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New Brunswick/Piscataway Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2007 School of Engineering Descriptions of Fields of Study Industrial and Systems Engineering  

Industrial and Systems Engineering

In today's complex and competitive world, industrial engineers are in ever greater demand to design, improve, and operate integrated systems of people, materials, equipment, and energy. The industrial engineering discipline applies fundamentals from the mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences to design and analyze efficiently large systems that serve industry and government both in manufacturing and service sectors.

To allow students to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal context, the undergraduate industrial and systems engineering program provides a broad engineering education along with specialization in the industrial and systems engineering and manufacturing fields. Academic strength in mathematics, physics, and basic engineering science is required. Specializations are offered in mathematical modeling, quality engineering techniques, computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), simulation, manufacturing processes, engineering economics, production planning and control, and information technology. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities where hands-on instruction is emphasized in CAD/CAM, robotics, machine vision, automated material handling, quality engineering, and computer integration of databases and information systems.

The undergraduate pedagogy focuses on classroom instruction fostered by learning in multidisciplinary project teams. These teams frequently formulate and find engineering solutions to real-world industry problems. The ability to communicate effectively is emphasized by having students provide both oral and written reports.

Our graduates contribute to a wide range of endeavors, including electronic, pharmaceutical, and other manufacturing;health services, transportation, distribution, and communication; and computers, finance, marketing, and management. Students pursue graduate studies in engineering and in management at other leading institutions.

The faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and professional service. It brings experience, real-life industrial problems, and enthusiasm to the classroom, setting a standard for students to follow in their professional careers.

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