Undergraduate Student Handbook

Areas of Emphasis

Manufacturing Design 

Design for Assembly, Concurrent Engineering, Mechanism Configurations, Optimization of Clamping Systems, Flexible Fixturing, Computer-aided Pattern Design, Feature Base Design, Workplace Design, Engineering Design Optimization, Optimization of Tolerance Specification, Automated Fixture Design 

Manufacturing Systems and Automation 

Group Technology, Computer-aided Process Planning, Manufacturing Database Design, Intelligent Computer-aided Manufacturing, Material Handling, Automated Inspection, Numerical Control, Adaptive Control and Machine Monitoring, Cell Control 

Manufacturing Process 

Material Casting Processes, Welding Processes, Machining Processes, Soldering, Mechanics of Deformation, Intelli-gent Processing of Materials, Sensor Systems and Nondestructive Evaluation, Electronic Assembly, Robotic Welding, Cutting Tool Development 

Human Factors 

Ergonomics, Cumulative Trauma Disorders, Workplace Analysis, Visual Inspection, Mental Workload Evaluation, Human/Computer Interface, Biomechanics of Back Injuries, Modeling Crash Impacts, Agricultural Safety, Human Reliability Modeling, Safety Planning, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Modeling 

Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems 

Expert Systems for Fixture Design, Process Diagnostics in Manufacturing Processes, Expert Systems in Production Scheduling, Neural Networks for Sensor Based Diagnostics, Learning Through Examples, Rule Based Systems with Sampled Data, Knowledge Based Design, Sensor Data Fusion, Robotic Task Planning 

Machine Vision and Inspection 

Image Processing, Model Based Inspection, Algorithms for Surface Identification, Inspection of Compound Profiles, Component Insertion, Off-line Programming of Coordinate Measuring Machines, Neural Network Based Vision 

Operations Research and Optimization 

Location Theory, Network Optimization, Discriminant Analysis, Linear Programming, Integer Programming for Logical Deduction, Communication and Computer Networks, Network Equilibrium, Nonlinear Optimization, Optimization of Traffic Networks, Queuing, Stochastic Processes, Decision Theory 

Production Planning and Control 

Material Handling Systems, Material Requirements Planning, Facility Planning, Capacity Expansion, Adaptive Forecasting, Economic Order Quantity, Multi-stage Sequencing, Just-In-Time 


Production Modeling, Operational Scheduling, Plant Design and Layout, Process Flow Analysis, Robust Optimiza-tion 

Productivity Engineering 

Productivity Improvement, Incentive Design, Technological Forecasting, Methods Improvement, Wage Payment Systems, Resource Planning and Control 

Quality Engineering 

Statistical Process Control, Total Quality Systems, Process Improvement Strategies, Design for Quality, Inspection Algorithms, Engineering Design of Experiments, Reliability Modeling, Design of Supplier Qualification Procedures, Statistical Modeling of Tolerances, Taguchi Loss Functions, Continuous Improvement Reliability Assessment



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