Undergraduate industrial engineering students display their capstone design project


The undergraduate industrial engineering program at Penn State is designed to prepare students to become the next generation of global leaders in industrial and manufacturing engineering. We provide students with a comprehensive education in human factors and ergonomics; manufacturing; and operations research through a combination of coursework and hands-on experience in our laboratories.

Our students leave Penn State as innovators with an eye for discovering new solutions and processes that address ever-evolving industry challenges in a wide variety of sectors including academia, banking, communications, consulting, financial services, healthcare, information technology, and transportation.

Consistently ranked as one of the top industrial engineering programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Industrial Engineering Program Criteria. See the program objectives and ABET outcomes here.

Our program boasts more than 7,500 graduates, many of whom are now world-class leaders in their field and can be found in top positions at Accenture, Bank of America, Caterpillar, Cummins Power, Disney, ExxonMobil, Herren Associates, The Hershey Company, Honda, Intel, John Deere, Kimberly-Clark, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lockheed Martin, Michelin, and Walmart.

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Please note: Penn State World Campus also offers a Human Factors and Ergonomics Certificate.



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