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Industrial & Systems Engineering About

What is industrial and systems engineering?

Existing at the intersection of engineering, people, and business, industrial and systems engineers turn data into decisions. We develop, and then use, innovative tools to process data and turn it into something useful. With these tools in hand, we can improve goods and services, making them more cost-effective and of greater value to people, industries, and society. Industrial engineers work in hospitals and medical centers, telecommunication companies, research laboratories, education systems, airline and transportation companies, banks, consulting organizations, manufacturing facilities, and more. Industrial engineers often occupy management positions, both at entry levels and later as career advancements.

Established in 1966, our department has a history of strong commitment to both teaching and research in the field of industrial and systems engineering. We are a national leader in research funding, which places world-class faculty, opportunities and facilities at your fingertips.

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Our Mission

To advance industrial and systems engineering knowledge, excel in inclusive education, and inspire others to make a meaningful difference in their world, through innovative and ethical applications of engineering principles.

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Alumni Engagement

Our alumni are making a difference around the globe as entrpreneurs, innovators and leaders. We value the educational, professional, and life experiences that our alumni can bring to the development of our students. Are you an IE Badger Alum? If so, we’d like to connect with you!

Alumni Leadership

Our industry advisory board is composed of ISyE alumni, all of whom are accomplished industry leaders. These former Badgers provide support, advice and guidance to our department. Their work focuses on three primary areas:

UW-ISyE Industrial Advisory Board

Spring 2024 UW-ISyE Industrial Advisory Board Bios

ISyE Department Newsletter