Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) is the application of engineering principles to improve processes and products. ISE careers are very flexible, covering areas like cutting costs and improving quality in manufacturing, designing a workspace to improve worker performance, or effectively controlling distribution of products worldwide. Industrial and Systems Engineers (ISEs) make significant contributions to their employers by saving money and effort through their designs. ISEs work in both manufacturing and service industries. In the recently updated Job Rated Almanac, ISE ranked as the most desirable profession among all major engineering areas.  Detailed course information is available in the detailed ISE Semester Guide

Why WSU's Industrial and Systems Engineering Program?
The ISE program is designed to provide students with the range of engineering skills necessary for success in today's marketplace, while giving students the opportunity to specialize. Within the ISE degree program students obtain core knowledge in all aspects of ISE and the opportunity to develop a focus area of expertise in human integrated systems, computer and information systems, operations management, or manufacturing processes and materials science.

Career Opportunities
Graduates find excellent employment opportunities in a wide variety of fields. Manufacturing firms and service industries hire a significant number of ISEs. Today, more and more businesses hire ISEs in areas such as sales and marketing, finance, information systems, and personnel. Corporations as diverse as Coca-Cola, UPS, Disney, IBM, Levi Strauss, Nike, The Gap, Intel, and Microsoft all employ individuals with ISE backgrounds to help manage their businesses. Other industries employing ISEs are hospitals, airlines, banks, railroads, and social services.

ISE Degree Map

ISE at Wright State University

Spring 2015 graduates: 8

Fall 2014 enrollment: 138


WSU's ISE program will produce industrial and systems engineers who will:

  • Objective 1: Engage in a career path in ISE or a related field.
  • Objective 2: Participate in life-long learning through continuing professional education.
  • Objective 3: Work in a team environment and communicate effectively, both written and orally.


The following student outcomes of the industrial and systems engineering program will prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives:

  • 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 or 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