Engineering with a Human Face
As a student in RIT's department of industrial and systems engineering,
you will be part of a small, close-knit group within the larger College of
Engineering. With ten faculty and about 250 students, the department offers
you a chance to work closely with your professors in applying engineering
theory to real-world situations. Your education takes place both in campus
classrooms and laboratories and through cooperative education, where you
gain paid, professional work experience while still in school.
The five-year undergraduate program includes more than a year of co-op
experience, which you begin in your third year. Our co-op program allows
you to alternate quarters in the classroom with quarters on co-op working
in industry or the public sector. When you graduate, you already have more
than a year of experience on your resume! Co-op salaries for
our students averaged approximately $600 a week. Employers ranged from
Eastman Kodak Company and IBM to Intel and Walt Disney World.
One reason employers welcome our students is that they are well prepared
for professional careers. Much of this preparation takes place in our
extensive laboratories. RIT specializes in undergraduate education, so all
the laboratories and facilities are open and available to undergraduate
students, including the department's Human Performance/Ergonomic Lab, the
Product and Process Development Lab, the Advanced Systems Integration, the
Computer Tools Lab, and the Brinkman Machine Tools/Manufacturing Lab.
Be involved on campus. Our student chapter of the Institute of
Industrial Engineers is very active. A good source of professional
contacts, our chapter participates in regional and national events. Many
students also join RIT's Society of Women Engineers, the Society of
Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the National Society of Black
Engineers. Make the grade and join two engineering honor societies. You can
also compete in competitions, such as the Rockwell Software / IIE
International Simulation Competition or the National Material Handling
Design Competition. Our students placed in the top 5 in both
competitions. Want a roommate who really understands life as an engineering
student? Live in Engineering House, a special RIT dormitory floor.