Department of Industrial Engineering

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201 Industrial Engineering Building
Box 43061, Lubbock, TX 79409-3061
T 806.742.3543 | F 806.742.3411


About the Program

This department supervises the following degree programs:
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Engineering Management
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure
  • Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure

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

Program Educational Objectives. The undergraduate program educational objectives embody the expected accomplishments of graduates during their first few years following graduation. The program educational objectives of the Department of Industrial Engineering (IE) as adopted by the IE faculty, IE Industrial Advisory Board and the IE Student Leadership are as follows:

  • Graduates are successful in their industrial engineering and related careers.
  • Graduates are active in engineering professions.
  • Graduates are engaged in lifelong learning through participation in continuing or graduate education.

These objectives are published in the university's catalog and on the Department of Industrial Engineering website.

Student Outcomes. Student outcomes are statements of the expectations for the knowledge and skills that students should possess when they graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Graduates of the program must demonstrate the following:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Overview. Modern industrial engineering is a combination of basic engineering knowledge and quantitative analysis techniques to support managerial decision making. 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. Just as the other branches of engineering use the laws of physical sciences in designing and operating a product, industrial engineering applies these same laws to designing and operating systems in which these products are produced or in which services are provided. The major distinction between industrial engineering and other branches of engineering is that the industrial engineer must consider not only the behavior of inanimate objects, as they are governed by physical laws, but also the behavior of people as they interface with inanimate objects and as they operate together in organizations, whether these organizations be simple or complex.

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, communicate effectively, design and conduct experiments, and 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.

The curriculum is continually evaluated by faculty, students, alumni, and industry to provide a contemporary industrial engineering program that meets the needs of customers. A variety of assessment tools are utilized in the evaluation process. Program changes are implemented on an ongoing basis.

Minor. A minor in industrial engineering consists of 18 hours of IE courses and normally includes the following: IE 2311, 3311 or 4316, 3341, 3361; and two additional courses from IE 3346, 3351, 3328, 4316, 4361, 4362, 4363. Some deviations from these lists of courses may be permitted depending on students interests and academic background. Students should consult with an academic advisor in the department for development of a minor program if they request deviations from the prescribed minor courses.


Undergraduate Program

General Standards and Requirements. Admission requirements and academic standards for the Department of Industrial Engineering are consistent with the dynamic enrollment plan for the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. Refer to the introduction to the Whitacre College of Engineeringsection of this catalog for a description of the criteria for initial admission to the Whitacre College of Engineering and the lower-division foundational curriculum. The recommended foundational curriculum for industrial engineering consists of ENGL 1301, 1302; MATH 1451, 1452; CHEM 1307/1107; PHYS 1408; ENGR 1315; or IE 1385.

A student may apply for admission to the upper division of a degree program upon completion of the foundational curriculum and a minimum of 12 credit hours of Texas Tech coursework. The acceptance criterion is based exclusively on a cumulative GPA for coursework completed at Texas Tech. The specific GPA standard varies among the degree programs and may change from one academic year to the next as necessary to align enrollments with the educational resources. For students who entered Texas Tech prior to June 1, 2012, a minimum 2.0 GPA is required for admission to the industrial engineering upper-division degree program. Students entering Texas Tech after June 1, 2012, must have a minimum 2.50 GPA.

The academic standards required by the Whitacre College of Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering are given in the introduction to the Whitacre College section of the catalog and summarized below. Exceptions to these standards are at the discretion of the dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering.

  • A grade of C or better is required for all courses in an engineering degree plan.
  • A grade of C or better must be achieved in all prerequisites before the subsequent course may be attempted.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required to maintain academic good standing and continued membership in the Whitacre College of Engineering.
  • A full-time student must achieve a C or better in 18 credit hours of coursework in the degree plan in each 12-month period.
  • An engineering course may be repeated only one time after a course drop, withdrawal, or failure to achieve a C or higher. A maximum of three engineering courses may be repeated.

Students entering the industrial engineering program are assigned a faculty advisor and are responsible for arranging a course of study with the advisor's counsel and approval. The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive education in industrial engineering and to develop effective engineers by balancing the breadth and depth of instruction.

A minimum of 130 hours is required for graduation. The courses are offered so that progress through the program is efficient and flexible to accommodate the needs of individual students. A faculty advisor assists each student with his or her individual program on a semester-by-semester basis.

An accelerated program is available for outstanding students wanting to earn both a B.S. and an M.S. degree. Both thesis and non-thesis M.S. degree programs are available in this accelerated program. Students interested in these programs should inform their academic advisor during the first semester of the junior year and apply when they are within 30 hours of completing their undergraduate degree. If accepted, they will begin taking graduate courses during their senior year, and up to 9 hours of the coursework will apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

The department follows the general standards and requirements of the Whitacre College of Engineering. Any student requesting an exception must submit a written request and any supporting documentation to the Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for its approval.

Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure

The curriculum for the Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure brings together the relevant computing, engineering, and legal aspects of critical infrastructure with a focus on security for cyberphysical systems. There is an interdisciplinary core that provides foundational coverage of cybersecurity for information systems, critical infrastructure issues, and the fundamentals of computer networking and industrial control systems. These courses are designed for a general engineering audience. Different tracks are defined for students in industrial engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering through security-specific courses or through courses that are enhanced with security modules. Security-related course topics are contributed from the interdisciplinary team. The program is structured to reach a wide range of undergraduate students. Undergraduate students can obtain this certificate as part of their B.S. degree program. The certificate requires completing 15 hours of undergraduate credit, some of which can be applied to the B.S. degree depending on the degree program. Texas Tech also provides a 150-hour accelerated B.S./M.S. degree program. Courses within the cybersecurity program can be used to form a cybersecurity concentration for students seeking the combined B.S./M.S. option.

Contact: Dr. Joseph Urban, 806.834.5831,



Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering


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Graduate Program

The Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (M.S.I.E.), Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management (M.S.SYEM), Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems and Engineering (M.S.M.S.E.), the Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Engineering Management programs prepare competent industrial engineers and engineering managers for industry, consulting, university teaching and research.

With the counsel of a graduate advisor, students are expected to design individualized academic programs. The master's level programs consist of two options: (1) a 30-hour thesis option, including 6 credit hours of thesis research, and (2) a 30-hour non-thesis option. The course selection may include a minor in an area outside industrial engineering. The doctoral program requires a minimum of 60 hours of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree, which may include up to 15 hours constituting a minor area. At least 12 hours of doctoral dissertation enrollment are also required for the doctoral degree. Transfer credits from a master's degree program are determined by a graduate advisor.

Master's and Ph.D. programs incorporate courses taken in each of the five specialty areas below.

  • Engineering Management. Systems theory, decision theory, industrial cost analysis, advanced engineering economics, performance improvement in organizations, project management, and productivity management.
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering. Occupational biomechanics, work physiology, industrial ergonomics, environmental hygiene, cognitive engineering, human performance, human computer interaction, and occupational safety.
  • Manufacturing and Quality Assurance. Manufacturing engineering and design, computer integrated manufacturing/CAD/CAM, process analysis and economics, automated manufacturing and process planning, programmable control systems.
  • Operations Research. Simulation modeling, scheduling and sequencing, just-in-time production systems, inventory and production control, linear and nonlinear programming, network analysis, artificial intelligence and expert system.
  • Statistics and Quality Assurance. Design of experiments, statistical data analysis, reliability and maintainability, on-line and off-line quality assurance, and total quality assurance.

The Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management (M.S.SYEM) and the Ph.D. in Systems and Engineering Management programs are offered both on campus and by distance education and are designed to prepare graduates for positions in technical management. Details regarding admission and degree requirements are available from the department.

Graduate Certificate Program

The 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure brings together the relevant computing, engineering, and legal aspects of critical infrastructure with a focus on security for cyberphysical systems. The program is structured to reach a wide range of graduate students, including working professionals and on-campus students. Working professionals who are not seeking a graduate-level degree can earn this certificate by completing cybersecurity courses through distance learning. On-campus graduate students also have the option to take courses that define a cybersecurity concentration. The program options involve defining the courses that define the interdisciplinary core and disciplinary tracks.


Course Descriptions

Industrial Engineering (IE)



Alphabetical listing of all TTU faculty and their academic credentials.


Hong-Chao Zhang, Ph.D., Interim Chairperson

AT&T Professor: Beruvides
E.L . Derr Professor: Zhang
Professors: Patterson, J. Smith, M. Smith
Associate Professors: Cross, de Farias, Matis
Assistsnt Professors: Cong, Du, Xu
Instructors: Carrell, Peterson

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