Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Faculty member and students in a Burke Center IE labIndustrial engineers look at the big picture when solving engineering challenges. They bring people, resources, and technology together to improve systems and processes, doing so in ways that also reduce costs, increase efficiency and productivity, assure quality, and satisfy customer expectations. 

Because it is a broad and versatile discipline, the B.S. in Industrial Engineering prepares you for careers in every sector of the economy. You might design, develop and improve systems and processes for manufacturing, inventory control, quality control, facilities planning or logistics. Or maybe you’ll make your career in the health care, retail, utility, transportation, information systems, or financial industries. You are limited only by your interests and goals.

Why Penn State Behrend?

The School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend offers you the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art facilities, conduct research with award-winning faculty, and be recruited by companies around the world.

Your curriculum will include course work in calculus, science, probability and statics, engineering economics, product and manufacturing system design, information technology economics, simulation and optimization. In addition, you’ll choose electives in manufacturing systems engineering, engineering services systems, and engineering information systems that can help you tailor your degree to your career interests. You also can add a collaborative engineering/ business certificate or minor to your degree; the minor in Operations and Supply Chain Management is a popular choice for Industrial Engineering majors.

In your senior year, you’ll work with a small team and faculty mentor to complete a capstone design project. Most projects are sponsored by industry partners, giving you the opportunity to work on a real-world industry project, gain meaningful professional experience, and demonstrate relevant skills to potential employers.

Accreditation Matters

The B.S. in Industrial Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, abet.org. Also, the School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend consistently places in the Top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the nation’s undergraduate engineering programs

Who Hires Industrial Engineering Majors?

Employers of recent Behrend Industrial Engineering graduates include Boeing Commercial Aircraft, IBM, Lockheed Martin, and SpaceX. School of Engineering students also were accepted into challenging graduate programs at Case Western Reserve University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, Penn State, and Purdue University.

Your Career Starts Here

Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system that will help you to identify and achieve your goals for the college classroom and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester. 

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Penn State Behrend's School of Engineering uses Simio simulation software under a grant from Simio LLC for its industrial engineering program.


The Industrial Engineering program is Accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

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