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Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISYS) is the perfect blend of technical engineering skills and people orientation. Industrial and systems engineers focus on the design, analysis, and operation of systems ranging from a single piece of equipment to large business, social and environmental systems. Industrial and systems engineering addresses overall system performance and productivity, responsiveness to customer's needs, and the quality of the products or services produced by the enterprise. This field is not just about manufacturing but also encompasses service industries such as government, health care, transportation, logistics, and consulting. The common goal is improving efficiency, enhancing quality and increasing customer satisfaction.

ECU Industrial and Systems Engineering focuses on developing critical skills areas such as:

  • Systems Engineering and Engineering Management - Building on the ability to model, analyze, and optimize systems. ISYS graduates also integrate the human side of management processes to achieve improvement in technological and engineering systems ranging from hospitals to aircraft carriers.
  • Production and Service Systems Analysis - The dynamic nature of the flow of materials is an essential area and these principles cover all types of production systems, including flow in a factory or hospital to distribution of goods and services.
  • Work Measurement, Human Factors, and Ergonomics - The ability to design human work environments including measurement of work activities and integration of human factors and ergonomics is an essential skill area in ISYS graduates.

Link to 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Flow Chart

Mr. Mike Borer

Dr. Michael Borer is a Teaching Instructor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include manufacturing and continual improvement.

Dr. Evelyn Brown

Dr. Evelyn Brown is a Professor in the Department of Engineering. Her research interests include the application of genetic algorithms to manufacturing problems. Specifically, the application of grouping genetic algorithms to grouping problems such as bin packing, machine-part cell formation, and assembly-line balancing. Additional interests in methodologies to improve the supply chain in the health-care sector and in the application of operation research tools to optimization problems.

Dr. Gene Dixon

Dr. Gene Dixon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include engineering management and related processes. Specific interests include the role of leaders and followers in the leadership process. This includes quantitative methods of value based decision making including, teams, trust and culture. Ties to the nuclear industry represent interests in waste reduction, waste minimization, facilities decommissioning, decontamination and remediation. Business experience provides on-going interests in personal productivity and performance. Educational research interests include industry-academic engagement in building student and professional success skills.

Dr. Paul Kauffmann

Dr. Paul Kauffmann is a Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include the impact of technology on operational and financial performance and the analytical/quantitative methods necessary to make effective decisions in complex and difficult to measure areas such as technology strategy and product development, logistics and supply chain management, cost analysis/capital budgeting, safety, and quality.

Dr. BJ Kim

Dr. BJ Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include the design of data analysis models based on nonparametric/functional analysis, information and decision systems for supply chain and logistics management, empirical models for intervening slips/falls in older population.


Industrial and Systems engineers are in demand in every aspect of industry, including sales, marketing, personnel, and manufacturing. They are employed to design, analyze, optimize and improve production systems in business and industrial settings. The Industrial and Systems engineering field also encompasses service industries such as government, health care, transportation, logistics, and consulting.

Check out information on the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site in related career fields on Industrial Engineers.

Institute of Industrial Engineers IIE

International Council on Systems Engineering

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