As the saying goes, some engineers make things, but industrial engineers make things better. From determining the best times for airplanes to take off, the optimal number of products to stock, the most suitable interface for a task, or the shortest path for a vehicle, industrial engineers are passionate about optimizing the world. In other words, industrial engineers strive to make things as efficient, fast, cost-effective, and safe as they can be.
To this end, the Industrial Engineering (IE) program at AUB provides students with the expertise that they need to become successful leaders and difference-makers in this field. Students in the IE program learn a range of valuable skills. The courses in the IE program cover a variety of topics, such as operations research, ergonomics, management, economics and finance and statistics.
The IE program prepares students for careers in domains ranging from consulting and healthcare to manufacturing, retail, and finance. According to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.bls.gov), IE “is versatile both in the nature of the work it does and in the industries in which its expertise can be put to use (…) Firms in a variety of industries are seeking new ways to contain costs and improve efficiency, leading to more demand for these workers." Graduates of the IE program are also well-prepared to pursue graduate studies in engineering and related fields.
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, socio-technical 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.
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- a knowledge of contemporary issues.
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.