American Univesity of Beirut

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM)

​Maddah, Bacel
Professors:Maddah, Bacel; Salameh, Moueen; Yassine, Ali
Assistant Professors:Al-Qaisi, Saif; Azar, Jimmy; Hani, Selim; Moacdieh, Nadine; Noueihed, Maher; Tarhini, Hussein
Senior Lecturers:Abillama, Walid; Charif, Hassan; Nehme, Nabil; Noueihed, Nazim; Saad, Youssef; Trabulsi, Samir
Lecturers:Bdeir, Fadl; Hamade, Tarek; Itani, Bilal; Kalach, Mayssa; Khraibani, Rayan; Rahi, Khalil
Instructors:Gharios, Nadim; Jaafar, Maysaa; Kadi, Samir; Olleik, Majd ; Sfeir, Rana

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management offers an undergraduate degree program leading to a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Engineering Management.

Bachelor of Engineering (BE)

Major: Industrial Engineering (IE)

The Industrial Engineering Program extends over a four-year period and is offered exclusively on a daytime, on-campus basis. The program is offered in eleven terms whereby eight terms are 16-week Fall/Spring terms given over four years, and three terms are eight-week summer terms taken during the first three years of the program. In the summer term of the third year (Term IX), students are required to participate in a practical training program with a local, regional or international organization. The entire program is equivalent to five academic years but is completed in four calendar years with three summer terms.

Program Mission

The mission of the Industrial Engineering program is to graduate students who assume leadership positions in the industrial engineering profession and excel in graduate education. Our graduates are sought to be lifelong learners that contribute to the wellbeing of Lebanon and the region.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the IE program will be able to:

  • assume key roles in a range of industries that use industrial engineering, including manufacturing and service.
  • effectively participate in, coordinate and manage diverse teams of engineers and analysts, especially in large-scale systems.
  • pursue advanced degrees in industrial engineering and other related fields at reputable regional and international universities.
  • appreciate the importance of professional ethics and actively use their knowledge and experience to the benefit of the community.

IE Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, IE students will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to model, optimize and evaluate integrated systems of people, technology and information.
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary engineering teams.
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems and to develop integrated solutions to large-scale, sociotechnical problems through quantitative models.
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • an ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in, lifelong learning.
  • knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Requirements

The BE curriculum in Industrial Engineering is a four-year program (with three summers) consisting of 143 credit hours of coursework.

The IE curriculum is supported by four pillars:

a) basic science courses, b) general education courses, c) basic business courses and d) general engineering fundamental courses.

The specific course requirements are as follows:

  • Basic Science Courses: MATH 201, MATH 202, MATH 218/219, MATH 251, STAT 230, PHYS 210, PHYS 210L, CHEM 201/202, CHEM 203, BIOL 210
  • General Education Requirements: 6 credits in English, ENGL 203 and ENGL 206; an Arabic elective; 12 credits in the humanities including INDE 410; 6 credits in the social sciences including ECON 211
  • Basic Business Courses: MNGT 215, ACCT 210, MKTG 210
  • Engineering Fundamentals: CIVE 210, MECH 220, MECH 230, EECE 210, EECE 230, MECH 421

The IE courses are distributed in three core areas:

a) Operations Research, b) Engineering Management and c) Production Systems.


​Term I (Fall)
FEAA 200​Introduction to Engineering and Architecture
CIVE 210Statics3
PHYS 210Introductory Physics II3
PHYS 210LIntroductory Physics LAB II1
MATH 201Calculus and Analytic Geometry III3
ENGL 203Academic English3
​ ​ Total 16
​ ​ ​
​Term II (Spring)
EECE 210​Electric Circuits
MECH 230Dynamics​3
MECH 220Engineering Graphics​1
MATH 202Differential Equations​3
EECE 230Introduction to Programming​3
ARAB XXXArabic Elective​3
​ ​ ​Total 16
​ ​ ​
​Term III (Summer)
MATH 218/219 ​Linear Algebra
STAT 230Introduction to Probability and Random Variables​3
ECON 211Microeconomic Theory​3
​ ​ ​Total 9
​ ​ ​
​Term IV (Fall)
MNGT 215​Fundamentals of Management and Organizational Behavior
​BIOL 210​Human Biology​3
​CHEM 201/202​Chemistry Course​3
​CHEM 203​Chemistry Lab​2
​INDE 301​Engineering Economy​3
​INDE 302​Operations Research I​3
​ ​ ​Total 17
​ ​ ​
​Term V (Spring)
ACCT 210​Financial Accounting
MATH 251Numerical Computing​3
INDE 303Operations Research II​3
INDE 320Work Measurement and Methods Engineering​3
ENGL 206Technical English​3
​ ​ ​Total 15
​ ​ ​
​Term VI (Summer)
MKTG 210​Principles of Marketing
Technical Elective 1​3
Humanities Elective 1​3
​ ​ ​Total 9
​ ​ ​
​Term VII (Fall)
INDE 410​Engineering Ethics
INDE 412Engineering Entrepreneurship​3
INDE 421Human Factors Engineering​3
INDE 411Introduction to Project Management​3
Technical Elective 2​3
​ ​ ​Total 15
​ ​ ​
​Term VIII (Spring)
INDE 402​Facilities Planning and Material Handling
INDE 430Statistical Quality Control​3
INDE 431Production Planning and Inventory Control​3
MECH 421Manufacturing Processes I​3
Humanities Elective 2​3
​ ​ ​Total 15
​ ​ ​
​Term IX (Summer)
INDE 500Approved Experience​0
​ ​ ​Total 0
​ ​ ​
​Term X (Fall)
INDE 501​Final Year Project I
INDE 504Discrete Event Simulation4
INDE 513Information Systems​3
Humanities Elective 3​3
Technical Elective 3​3
​ ​ ​Total 16
​ ​ ​
​Term XI (Spring)
INDE 502​Final Year Project II
INDE 533Industrial Automation​3
INDE 534Manufacturing Systems Analysis​3
Social Sciences Elective​3
Technical Elective 4​3
​ ​ ​Total 15
 ​Total Credit Hours 143

The 12-credit technical electives requirement should consist of (i) 6-9 credits from the graduate courses offered by the IEM Department, (ii) 0-3 credits from outside the IEM Department and (iii) 3 credits from sciences.

Minor in Engineering Management

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management offers a minor in Engineering Management that can be pursued by undergraduate Engineering and Architecture students, as well as by students from related majors, starting as early as the fall term of their third year of enrollment. Only students who have a cumulative average of 70 (GPA: 2.2) or more are eligible to apply for the minor. To satisfy the requirements of this minor, a student (GPA:2.2 or more) must earn 18 credits of coursework from the IEM Department course offerings as follows:

  • 9 credits from the undergraduate (Industrial Engineering) courses offered by the IEM Department, which must include INDE 301 Engineering Economy.
  • 9 credits from either the undergraduate or the graduate (Engineering Management) courses offered by the IEM Department.
  • A minimum grade of 70 (C+) is required for a course to be counted toward the fulfillment of a minor in Engineering Management. Additionally, a cumulative average of 75 (GPA: 2.7) or above in all minor courses is required.

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