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What is Industrial Engineering?

Industrial Engineers (IEs) design systems and processes to eliminate wastefulness and improve efficiencies. IEs are trained to be problem solvers who have an eye toward innovation and sustainability. They work in a variety of fields to develop solutions for challenges in management, manufacturing, logistics, health systems, retail, service, and ergonomics.

  • Industrial Engineering is rooted in the sciences of engineering, the study of systems, and the management of people.
  • IEs find ways to use workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to improve a product or service.
  • IEs influence policy and implementation issues at the highest level of business.
  • IEs tackle topics such as sustainability, innovation, and best practices with a goal of creating systems that help businesses and other organizations run seamlessly.
  • According to the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, IEs “work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy, and other commodities.”
  • IEs have the influence to streamline processes and truly make a global economic impact.

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Home of the first established industrial engineering program in the world, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State has made a name for itself in the engineering industry through its storied tradition of unparalleled excellence and innovation in research, education, and outreach.

We are Innovators. We are Makers. We are Excellence in Engineering. We are Penn State IME.

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

310 Leonhard Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-7601

FAX: 814-863-4745