Texas Tech University

Strategic Objectives


The Department of Industrial Engineering will be in the top 25 programs in the nation in excellence in academic and research programs.


The mission of the department is to provide the highest quality of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering education by stimulating discovery, integration, application, and communication of knowledge.

Strategic Plan

Goals, Critical Success Factors, and Objectives

Goal 1. Academic and Research Excellence. Attain national and international recognition for academic and research programs at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels.


  • Keep undergraduate and graduate programs current with developing technologies.
  • Seek innovative methods to provide graduate programs on campus and off campus.
  • Recruit, hire, develop, and retain faculty with excellent teaching and research capabilities.
  • Maintain adequate numbers of faculty who strive to provide excellent academic instruction and who perform high quality research.

Critical Success Factors for Goal 1

  • Rank at least 3rd in our peer group.
  • Thoroughly review and update academic programs on accreditation cycle.
  • Move to 2:1 (2 three-hour courses and 1 three-hour course) course teaching loads for faculty active in funded research.
  • Establish one center of excellence.
  • Increase research expenditures to $200,000/FTE/year.
  • Increase the number of publications in referred journals to two papers/FTE/year.
  • Increase the number of professional society leadership positions held by department faculty to one position/FTE/year.

Goal 2. Access and Diversity. Maintain faculty and student diversity and increase student retention.


  • Have faculty composition reflect student diversity.
  • Increase scholarships and fellowships to attract more high quality students.
  • Improve methods for recruiting students.
  • Track retention rates for students and identify factors involved in student losses.

Critical Success Factors for Goal 2

  • Hire and retain female faculty at least in proportion to student gender proportions.
  • Increase enrolled undergraduate students to at least 225.
  • Increase enrolled graduate students to at least 125.
  • Develop and distribute effective recruiting materials for undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Contact key sources of students at least once a year.
  • Increase the "student friendly" attitude of department personnel; be rated as the most supportive department in the College of Engineering.
  • Provide research and teaching assistants with adequate funding to attract high quality students; an average of $1200/month is desired.
  • Increase undergraduate scholarship rate from 35% to 50%.
  • Increase graduate students on assistantship to 67%.

Goal 3. Partnerships. Build lasting partnerships to support department efforts in teaching, research, and service.


  • Develop long-term relationships with industry to advance academic program development, research opportunities, and employment opportunities of our graduates.
  • Develop relationships with government labs and agencies.
  • Expand interdisciplinary relationships within the university and TTHSC.

Critical Success Factors for Goal 3

  • Identify key suppliers of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Develop new degree program and career descriptive materials every two years.
  • Average at least one working relationship with corporations and government labs and agencies per faculty member.
  • Establish research programs with Pantex.
  • Maintain at least five interdisciplinary research efforts.

Goal 4. Resources and Infrastructure. Maintain quality personnel, facilities, and approaches to delivery of services.


  • Attract and retain faculty and staff.
  • Maintain up-to-date computing facilities for faculty and staff.
  • Maintain laboratories with current technology and equipment.
  • Increase professional development of faculty and staff.
  • Increase interaction with the Distance Education program.
  • Plan for future facility requirements.

Critical Success Factors for Goal 4

  • Rank in top half of peer group for faculty and staff salaries.
  • Maintain attractive physical environment for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Replace computing facilities every four years.
  • Obtain $50,000 of funding for laboratory equipment each year.
  • Offer three or more specialty MS degree programs

Goal 5. Development and Marketing. Enhance non-state funding for operations.


  • Identify endowments for scholarships, chairs, and professorships.
  • Increase annual alumni support.
  • Increase the visibility of the department.
  • Become a named department through a major benefactor.

Critical Success Factors for Goal 5

  • Contact all known alumni at least twice a year.
  • Establish one endowed chair.
  • Inform alumni of specific funding needs and opportunities.
  • Obtain one major endowed gift of $5 million.
  • Increase annual donations by 20%.

Goal 6. Engagement. Build solid connections with the community and region for mutual benefit.


  • Strengthen regional industries through services and technology transfer.
  • Become recognized for service to community organizations.
  • Obtain media coverage of department activities in community affairs.

Critical Success Factors for Goal 6

  • Serve industrial and other organizations through student design projects.
  • Develop and provide informative presentations for school classes and groups.
  • Increase faculty participation in community service organizations to one organization/FTE/year

Goal 7. Tradition. Enhance the image of the Department of Industrial Engineering.


  • Host national professional meetings.
  • Host alumni meetings.
  • Foster the sense of pride from being a Texas Tech engineering graduate.
  • Exhibit professionalism.
  • Instill professionalism in students.

Critical Success Factors for Goal 7

  • Increase the number of faculty in leadership positions in national organizations to one position/FTE/year.
  • Update department web-page monthly.
  • Host at least one alumni event per year.
  • Develop activities that increase contacts between alumni and students; host two events/year.
  • Develop curriculum elements that increase "students" awareness ethics and benefits of engineering professionalism; incorporate engineering ethics in at least two undergraduate courses.
strat report

Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering