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Industrial Engineers are concerned with the design, implementation, and improvement of integrated systems of people, materials, equipment and energy.

A major distinction between industrial engineering and other branches of engineering is that the industrial engineer must consider not only the action of machines that are governed by physical laws but also the behavior of people in organizations. Industrial engineering is often called the people-oriented engineering discipline, and its applications span the fields of manufacturing, service, healthcare, finance, and government.

The Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Educational Objectives:

Within the first several years following graduation from the Industrial Engineering program, graduates are expected to be:

  1. Working as professionals by adding value in any one of the following sectors:

    • Service
    • Government
    • Consulting
    • Retail
    • Manufacturing
  2. Pursuing or holding a graduate degree and/or developing professionally through continuing education, licensure, certification and seminars in a new area or their chosen areas of expertise.


Students who qualify for graduation in the Industrial Engineering program will have demonstrated the following:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


The curriculum includes required courses in mathematics and the physical sciences that ensure a firm scientific background. The advanced departmental courses provide specialization. Required courses in the humanities and social sciences give students the social, ethical and ecological awareness needed in their profession. The courses are designed with the prerequisite structure in mind so that students have to draw from previously acquired knowledge to successfully complete upper level course requirements.

The engineering design experience is interwoven in the curriculum throughout the students’ four years of study. Starting with IEN 111 Introduction to Engineering I and IEN 112 Introduction to Engineering, an introduction to Engineering graphics, Auto CAD, Excel, and C are given. The students then move on to take IEN 201 Methods Analysis and Work Design where they perform work measurement projects in industry, write reports, and make oral presentations to management. Students take IEN 361 Industrial Cost Analysis and IEN 380 Engineering Economy where they become aware of the impact of productivity on the economic and social well-being of industry and countries. The students are also introduced to basic models of decision making such as the formulation and evaluation of an economic strategy. IEN 406 Computer-Aided Manufacturing introduces the students to product design in manufacturing and modern concepts of CAD/CAM/Automation. IEN 465 Production and Inventory Control provides a thorough treatment of modern inventory management policies. In IEN 557 Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering both laboratory projects and real-world projects are designed, discussed, and presented. Industry-based projects are embedded into several other courses such as IEN 512 Statistical Quality Control and Quality Management, IEN 547 Computer Simulation Systems, and IEN 568 Materials Handling and Facilities Planning. IEN 494 Senior Project is a capstone project course where the students pull all of their knowledge and previous design experience into one major project integrating all components of the curriculum together. These projects are usually industry-based. Students prepare written and oral presentations. These presentations are made before top management or engineers of the organization where the projects were conducted. Faculty representatives from the department are also in attendance.

Real world projects are an integral part of most junior and senior level courses. In these courses, communication is emphasized through requirements for oral presentation and written technical reports. This experience provides the graduates with valuable industrial experience and communications skills while studying at the University of Miami. Our state-of-the-art teaching laboratories meet current program needs and are constantly kept up to date. Equipment and experiments are geared to provide instruction in the areas of production system design, work methods and measurement, human factors engineering, manufacturing processes, computer applications in industrial engineering and operations research.


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