Industrial engineers focus on systems and how system components
fit together. They often are the people who lead the way in
understanding how to use the finite resources of the world to the
maximum advantage. Industrial engineers must understand people as
well as technology. Consequently, industrial engineering draws
upon a variety of different disciplines, from mathematics to
psychology, from communications to computer science, from
production management to process control.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Industrial and systems engineering and operations research
traditionally focused on the analysis and design of manufacturing
and service systems for the efficient production and distribution
of goods and services.
In very simple terms, while engineers typically make things, IE's
figure out how to make or do things better.
University of Pittsburgh
Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design of production
systems. The Industrial Engineer analyzes and specifies integrated
components of people, machines, and facilities to create efficient
and effective systems that produce goods and services beneficial
North Carolina State University
Industrial engineering is the application of engineering methods
and the principles of scientific management to the design,
improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people,
materials, information, equipment, and energy.
University of Hong Kong
Industrial engineers are primarily concerned with the analysis,
design, and control of production, service, and distribution
New Mexico State University
The goal of IEs: To provide the most effective way for an
organization to make a product or provide a service
Mississippi State University
Industrial Engineers design systems to enable people and
society to improve productivity, efficiency and effectiveness and
the quality of the work environment.
Industrial engineering is considered a people-focused field of
University of Toronto
The definition of industrial engineers has changed from that of
"efficiency experts" and "productivity people" to "knowledge
The mission of the MS&E Department is to provide education and
research opportunities associated with the development of the
knowledge, tools, and methods required to make decisions and to
shape policies, to configure organizational structures, to design
engineering systems, and to solve operational problems associated
with the information-intensive, technology-based economy.
Stanford Management Science and Engineering Department