Industrial Engineering

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
438 Bell Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-2050

Phone: 716.645.2357
Fax: 716.645.3302
Web: www.ie.buffalo.edu

Rakesh Nagi
Chair

Ann Bisantz
Director of Undergraduate Studies

About the Program

The Industrial and Systems Engineering (IE) department at UB offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in industrial and systems engineering, including an accredited bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering (B.S.I.E).

Industrial engineers apply knowledge from mathematical, physical, information and human sciences to study, design and improve systems which combine people, computers, automation, transportation, energy, and information. A B.S. degree in industrial engineering from UB leads to fascinating careers in industries as diverse as airline operations, automotive manufacturing, health services, military operations, and financial services. IE graduates have maximum flexibility to pursue their goals for advancement in management as well as systems design.

At UB, students are taught by award-winning faculty, and can learn about and participate in cutting-edge research in areas such as biomedical prototyping, human-computer interaction, design for disabled individuals, hazardous materials routing, aviation safety and security, and data mining.

IEs are well suited to solve modern management problems, using sophisticated quantitative analysis, and dealing with highly technical issues. With the rapid infusion of computer technology into manufacturing processes, coupled with the demand for higher product quality in a competitive marketplace, IEs are in a special position to tackle many corporate challenges.

All undergraduate IE students are required to complete a faculty supervised, industry based internship or co-op -- we make sure students have the job skills they will need.

At our departmental website, http://www.ie.buffalo.edu, there is a complete description of the department, profiles of current students and faculty, and exciting news and events about the students, faculty, and research programs in IE.

Notable Program Features

Many IE courses take advantage of UB�s technologically equipped classrooms. The IE department provides its students with a computing laboratory equipped with state of the art software, as well as a recently renovated manufacturing and human factors laboratory.

Our students have the flexibility to take technical electives from a broad range of disciplines including behavioral sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and management.

Degree Options

Undergraduate: B.S.
Combined: B.S./M.B.A., B.S./M.Eng., B.S./M.S.

Special Programs: Six Sigma Certification is available with completion of additional work experiences and examinations (see department web site for details).

Acceptance Information

Students may apply to the IE program as incoming freshmen; as transfer students; during the freshman and sophomore year if they are in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences but have not declared a particular engineering major; or at any time from other engineering majors. Students from non-engineering backgrounds must meet criteria for acceptance into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and are encouraged to contact the IE Undergraduate Director.

Advisement

Interested students are encouraged to seek advice on course registration from the engineering advisors in Bonner Hall, or from the IE Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Ann Bisantz (bisantz@buffalo.edu). Once admitted to the IE major, all students are assigned a faculty advisor.

Transfer Policy

Students wishing to transfer courses to apply to the IE degree should contact either engineering advisors in Bonner Hall, or the IE Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

The department annually awards the Frederick Thomas Scholarship to an outstanding junior; students are also eligible for a number of other School of Engineering scholarships.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Undergraduate Research & Independent Study

Undergraduates are encouraged to work with faculty members on independent study (student initiated) or participate in faculty member�s ongoing research involving studies of systems, humans, and their interaction. Students may receive academic credit (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity or Independent Study) or in some cases may be paid as undergraduate research assistants. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity serves as a clearing house for information regarding undergraduate research opportunities. Recently, undergraduates in IE have participated in projects involving aviation safety and security, production systems, and human decision-making. Students may complete a senior thesis if appropriate.

Internships and Co-op Opportunities

All undergraduate IE students complete supervised projects as a required part of the IE curriculum. These projects can be completed as a one-day per week internship during the fall semester of the senior year, or between the junior and senior years as a student identified internship.

Work experience is also available through the Engineering Career Institute program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Engineering Career Institute (EAS 396, 1 academic credit) provides career-effectiveness skills and co-op placement assistance during the junior year. This may be followed by one to three co-op work experiences (EAS 496, 2 academic credit hours). Descriptions of co-op courses may be found at http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu/academicprograms/eas.shtml

Career Opportunities/Further Study

After receiving the bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering, students have the option of seeking immediate employment or pursuing advanced study at the graduate level. The range of choices for graduate study is wide and can include management, law, and medicine, as well as graduate study in industrial engineering.

Industrial engineers apply their skills in a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, supply and distribution, service industries (such as hospitals, government, educational institutions, and banks), transportation, energy, environment, military, and construction.

Industrial Engineering - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in technical and engineering courses.

Note: Students may apply directly to IE as an entering freshman or transfer student.

Note: Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in this catalog for additional requirements.

Advising Notes

Students must satisfy School of Engineering and Applied Sciences GPA requirements in engineering courses as well as university requirements to receive a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Required Courses

Basic science elective (CHE 108, PHY 207, BIO 200 or BIO 201)
CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers
EAS 140 Engineering Solutions
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 208 Dynamics or EAS 209 Mechanics of Solids
EAS 230 Higher-Level Language
EAS 305 Applied Probability
EAS 396 Engineering Career Institute
IE 306 Statistical Methods for Engineering
IE 320 Engineering Economy
IE 321 Production Systems
IE 323 Ergonomics
IE 326 Planning for Production
IE 327 Facilities Design
IE 373 Introduction to Operations Research: Deterministic Models
IE 374 Introduction to Operations Research: Probabilistic Models
IE 408 Quality Assurance
IE 420 Industrial and Systems Laboratory
IE 477 Digital Simulation
IE 496 Industrial Engineering Internship
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 Physics II Lab
One engineering science elective; must be chosen from EAS 200, EAS 204, or EAS 209 (if EAS 208 is taken)
One free elective
Five technical electives (two must be IE courses including one of either IE 441 or IE 435; other choices are restricted to those approved by the department)

Note: IE 496 (3 credits) and EAS 396 (1 credit) compose the internship requirement.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 113

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall�CHE 107, EAS 140, MTH 141
Spring�MTH 142, PHY 107, basic science elective; IE 101 (optional)

SECOND YEAR
Fall�EAS 207, EAS 230, MTH 241, PHY 108, PHY 158
Spring�EAS 208 or EAS 209; IE 320, MTH 306, one engineering science elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall�EAS 305, IE 321, IE 326, IE 373
Spring�IE 306, IE 323, IE 327, IE 374, EAS 396

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�IE 408, IE 420, IE 477, IE 496, 1 technical elective
Spring� 4 Technical electives, 1 free elective

Electives and Course Groupings

Students must take a minimum of 15 credit hours of technical electives, distributed as follows:

A minimum of 6 credit hours from the IE department including 3 hours of IE 441 or IE 435.

A minimum of 6 credit hours of 300/400/500-level courses offered by the Department of Industrial Engineering and other engineering departments or approved departments in the College of Arts and Sciences or in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (see the IE director of undergraduate studies for details on departments meeting this criterion).

A maximum of 6 credit hours can be taken from the list below. **

(Note: Limited space may be available for nonmajors in many of the following courses.)

CSE 114 Introduction to Computer Science II
CSE 241 Digital Systems
CSE 250 Algorithms and Data Structures
EAS 480 Technical Communication or EAS 483 Engineering Procedure Writing (both may not be applied)
ECO 405 Microeconomic Theory
ECO 406 Topics in Microeconomic Theory
ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory
MGA 201 Introduction to Accounting 1
MGA 202 Introduction to Accounting 2
PSY 333 Psychology of Work in Organizations
PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 342 Cognitive Science
PSY 343 Sensory Processes and Perception
300/400-level management school courses (except MGQ)

**Additional courses in management, economics, and psychology may be applied; please see the IE department for additional information and explicit permission to use the course for a technical elective.

Industrial Engineering/Business Administration - B.S / M.B.A

Acceptance Criteria

Good standing as an industrial engineering student and acceptance as a graduate student by the School of Management.

Advising Notes

Students apply directly to the management school during their junior year to be admitted to the MBA program. The MBA courses listed below are representative of those currently required but may change prior to a students' acceptance into the MBA program. Students should confirm MBA program requirements upon their application & acceptance to that program directly with the School of Management.

Required Courses

Basic science elective (CHE 108, PHY 207, BIO 200 or BIO 201)
CHE 107 General Chemistry I
EAS 140 Engineering Solutions
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 208 Dynamics or EAS 209 Mechanics of Solids
EAS 230 Higher Level Language
EAS 305 Applied Probability
EAS 396 Engineering Career Institute
IE 306 Statistical Methods
IE 320 Engineering Economy
IE 321 Production Systems
IE 323 Ergonomics
IE 326 Planning for Production
IE 327 Facilities Design
IE 373 Introduction to Operations Research: Deterministic Models
IE 374 Introduction to Operations Research: Probabilistic Models
IE 408 Quality Assurance
IE 420 Industrial & Systems Laboratory
IE 477 Digital Simulation
IE 496 Industrial Engineering Internship (3)
MGA 604 Introduction to Financial Accounting
MGA 609 Management Accounting
MGB 601 Behavioral and Organizational Concepts for Management
MGE 601 Economics for Managers
MGF 631 Financial Management
MGG 635 Business Communications
MGM 625 Marketing Management
MGO 630 Operations and Service Management
MGO 641 Strategic Management
MGT 601 Ethics & Corporate Finance
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

One engineering science elective; must be chosen from EAS 200, EAS 204, or EAS 209 (if EAS 208 is taken)
Two IE technical electives (selected from the IE department), including one from IE 435 or IE 441
Six M.B.A electives
One MBA Practicum

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion: 101
Total required credit hours for the degree: 113

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the School of Management's handbook for requirements for MBA candidates.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall�CHE 107, EAS 140, MTH 141
Spring�MTH 142, PHY 107, basic science elective; IE 101 (optional)

SECOND YEAR
Fall�EAS 207, EAS 230, MTH 241, PHY 108, PHY 158
Spring�EAS 208 or EAS 209; IE 320, MTH 306, one engineering science elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall�EAS 305, IE 321, IE 326, IE 373
Spring�IE 306, IE 323, IE 327, IE 374, EAS 495

FOURTH YEAR
Fall� IE 496, MGA 604, MGB 601, MGE 601, MGT 601, MGF 631; one of the following: IE 408, IE 477
Spring� MGS 641, MGM 625, MGS 630, MGF 631, MGG 635, one IE technical elective

Summer�Students can lighten their course load by taking a technical or MBA elective.

FIFTH YEAR
Fall�IE 420, IE 408 or IE 477; three MBA electives, MBA Practicum
Spring�MGA 609, three MBA electives, IE Technical Elective

Contact School of Management for flex core course and elective options.

Note: It may be possible to take move a MBA elective to the spring semester, in order to take an IE elective in the fall semester. Students should consult with MBA and IE advisors in choosing their electives if there are any questions.

Upon completion of undergraduate program requirements and all management requirements, the combined degree is conferred at the end of the fifth year.

Course Descriptions

IE 101 Discover Industrial Engineering

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces students to the field of industrial engineering, and the IE department at UB, through a series of real life IE case studies and examples.

IE 306 Statistical Methods for Engineering

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 305
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Principles and methodologies of statistical inference; methods of data analysis; point and interval estimation; tests of hypotheses; correlation and regression. Introduces analysis of variance methods.

IE 320 Engineering Economy

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Applied concepts of economic decision making, including present worth analysis, cash-flow equivalence, replacement analysis, equipment selection. Open to students in any discipline.

IE 321 Production Systems

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  junior standing in engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Lecture and plant-visit course, exposes students to production processes and the role of industrial engineering. Topics include the production process as a human/machine system; planning, organizing, and control in industry.

IE 323 Ergonomics

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 305
Corequisites:  IE 306
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Focuses on the interactions of humans with tasks, equipment, and the environment as part of the workplace system. Students learn about human capabilities and limitations, applications of human factors/ergonomics principles to system design, methodologies for human-system analysis, and experimental design and data analysis applied to human factors problems.

IE 326 Planning for Production

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  junior standing in engineering
Corequisites:  IE 373
Type:  LEC/REC

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Examines principles central to the planning of a production process. These include topics germane to the planning, scheduling, and control of production.

IE 327 Facilities Design

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  IE 326
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Basics of design, analysis, and selection of manufacturing facilities and material-handling equipment. Approaches to analyzing manufacturing and material-handling systems. Applications of computers in modern facilities design and material handling, emphasizing material-flow control and storage. Economic justification models for manufacturing and material-handling systems.

IE 373 Introduction to Operations Research: Deterministic Models

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  junior standing in engineering or its equivalent
Corequisites:  IE 326
Type:  LEC/REC

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Concepts of operations research methodology including objective functions, theories of value, and optimization. Elementary mathematical models of reliability, Markov decision processes, waiting-line models with Poisson arrival and exponential service, game theory, and decision analysis.

IE 374 Introduction to Operations Research: Probabilistic Models

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 305, IE 373
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Continuation of IE 373, including uncertainty, risk, and the probabilistic approach in operations research. Topics include elementary mathematical models of game theory, decision analysis, stochastic dynamic programming, stochastic processes (including Markov chains and Markov decision processes) and queues (waiting lines).

IE 406 Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  IE 321 and permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Basic and important principles in computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM). Based on an understanding of modern production and manufacturing systems, the course further introduces to students the use of computers for the integration of all functional areas in a manufacturing enterprise. Topics include computer-aided design (CAD), geometric models and data structures, computer-aided process planning (CAPP), group technology (GT), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and database applications in manufacturing.

IE 408 Quality Assurance

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  IE 306 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Topics in statistical quality-control systems. Principles involved in designing statistical quality-control systems and sampling acceptance plans. Design and analysis of a wide variety of statistical control systems. Considers the utility of these techniques in the attainment of working control objectives.

IE 409 Six Sigma Quality

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  IE 408
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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A set of management principles and methods for improving the quality of the product(s) produced and ultimately the productivity of the organization. The course focuses on team building and encouraging employee involvement in problem solving. Students are taught how to involve all employees in reducing product variation and eliminating rework and scrap.

IE 412 Decision Analysis

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 305
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Decision analysis that extends the domain of decision-making problems from those considered in traditional statistical hypothesis testing scenarios: modeling decisions, which emphasize structuring decision problems using techniques such as influence diagrams and decision trees; modeling uncertainty, which covers subjective probability assessment, use of classical probability models, Bayesian analysis, and value of information; and modeling preferences, which introduces concepts of risk preference, expected utility, and multi-attribute value and utility models.

IE 420 Industrial and Systems Laboratory

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  All required 300 level courses
Corequisites:  IE 477
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Integrates and applies knowledge from multiple aspects of industrial engineering to analyze and solve real-world ID problems. Combines knowledge of production planning, facilities design, operations research, and human factors.

IE 435 Human-Computer Interaction

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  IE 323 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Familiarizes students with the principles and practice of use- and user-centered design of human-computer interfaces. By the end of the course, students are able to identify, describe, and implement a subset of methods appropriate for requirements gathering, user and task modeling, prototype development, and user test plan development, implementation, and analysis. Additionally, students are able to apply principles in user-centered design to interface design.

IE 436 Work Physiology

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  IE 323 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces structure and functioning of the human body. Examines environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and biological rhythms; and applications and implications of physiological measures, such as energy expenditures, heart rate, and E.M.G.

IE 441 Human Factors in Safety

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  IE 323 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Overall view of the professional field, particularly emphasizing the role of the human, and human factors, in safe working systems. Provides information relevant to understanding basic concepts associated with systems safety, such as the legislative environment, management culture, and sources of workplace hazards; understanding the need to consider the human when designing safe, complex systems; and analyzing a work system to predict its hazards and select possible interventions.

IE 459 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing in engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Studies special areas of interest to students and instructor. Content varies from section to section and semester to semester.

IE 460 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing in engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Studies special areas of interest to students and instructor. Content varies from section to section and semester to semester.

IE 477 Digital Simulation

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  IE 306, IE 374, and computer programming skills
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Topics include the development of digital simulation models of complex systems using up-to-date software tools and methods.

IE 482 Robotics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing in engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Analyzes robots and robotic systems: kinematics, coordinate transform, numerical control, off-line programming, robot vision, and simulation of robotic systems.

IE 496 Industrial Internship

Credits:  1 \ 2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Senior standing in Industrial engineering (all required 300 level IE courses are prerequisties), EAS 396
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/TUT

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A field experience working on an industrial engineering project in a manufacturing plant, hospital, library, police department, or similar location under the joint direction of a preceptor from industry and a faculty advisor. Projects are selected that integrate the material learned in academic courses. Requires a written report and an oral presentation.

IE 498 Undergraduate Research

Credits:  1 - 3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on ongoing research of the faculty member or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

IE 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 12
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Student directed independent learning activity guided & mentored by faculty. Students should discuss registration with the faculty member and have a plan in writing upon registering. Note that activities that are primarily research (vs. study or project based) should be conducted under the IE 498 number.

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