Texas Tech University, Department of Industrial Engineering
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Overview and Points of Pride

To understand people at work, study ergonomics. To manage resources effectively, study operations research. To make high quality products, study manufacturing. To excel in the 21st century, be an Industrial Engineer.

Industrial engineering studies the design and operation of production and service systems and the people who operate in these systems.

Industrial engineers use the information and techniques from physical, mathematical, biological, behavioral, and engineering sciences to plan, control, design, and manage complex organizations and systems. Industrial engineering applies the laws of the physical sciences to designing and operating systems in which products are produced and services are provided, as well as to considering the behavior of people as they operate in these systems.

The curriculum provides students with an opportunity to apply their engineering, mathematical, and science knowledge to design systems (production or processes) and solve engineering problems.  Students learn to function on teams, to communicate effectively, design and conduct experiments, and to utilize current engineering tools.  Students gain an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities as they examine contemporary issues and the impact of engineering solutions in the global workplace.  Perhaps most importantly, students learn to learn, so that they can continue to update their industrial engineering skills throughout their careers.

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Departmental Statistics

Degree Program Current Enrollment:
Fall 2013
Students Graduated:
2012-2013
B.S. Industrial Engineering 96 27
M.S. Industrial Engineering 12 7
M.S. Systems and Engineering Management 20 14
Ph.D. Industrial Engineering 28 4
Ph.D. Systems and Engineering Management 40 8

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