2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 29, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Engineering, M.S.

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Advisor:  M. Ali Montazer, Professor, Ph.D., University of Buffalo

The Industrial Engineering discipline in its modern form contributes to the design, building, operation, management, and optimization of complex systems in all sectors of modern life, including manufacturing, government, education, aerospace, transportation, logistics, and service industries. The MSIE program provides graduate education and training for industrial engineers with a Bachelor's degree, and for engineers and scientists in other disciplines who seek advanced course work in systems engineering and optimization, quality assurance, lean six sigma, manufacturing, engineering management, procurement, and the efficient use of both human and technological resources. The program offers excellent preparation for advancement in manufacturing organizations and for those seeking management positions in operations, supply chain, and technology.

Program Outcomes 

  1. Demonstrate competence in industrial statistics and use of advance tools.
  2. Use simulation as an advance tool for complex problems.
  3. Recognize system problems in manufacturing and service and contribute to their solutions.
  4. Manage quality assurance and control processes using advance tools.
  5. Perform probability and decision analysis using software and advance problem solving tools.
  6. Work with supply chains and customer-supplier relationships.
  7. Manage factory or service operations including cost analysis and control, scheduling, productivity and quality management.

Students must complete a minimum total of 30 graduate credits.  Students can choose between two tracks: general or systems engineering.

MSIE Program Placement

For candidates holding the BSIE (or BSISE), or similar degree, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an ABET-accredited program, the MSIE. can be earned by successfully completing 30 credit hours of course and project work. Inadequate undergraduate preparation or prerequisite deficiencies identified by the coordinator or faculty advisor may result in a requirement of more than 30 credits. Candidates not holding a BSIE from an ABET-accredited program would be required to take, at a minimum, preliminary course work - INDE 6607 and INDE 6609 - if that material had not been satisfactorily completed prior to enrollment.

M.S.I.E. Program Components

Select one of two tracks (15 credits):

Research Project Requirement

The project requirement of the program is met through INDE 6681, a required project course.  Students who wish to go beyond the minimum graduation requirement of the Research Project within a course may elect to undertake an additional 3 credits of INDE 6690 (Research Project) working on a topic of interest with a faculty advisor.  Projects involving scenarios from an industrial or corporate setting are encouraged.

Students looking to pursue the Ph.D. program may, with concurrence of the program advisor, elect to enroll in 3-6 credits, INDE 6698 (Thesis I) and INDE 6699 (Thesis II).  Students are strongly advised to discuss this option with the program advisor early on, potentially as early as the first semester of the MS study to have sufficient time to invest in the process of research, write-up, and defense of the thesis.

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