Industrial Engineering : Overview

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Contact Information

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

Phone: 716.645.2357
Fax: 716.645.3302
Web Address:
Rakesh Nagi
Li Lin
Director of Undergraduate Studies


The Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) 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 (BSIE).

Graduates from UB's BSIE program will achieve the following professional goals:
Think critically and creatively to identify, define, and solve important and relevant industrial engineering problems through careers in industry, government, and academia;
Engage in life-long learning through professional development and further graduate education;
Function effectively, at all levels of an organization, in settings that are diverse, global and multi-disciplinary;
Communicate effectively to diverse audiences, through all appropriate formats;
Promote the Industrial Engineering profession through participation in outreach, civic, educational, or professional society activities.

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 and service systems, 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 - we make sure students have the job skills they will need.

At our departmental website,, 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.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:27 EST