection and portfolio optimization, functional and administrative structures, coordination and scheduling of activities, personnel planning, negotiations and contracts, cost estimation, capital budgeting, cost controls and effective matrix management.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval and Graduate Standing
- 3 Credits Human Capital Engineering & Analytics MG-GY6343
- This course examines and applies the valuation and management of intangible assets in designing and managing post-industrial organizations. As organizations increasingly rely on technology to produce value, these technological solutions require interactions with other forms of value creation like Human Capital Management, Intellectual Property development and Organization Culture. The first part of the course focuses on human capital engineering using an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on diverse fields including industrial-organizational psychology, industrial engineering, economics and artificial intelligence to create a holistic view of how work in its various forms creates value. The second part of the course addresses workforce analytics, providing the student with a knowledge and understanding of current best practices, issues, and decision points in building an effective human capital analytic program. This part of the course will also focus on data structure and design to enable automation and predictive modeling and will place an emphasis on technology-enabled reporting.
- 1.5 Credits Managing Business Process Reengineering MG-GY6361
- Explores the organization effectiveness issues associated with large scale change through Process Reengineering, Toyota Production System (TPS), and Six Sigma programs. The course develops a thorough understanding of how processes can be designed, measured and maintained to optimize customer value creating performance. Techniques for defining performance requirements and managing process improvement on a large or small scale will be explored.
Prerequisites: MG-GY 5050 or equivalent
- 3 Credits Managing Technology Professionals MG-GY6293
- This course provides a survey of research and practice focusing on the effective management of technical professionals, who have come to represent a significant segment of the labor force. The success of organizations today is largely a result of the knowledge and skills applied by their technical professional employees. The effective management of such a work force has been one of the most critical problems faced by organizations that depend on their contributions. This course closely examines research and case studies that examine various management techniques to improve the utilization, development and motivation of technical professionals for achieving high levels of performance, innovation and creativity.
Prerequisite: MG-GY 6013 or instructor’s permission.
- 3 Credits New Product Development MG-GY8643
- The dynamics of technology and the pressures of competition drive enterprises to make their product development and production processes strategically more effective and economically more efficient in time and cost. The course deals with the state of the art in new product activities for services and manufacturing firms and examines in-depth the marketing, technology and manufacturing technology linkages.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
- 3 Credits Managing Technological Change & Innovation MG-GY8653
- The course focuses on effectively managing technological change and innovation, which is accomplished with a dual perspective. One perspective is based on individual, group and organizational theory, research and practice. This body of literature, viewpoints and experience provide essential guides to manage successfully the introduction of newtechnologies. Realizing the full potential of
new technologies requires effectively managing change to assure the commitment of all stakeholders. The second perspective is based on innovation theory, research and practice. This body of literature, viewpoints and experience provide key insights to for effectively managing the process of innovation and the impact of innovation on all parts of an enterprise. Specifically, the course explores a firm’s explicit need to manage and inspire people so they can communicate and innovate effectively.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval and graduate standing
- 3 Credits Selected Topics in Management MG-GY9753
- Students analyze and discuss current topics in various fields.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and Department’s Chair’s permission.
An additional 3 free electives are taken from anywhere in the Industrial Engineering or Management of Technology programs. In addition, these remaining 3 free electives may be taken from any other graduate curriculum with the approval of the Program Director to ensure their compatibility with your professional objectives for the remaining 9 credits that are needed to fulfill the degree requirements.
You should elect other courses in consultation with your adviser. Concentrations in areas suited to your career interests are encouraged (e.g., manufacturing, mechanical engineering, operations management, construction management, transportation engineering or management, and management of technology). Courses from computer science or management may supplement such a concentration.