May 27, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

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 accelerated 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 the commitment of achieving excellence in teaching, conducting high-quality research to meet the needs of technological and societal challenges, engaging in outreach and services and preparing engineering professionals.

Program Educational Objectives

The Industrial and Systems Engineering department at Northern Illinois University expects that our graduates will be practicing industrial engineering skills successfully in their respective organizations; continuing self-directed learning for professional and personal development; and demonstrating professionalism, ethics, and leadership within an organization, community, or society, in three to five years following graduation.

Student Outcomes

The department’s undergraduate program is designed so that the graduates attain the following outcomes by the time of graduation: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Industrial and Systems engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics; 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; an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audience; an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts; 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; an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions; and an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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, Presidential Teaching Professor, Chair
Ehsan Asoudegi, Ph.D., West Virginia University, assistant professor
Niechen Chen, Ph.D., Iowa State University, assistant professor
Shi-Jie (Gary) Chen, Ph.D., University of New York-Buffalo, professor
Omar Ghrayeb, Ph.D., New Mexico State University, professor
Jaejin Hwang, Ph.D., Ohio State University, 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, associate professor
Ziteng Wang, Ph.D. North Carolina State University, assistant professor

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