Industrial and System Engineers focus on integrating information, machines, and people effectively, efficiently, and safely produce goods and services. RIT will help you gain the knowledge through coursework, acquire skills practicing in our world class laboratories, and develop professionally through the cooperative experiences awaiting you. Our students have worked at organizations like Walt Disney Company, Tesla, Hershey Foods, Lockheed Martin, and have consulted in the healthcare or pharmaceutical industry. Many still work there post-graduation.
A world of opportunities to design processes and systems that improve quality and productivity awaits you!
The BS degree in industrial engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. For Enrollment and Graduation, Program Educational Objectives, and Student Outcomes, please visit the college’s Accreditation page.
The department will provide an education that integrates experiential learning and applied research, with a student-centered approach, resulting in graduates who make immediate and long-lasting contributions in manufacturing, service, government, and academia.
The department is globally recognized for graduates who are highly sought after due to their ability to solve problems and transform organizations. Our graduates, along with research performed by our students and faculty, positively impact the quality and competitiveness of manufacturing and logistics, the efficacy of health care, and the integration of sustainable practices into many settings.
We impart important values to our students at all levels of their study, ensuring we graduate industrial engineers who are well rounded and prepared to make meaningful contributions to their field.
Student Centered: Our department makes decisions and behaves in a manner that demonstrates the primary importance of our students’ needs and interests.
Community: Our department is a close-knit community characterized by respect for our differences, inclusion of a diverse set of ideas and people, and friendly collaboration among the faculty, staff, and students.
Teaching Excellence: We demonstrate continuous excellence and innovation in how we deliver classes to our students, and the support we provide our students outside of class.
Experiential Learning: We provide experiential learning throughout our undergraduate and graduate curricula via cooperative education, relevant projects, and practical experiences in our state-of-the-art labs.
Practical Research: Our innovative research makes an impact on the outside world, both directly through its application, and for our students via project opportunities and incorporation into our courses.
Innovation: Our teaching and research are characterized by new ideas and approaches, as well as a willingness to take risks.
Why select Industrial and Systems Engineering at RIT?
increase in employment for industrial engineers projected 2019-2029
Undergraduate students participate in a co-op experience
The minor in engineering management integrates technological and managerial expertise while focusing on the management of these areas. Engineering management is concerned with understanding the technology involved in an engineering project and the management process through which the technology is applied.
A minor in industrial engineering focuses on the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, equipment, and energy. Students utilize skills in statistics, ergonomics, operations research, and manufacturing.
This multidisciplinary minor is for students interested in exploring issues associated with developing and delivering sustainable product systems. Courses enhance the understanding of the three dimensions of sustainability (economic, ethical, and environmental), develop awareness of the need for more sustainable approaches to product development, and explore strategies for developing and delivering sustainable product systems.
An industrial engineering master's degree that offers an in depth look at the contemporary manufacturing process and its product development and logistics processes. A customized curriculum includes research opportunities that prepare you to lead integrated systems.
A sustainable engineering degree that allows you to reduce a product’s environmental effects at every stage of its lifecycle–from conception, development, and prototyping to commercialization, recycling, and disposal.
Learn to develop statistical and mathematical models and apply decision-making techniques to analyze complex processes. The data analytics research in our department is focused on the application of fundamental operations research tools such as statistics, optimization, simulation, machine learning, and decision analysis among others. These tools are used to study complex problems in different domains including:
Learn to apply industrial and systems engineering principles and tools to improve healthcare efficiency, quality of care, logistics, patient safety, patient flow, and access to care. Students interested to pursue their career in healthcare systems engineering have the opportunity to focus on innovative research projects in:
Health data and statistical analysis
Healthcare supply chain and distribution
Healthcare financing models
Healthcare capacity management
A wide variety of industrial and systems engineering methodologies such as statistics, optimization and mathematical modeling, simulation, lean, Six Sigma, ergonomics and human factors, and bio-manufacturing could be used to solve complex healthcare related issues. Our faculty often partner with Rochester Regional Health, University of Rochester, Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association (GRIPA), Common Ground Health, and Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS) to solve real world problems.
Learn and apply Human Factors/Ergonomics principles to the design of products (e.g., exoskeletons), operations, and work environments as they relate to human capacities, safety, and health.
Our students have the opportunity to engage with theoretical and applied research topics in Human Factors/Ergonomics and practice their skills in experiment design and data analytics. The Human Factors/Ergonomics research in our department focuses on several topics/areas, including:
Sustainable engineering refers to the integration of social, environmental, and economic considerations into product, process, and energy system design methods. Additionally, sustainable engineering encourages the consideration of the complete product and process lifecycle during the design effort. The intent is to minimize environmental impacts across the entire lifecycle while simultaneously maximizing the benefits to social and economic stakeholders.
Life Cycle Assessment, Design for the Environment, Renewable Energy, Clean Energy, Triple Bottom Line
Characterization of a transpired solar collector
Lead-free piezoelectric materials for energy harvesting
Electric load forecasting
Dynamic modeling of an anaerobic digestion system
Environmental and economic comparison of alternative military housing systems
Life cycle impacts of alternative road deicing systems
Life cycle analysis of a remanufacturing strategy for retired wind turbines
Incorporating functional analysis into life cycle assessment methodology
Comparative assessment of alternative collection strategies for recycling
To build understanding of faculty compensation systems and improve conversations around salary, several RIT faculty members are sharing their experiences with a National Science Foundation-funded multidisciplinary research team. The team’s goal is to significantly expand knowledge of best practices for faculty compensation to a broader community in higher education and provide insights to guide compensation practices.
John McNicholl, a 2021 RIT graduate from Commack, N.Y, has launched a new game—Deceiver—that is now available on Amazon and at Shop One on campus and was recently incorporated into RIT’s New Student Orientation program as an icebreaker.
As part of new faculty orientation, RIT’s College of Engineering Technology and Kate Gleason College of Engineering hosted a pilot workshop to introduce KEEN: Engineering Unleashed and its entrepreneurial mindset—a national initiative to advance engineering education.
The industrial and systems engineering department offers a variety of resources for our students that range from academic support to handbooks and more. Visit our Student Resources for more information.
Want to know more about what industrial engineering is? Check out this video created by some of our students! t.co/caHQzDqcFk
Sep 01RITise @rit_ise
John McNicholl, a 2021 RIT ISE graduate, has launched a new game - Deceiver - which is now available on Amazon and on campus, and was used in RITs new student orientation as an ice breaker! Check out the full story:
Aug 13RITise @rit_ise
Congratulations to RIT ISE for being awarded the IISE Gold Award for outstanding chapter performance for 2020-2021
Jul 27RITise @rit_ise
Check out the Industrial and Systems Engineering: Improving Systems workshop at RIT's College and Careers on August 4th from 11-12pm via Zoom. Register at the link below to attend. t.co/1hfxqq5kqs
Jul 13RITise @rit_ise
Join us at RIT's College and Careers event August 4th and 5th This event gives rising high school seniors a virtual career exploration and college search experience.