About the Department

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Cutting-edge industrial engineering program

Our department is small enough for you to have personal attention from faculty but large enough to choose from a wide variety of educational opportunities. Our programs and labs provide hands-on learning—the kind of learning that gives students a competitive advantage. Many of our graduates have built successful careers not only as engineers, but also as managers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives, and consultants.

Key Focus Areas

Learn the fundamentals of the profession and develop specific expertise in areas that interest you most.

Learn strategies necessary for solving internal and external problems of a company in areas such as production, quality, project management, sales, and marketing strategies.

Learn about the relationships between people and their

  • work tasks,
  • machines,
  • information,
  • and environment.

Learn how to make good engineering decisions using quantitative models and methods for production and service systems such as,

  • inventory control,
  • scheduling,
  • transportation,
  • and logistics.

Learn how to design, analyze, operate, and control manufacturing processes and systems.


Department History

Industrial engineering has existed on the Iowa State campus for more than a century. The original curriculum was a five-course sub-track within the mechanical engineering major and today the department offers one undergraduate degree, one undergraduate minor, and five graduate degrees.

Learn more about the department’s history in ‘Through the Seasons: 100 Years of Industrial Engineering at Iowa State University’.