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Industrial Engineering Graduate Program

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing EngineeringIndustrial engineering (IE) is a profession dedicated to the design, integration, and optimization of systems of people and machines that produce and deliver high quality goods and services.  Oregon State University's graduate studies in Industrial Engineering are designed to prepare students for an industrial, academic, or government career.  While MIME no longer maintains a printed IE Graduate Program Manual, the last updated version of this document can be downloaded for historical reference only: [PDF].

Degrees Offered in Industrial Engineering

Doctoral Studies in IE       •      Master of Science in IE       •       Master of Engineering in IE

Graduate Options for Industrial Engineering

oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineeringPlease review the Graduate Options in Industrial Engineering below. (You will major in one of these options, and may choose a second option as a minor.)

Advanced Manufacturing

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing focuses on the integration of nanomaterial synthesis and microfabrication techniques and conventional macroscale manufacturing technologies to produce nano- and microscale systems in an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable manner.

Such efforts require both an understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena influencing manufacturing processes and bottom-up cost estimating to evaluate the economics of competing manufacturing strategies. Process-specific manufacturability rules, tooling and metrology can then be developed and applied.

Advanced manufacturing research is interdisciplinary, and industrial engineering students choosing this area of concentration utilize courses and laboratories throughout the College of Engineering and also resources at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI) and Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI).

Advanced manufacturing work done at Oregon State University is summarized below:

Nanomanufacturing. Nanomanufacturing differs from nanotechnology in that it controls matter at the scale of a nanometer at high production rates. Low-cost routes to nanostructured surfaces and materials involve moving away from gas-phase processing to solution processing. Microchannel process technology (MPT) can enhance heat and mass transfer within solution processes leading to better process control. At Oregon State, researchers are using computational fluid dynamics to evaluate the effects of mixer design on nanoparticle size distribution during nanomaterial synthesis.

Micromanufacturing. Typical micromanufacturing processes are developed around microchannel lamination or powder processing platforms drawing on backgrounds in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics and material science. Examples of analysis and modeling studies being conducted at OSU include effects of powder/binder systems on flow and compaction behavior in injection molds and effects of device geometry and materials on the outcome of bonding processes.

MIME Graduate Faculty in Advanced Manufacturing

Karl Haapala  •  Rajiv Malhotra •  Brian Paul   •  Burak Sencer  •   Bill Warnes 

Other Oregon State Advanced Manufacturing Faculty

Chih-hung “Alex” Chang (Chemical Engineering)  •  Vince Remcho (Chemistry)

Human Systems Engineering

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing EngineeringHuman Systems Engineering uses engineering methods and knowledge from the physical, biological, information, social, and management sciences to develop, implement, operate, evaluate, and improve human–machine, human–human, and human–organization systems. Topical areas include management systems engineering and human factors and ergonomics.

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics engineers focus on human sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and physical characteristics when designing tools, equipment, workstations, and tasks for manufacturing, aerospace, health care, and other complex systems in which people play significant roles as users, operators, and maintainers. Their goal is to ensure high levels both of human productivity, health, safety, and satisfaction and of system performance.
  • Management Systems Engineering places an emphasis on interactions between people, decision tools, and work processes in designing organizational and group systems, structures, and processes. A multi-disciplinary field, Management Systems Engineering draws on the areas of management and organizational behavior, macro ergonomics, organizational development, quality management, engineering management and information systems.

MIME Graduate Faculty in Human Systems Engineering

Javier Calvo-Amodio  •  Toni Doolen  •  Chinweike Eseonu  •  Robin Feuerbacher  •  Ken Funk

Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing EngineeringManufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) focuses on the development of reliable, economically competitive, and environmentally benign manufacturing processes and systems. Topical areas include operations research, computer integrated manufacturing, environmentally responsible manufacturing, simulation, and statistical quality engineering.

  • Operations Research emphasizes the development of quantitative models and techniques for solving complex planning, design, scheduling, and layout decision problems in manufacturing systems.
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing focuses on the use of computers in making manufacturing systems more efficient, for example through capture and analysis of process information, design and control of processing systems, and application of computer intelligence to improve manufacturing processes.
  • Electronics Manufacturing focuses on manufacturing tools and methods associated with electronic process and product development, for example wafer manufacturing, semiconductor processing technologies, integrated circuit design, printed wiring board manufacturing, and surface mount technologies. Associated topics include statistical process control, environmental stewardship, design for manufacturability, supply chain management, production scheduling, and economic analysis are covered.
  • Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing focuses on developing manufacturing processes and systems with minimal environmental impact and that reduce waste, effluents, and pollutants and protect human health and safety.  Associated methodologies and tools include life cycle analysis, process input/output modeling, and design-for-environment approaches.
  • Simulation involves using computers to imitate the operation of manufacturing systems driven by discrete events and to better understand and predict the behavior of systems whose interdependencies and operational complexities preclude analytical analysis. This approach is often used to evaluate designs and re-engineer systems before implementation.
  • Statistical Quality Engineering involves the development and implementation of statistical tools to design or improve process and product performance.

MIME Graduate Faculty in Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Javier Calvo-Amodio  •  Toni Doolen  •  Karl Haapala  •  David Kim  •  Logen Logendran  •  David Porter  •  Hector Vergara

Information Systems Engineering

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing EngineeringInformation Systems Engineering (ISE) uses information systems to integrate organizational mechanisms, people, and processes for purposes of improving organizational performance. Typical ISE technologies include database management systems, networks, wireless communications, web-enabled technologies, and automatic identification and data collection using bar codes, RFID, EDI, and other such devices.

At Oregon State, IE graduate students pursuing the ISE option apply these technologies to such applications as supply chain engineering, cost management, warehouse management, health services management, and production scheduling.

MIME Graduate Faculty in Information Systems Engineering

Ken Funk  •  David Porter   •  Hector Vergara

Engineering Management (online only)

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Engineering Management
man-ij-muhnt] an art and science of planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities that have a technological component

Engineering Management (Ecampus only)

The Engineering Management (EM) discipline bridges the gap between engineering and management. The American Society for Engineering Management defines engineering management as “an art and science of planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities that have a technological component.”

Engineering Management focuses on the integration of hardware, software, people, processes, and interfaces to produce economically viable and innovative products and services while ensuring that all pieces of the enterprise are working together. As a multi-disciplinary field, Engineering Management draws on the areas of organizational behavior, macro ergonomics, organizational development, economics, quality management, information systems, operations and supply chain management, project management etc. to solve problems and create practical solution.

The Engineering Management option is only available in Master of Engineering and through Ecampus. Please see the Ecampus page for more information.

Curriculum Developed by Engineers for Engineers

The curriculum is tailored to the unique needs of engineering professionals who want to move into a leadership and management role. While learning engineering-focused management skills, you also develop the soft skills to successfully lead teams and the credibility to influence executive decision makers.

You can finish this program in about two years by taking one to two courses per term. When you complete the program, you earn a Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering with a transcript-visible option in Engineering Management from Oregon State University.

Below outlines the curriculum for the 45-credit master's program online.

Engineering management core (15 credits)

  1. IE 582: Introduction to Management for Engineers and Scientists (4 credits)
  2. IE 471/571: Project Management in Engineering (3 credits)
  3. IE 581: Operations Management (4 credits)
  4. IE 583: Advanced Engineering Economic Analysis (4 credits)

Elective courses (30 credits) *

  1. IE 584: Systems engineering (4 credits)
  2. IE 585: Legal aspects of engineering and engineering management (3 credits)
  3. IE 586/CCE552 Project risk management (4 credits)
  4. IE 587: Management of information systems (4 credits)
  5. IE 588: Product development (4 credits)
  6. IE 589: Professional responsibility and ethics (3 credits)
  7. IE 590: Strategic planning (4 credits)
  8. MFGE 436/536: Lean Manufacturing Systems Engineering (4 credits)

Total = 45 credits.
These 12 courses sum up to 45 credits, which is the requirement for a master degree.

Pre-requisite: To succeed in this program, a basic understanding of calculus (differential and integral), matrix algebra, and probability and statistics is necessary. Leveling courses for students without such background are MTH 241, MTH 245, and ST 314 (or the equivalent from other institutions).

* Note: These eight elective courses are designed specifically for this program and are offered entirely online. If you are located in Corvallis, Oregon, with prior approval from your program committee, on-campus courses may be taken in place of the electives (up to 15 credits).

MIME Graduate Faculty in Engineering Management

Javier Calvo-Amodio  •  Toni Doolen  •  Chinweike Eseonu  •  Robin Feuerbacher  •  Ken Funk  •  Ean H. Ng  •  David Porter  •  David Sillers