Why Choose IMSE?

While there are many reasons why you should enroll in our program, here are a few for you to consider.

  • Industrial engineers enjoy a flexible career path that allows them to advance in many types of organizations.
  • Industrial engineers have a profound impact on society’s quality of life.
  • You will experience engineering through hands-on learning in our manufacturing laboratories and through problem based learning with real world engineering problems.
  • Students in our senior design course work with industry sponsors to solve actual problems.
  • Students are placed in professional positions within a month of graduation.
  • While in Ames, students will have an opportunity to work on engineering projects with students located in other countries.
  • Students also have a choice to study at an international university for a semester.
  • The combined B.S. in IE/MBA program is designed so that you can graduate within 5 years.U.S News and World Report ranks the IMSE graduate program 23rd in the nation in 2007.

Engineer your future!

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

  • Engineering management–Learn to manage a successful company by taking engineering management-related courses like supply chain management, technical sales, economics, marketing, and accounting.
  • Manufacturing–Plan a successful manufacturing operation by studying processes, production systems, and quality-control procedures.
  • Human factors–Study the relationship between people and machines, then design workspaces that are safer and more productive.
  • Enterprise computing–Design and implement cutting-edge computational techniques for today’s high-tech world.
  • Operations research–Find the best solution for improving a system by optimizing inventory, scheduling, transportation, and logistics.

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.

  • The average starting salary of industrial engineering graduates is $61,000/year.
  • Co-op and internship salaries for our students range from $2,430 to $3,580 a month.
  • More than 500 companies and agencies visit the College of Engineering each year to recruit our students.
  • 96% of our students have in-profession placement in their field within six months of graduation.

Do things better!

That’s the common goal for industrial engineers. If you are looking for a flexible career path, industrial engineering is for you! Wherever you choose to work–in finance, manufacturing, telecommunications, logistics, or another field–as an industrial engineer, you make things better!

Consider these products and services people use everyday:

  • Consumer products–Have you ever purchased a new product and found that it was difficult to use? Study the relationships between people and the products they use and then design products that are easier to use.
  • Health care products–Would you like to help save people’s lives while being an engineer? Learn how to ensure that quality and consistent products are produced for devices that can save hundreds of thousands of lives each year.
  • Airlines–How does an airline determine the best schedule so that its customers are satisfied with travel options and, at the same time, the airline can reduce operating costs? Learn techniques to find good solutions to complicated problems involving scheduling and logistics.

What is industrial engineering?

Hosted by Terry Bradshaw, the video below from the Institute of Industrial Engineers explains some of the applications of industrial engineers and why the profession will always be in high demand.

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