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Industrial Engineering

College of Engineering

As an industrial engineer, you will have the broadest variety of opportunities, as this profession found in virtually every type of industry. You will find industrial engineers in distribution companies, financial markets, manufacturing firms, healthcare, and technology, to name a few. You will learn all the tools you need for problem solving and decision-making in complex real world systems. The curriculum incorporates a blend of theory, laboratory, and industry-based project work that will prepare you to enter the profession and/or graduate study.

Why Choose Industrial and Engineering Management?

Industrial engineers take a system’s view of things and strive to improve products and processes. You may work in a hospital, trying to design new emergency room procedures to improve wait times and decrease costs, or in an automobile manufacturing plant trying to redesign a production line for better worker ergonomics and improved quality. Maybe you would like to work in a distribution center, analyzing and improving the operations for better customer satisfaction, or as an operations analyst conducting system monitoring, or even designing the layout of a theme park for the best guest flow and minimal wait times. The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the career flexibility it offers.

What Will You Study?

Your faculty will inspire and challenge you through a flexible curriculum that allows you to take courses in production management, quality, statistics, analytics, supply chains, operations research, finance, and more. You will graduate as a well-rounded industrial engineer with an entrepreneurial perspective of business operations as they pertain to engineering.

We also offer programs to accelerate your studies to achieve your personal goals.

Accelerated combined degree programs include:

  • Five-year Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering/Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Five-year Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering/Master of Science in Engineering Management
  • Five-year Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering/MBA
  • Six-year Engineering/Law

Students can also choose to further their education after the completion of their bachelor degree in the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Management

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the BSIE major will:

  • Implement effective solutions which successfully integrate people, materials, information, equipment, capital, and energy
  • Effectively collaborate and communicate in individual and team settings
  • Successfully apply contemporary tools, knowledge, experience, and critical thinking to effectively solve engineering problems
  • Continually increase knowledge and experience throughout their career
  • Contribute as well-informed, ethical, and dependable members of society

Student Outcomes

The program has documented student outcomes that support the program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering. Student outcomes are listed below:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment and Degree Statistics


Bachelor's Degrees Awarded
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Career Opportunities

Industrial engineering offers a versatile career in virtually any industry. Our graduates have been hired at Disney World®, General Dynamics, Hazen Paper, Johnson & Johnson, LEGO Systems, Lowes Distribution Center, Northeast Utilities, Pratt & Whitney, Smith & Wesson, Stanley Black & Decker, Synergy Investments, and UTC Aerospace Systems. Other students head directly to graduate school, including Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Quinnipiac University, University of Alabama, and Western New England University.

Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities

Students are encouraged to take on internships to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world industry. Recent internship sites include Bozzuto’s Inc., Disney World®, General Dynamics, ISO New England, Sikorsky, and UTC Aerospace Systems.

Engineering Abroad
The College of Engineering has a global vision for engineering education. As such, students have a variety of opportunities to study abroad with the University.

Research Opportunities

Our students participate in research projects with faculty and collaborate on projects within their majors and beyond. They also have opportunities to travel regionally and nationally to present their design projects and research papers at professional conferences.

Recent examples of research include:

  • Work with the Center for Advanced Training Research and Naturalistic Studies (ATRANS). Their research involves the development and testing of advanced hazard perception training for teens using an iPad-based driving simulator
  • Work with the Center for Global Health Engineering to create sustainable healthcare solutions for developing countries
  • Work with professors to test and analyze different lithium ion batteries in order to determine how their capacity for energy changes over time

Student Competitions

There are several student competitions each year that allow you to present your hard work and compete with students from other schools. Entries include design projects, academic papers, and research conducted with faculty members. Students also enter their entrepreneurial inventions in the Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards to vie for prize money to fund their own business or product or incubate their newest ideas through the Western Mass Innovation Jam.

Our students have also competed in and won awards in regional, national, and international design competitions, such as the Institute of Industrial Engineers International Student Simulation Competition.

Labs and Facilities

The Industrial Engineering Laboratory is equipped with over $8 million worth of commercial edition software. This includes the Dessault Systems PLM product that was used to design and evaluate the Boeing 787. Other software packages include Flexsim, MINITAB, CPLEX, LINDO, ARENA, SAP, CATIA, and eVSM.

Clubs & Organizations

Industrial Engineering students may have interests in: Institute of Industrial Engineers, American Society of Engineering Management, National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, or the FIRST® Robotics Club. Many of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.

Clubs and Organizations


The personal attention you'll receive from our faculty is unparalleled. They will become your mentors, learning partners, and colleagues during the four years of your education. Not only will you work with them in the classroom, but you'll also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research and development projects. Our interests span the breadth of Industrial Engineering in areas such as supply chain management, discrete event systems, quality, reliability, global health, human factors, and risk management.



Program leading to BS in Industrial Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Unique Learning Opportunities

  • First Year Program

    "Design, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking from day one" is the cornerstone of engineering education at Western New England University. Our first-year engineering program teams students up to design, code, and prototype a robot to compete in the Bot Battle at the end of the first semester. In the second semester, data acquisition and processing, ethical standards, communication, and business skills are developed. Student teams design a product to improve lives through the application of smart technology. The prototypes are presented at the Emerging Engineers Expo at the end of the year.

  • Senior Design Projects

    Take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it to solve a real industry problem in a Senior Design Project that caps off your engineering education. You'll research, design, and develop a project that advances industry knowledge. Regional companies may sponsor and guide you through the completion of your project, which will allow you to leverage the opportunity into a full-time job. Recent examples of Senior Design Projects are creating a data-driven inventory analysis, an LED-based spectrophotometer for testing medication quality, and testing reliability and life-span of lithium ion batteries.