Relevant Industrial Engineering Courses

Note: Course descriptions can be found in LionPATH.

  • IE 507: Operations Research: Scheduling Models. Scheduling models with simultaneous job arrival and probabilistic job arrival, network scheduling, and scheduling simulation techniques. Prerequisite: IE 425. Contact: C. Harmonosky
    Key topics: Scheduling models may be applied to patient scheduling, healthcare worker scheduling, or operating room scheduling
  • IE 509: Operations Research: Waiting Line Models. Waiting line models including models with infinite queues, finite queues, single and multiple servers under various priorities and disciplines. Prerequisite: IE 516. Contact: M. J. Chandra/G. Pang
    Key topics: patient flows in hospitals, delay reduction, admission control and routing of patients, personnel staffing and scheduling, management of hospital facilities, design of wards and waiting rooms in hospitals
  • IE 511: Experimental Design in Engineering. Statistical design and analysis of experiments in engineering; experimental models and experimental designs using the analysis of variance. Prerequisite: IE 323. Contact: E. del Castillo
    Key topics: medical device design and pharmaceutical development
  • IE 516: Applied Stochastic Processes. Discrete and continuous time stochastic processes, including discrete time Markov chains, Poisson processes, continuous time Markov chains, and renewal processes. Prerequisite: IE 322 or STAT 318. Contact: T. Yao
    Key topics: disease spread and medical errors
  • IE 520: Multiple Criteria Optimization. Study of concepts and methods in analysis of systems involving multiple objectives with applications in engineering, economic, and environmental systems. Prerequisite: IE 405 or BA 450. Contact: A. Ravindran
    Key topics: ranking methods, analytic hierarchy process, data envelopment analysis (DEA), bi-criteria optimization, goal programming
    Past student projects: Cardiovascular Disease Control; Radiation Therapy Planning; Hospital Evaluation by DEA
  • IE 522: Discrete Event Systems Simulation. The study of the fundamentals of discrete event simulation, including event scheduling, time advance mechanisms, random variate generation, and output analysis. Prerequisite: IE 425.
    Key topics: process flow, demand-capacity matching, resource requirements, and bottlenecks
    Past student project: Patient Flow in the Emergency Department
  • IE 557: Human-in-the-loop Simulation. Use of object-oriented tools for developing interactive, real-time simulations and for designing simulation interfaces. Prerequisites or Concurrent: IE 522. Contact: L. Rothrock
    Key topic: remote disease management call-center prototype
  • IE 558: Engineering of Cognitive Work. Information processing and decision making models of the human in the modern workplace, emphasizing visual inspection and other industrial applications. Prerequisites: IE 323 and IE 408. Contact: L. Rothrock
    Key topics: biases in physician decision making in context of judgment and decision making research
  • IE 562: Expert Systems Design for Industrial Engineering. This course covers topics in artificial intelligence problem solving, search techniques, first-order logic, knowledge based systems, MYCIN and further developments, distributed intelligence, natural language processing, and neural networks. Contact: S. Kumara
    Key topics: building logical inference systems in all fields including healthcare
  • IE 570/SC&IS 570: Operations Research in Supply Chain. Use of operations research models and methods for solving problems in supply chain systems. Prerequisites: I E 405, I E 425, or SC&IS 510. Contact: A. Ravindran
    Key topics: forecasting, health facility location, network design, healthcare logistics
    Past student projects: Forecasting hospital supplies and supplier selection; Supply chain design for distribution of nets for malaria prevention


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