Industrial Engineering : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria

See the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Acceptance Criteria in the Undergraduate Catalog

Current Application Information
Students can select IE as a major if they are students in good standing within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, or when they apply to UB. Non-engineering students seeking to change their major to IE should first apply to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

Freshman and sophomore course requirements are consistent with those of other engineering departments, and consist of mathematics, physical (and/or biological) sciences, engineering science, and computer programming. It is simple to transfer among engineering majors in the freshman and sophomore years.

Junior and senior level IE courses focus on the application of mathematics and engineering science to IE problems in areas of operations research, human factors, facility design, engineering economy, quality control, production planning, and simulation.

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.

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: over 100 (engineering-wide courses)
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 50-80 (engineering-wide courses)
Upper level/advanced courses is: 20-40 (industrial engineering courses)

In the Department of Industrial Engineering, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

TAs hold office hours to answer students' questions about homework and exam preparation, grade homework (exams are normally graded by instructors), manage lab assignments, and hold recitation sessions.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

Undergraduate IE students at UB have access to award-winning faculty who maintain high standards in teaching and research activities in diverse expertise areas (Human Factors, Operations Research, and Production Systems). The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has eleven full-time faculty, and seven affiliated or adjunct faculty, all holding a Ph.D. degree. Class sizes in IE are small (often less than forty students) insuring personal connections between students and faculty. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, our faculty regularly involve undergraduate students in ongoing engineering research. In surveys of our graduating seniors, interactions with faculty are consistently cited as one of the best aspects of the department.

The Undergraduate Director, Dr. Ann Bisantz, can be contacted at bisantz@buffalo.edu.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

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.

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Undergraduates are encouraged to work with faculty members on independent study (student initiated) or participate in faculty members' ongoing research involving studies of systems, humans, and their interaction. Students may receive academic credit or in some cases may be paid as undergraduate research assistants. Recently, undergraduates 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 are completed as a one-day per week internship during the spring semester of the senior year. Students can also take advantage of the co-op program administered through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which blends work experiences with an undergraduate degree. Please visit http://www.eng-intern.buffalo.edu/ for more information.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

The department annually awards the Frederick Thomas Scholarship and the Thomas-Karwan Scholarship to outstanding undergraduate students; and the John Zahorjan scholarship for Master of Engineering study; students are also eligible for a number of other School of Engineering scholarships.

Extracurricular Activities

Our undergraduate students are active in student chapters of many national professional societies, including:

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME)
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
INFORMS
Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society
Omega Rho, the operations research honor society
Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Industrial Engineering

Minors that Complement Industrial Engineering

Courses outside Industrial Engineering that could improve employment opportunities or can serve as technical electives:

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:27 EST