Sep 20, 2020  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 

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Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISYE)

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The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering and also an integrated B.S./M.S. sequence in industrial and systems engineering. The department provides access to a variety of courses and facilities, a faculty with diverse industrial experience, and a program which emphasizes practical applications as well as theoretical developments.

Industrial and systems engineering is concerned with the design, installation, management, operation, and improvement of systems that produce goods and services. It follows an integrated approach that considers the entire life cycle of the product or service produced, from design through production, delivery, and customer support. Industrial and systems engineers are involved in such functions as designing a complete production facility or a single workplace, setting operator performance standards, planning manufacturing processes, planning and controlling production, designing quality control systems, analyzing system reliability, simulating system performance, and planning and evaluating large-scale projects. Industrial and systems engineers are employed in a broad variety of organizations, including manufacturing industries, utilities, transportation, health care systems, financial institutions, and all levels of government agencies.


The mission of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is to achieve excellence in teaching, conducting research and preparing engineering professionals.

Educational Objectives

The department’s undergraduate program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and tools to model people-technology systems using the techniques of mathematics, science, and engineering; to design potential solutions to problems and evaluate the consequences of their solutions in the broader context of the organization, society, and the environment; to communicate effectively the benefits of their proposed solutions using written, oral, and electronic media; to function effectively and provide leadership within an organization as a professional and ethical member of society, including the ability to facilitate and participate in multidisciplinary teams; and to initiate and complete self-directed learning for professional and personal development especially with respect to contemporary issues.

Program Outcomes

The department’s undergraduate program is designed to provide graduates with the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data; the ability to design a system, component, or process to meet design needs; the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams; the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; the ability to communicate effectively; a broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and social context; a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning; a knowledge of contemporary issues; and the ability to use the techniques, skills, and the modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Department Requirements

All industrial and systems engineering students must have their schedule reviewed, approved, and signed by their faculty adviser each semester. Any deviation from an approved course schedule may delay graduation.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Faculty

Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, professor, chair
Buyung Agusdinata, Ph.D., Delft University of Technology, assistant professor
Ehsan Asoudegi, Ph.D., West Virginia University, assistant professor 
Shi-Jie Chen, Ph.D., University of New York-Buffalo, professor
Omar Ghrayeb, Ph.D., New Mexico State University, professor
Jeong Ho Kim, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, assistant professor
Murali Krishnamurthi, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Distinguished Teaching Professor
Reinaldo Moraga, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, associate professor
Christine Nguyen, Ph.D., University of Southern California, assistant professor

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