Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Is your interest in:
- Working at an amusement park reducing wait times for rides?
- Developing optimal distribution plans for vaccines?
- Being part of a design project team to make a medical device?
- Integrating systems for satellite tracking of shipments?
- Exploring the impact of adding robots to a manufacturing line?
- Designing sustainable products that use less energy or materials?
- Discovering a new way to assemble a product that will prevent worker injury?
If you answered yes to any of the questions, then we invite you to learn more about Industrial and Systems Engineering at RIT.
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
Accelerated dual degree options
An industrial engineering degree that provides you with the skills to optimize, design, and manage the operational and manufacturing processes by which goods are made and distributed, and services are provided efficiently.Learn more about the Industrial Engineering BS program
Minors and Immersions
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.Learn more about the Engineering Management Minor program
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.Learn more about the Industrial Engineering Minor program
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.Learn more about the Sustainable Product Development Minor program
An engineering management master’s degree that combines your engineering knowledge with business insights to successfully manage engineering or technology initiatives.Learn more about the Engineering Management ME program
An industrial engineering master’s degree that offers an in-depth look at contemporary solutions to challenges in services, manufacturing, product development, and data-driven decision-making.Learn more about the Industrial and Systems Engineering MS program
In the mechanical and industrial engineering doctorate you’ll graduate with a depth of knowledge in mechanical or industrial engineering while engaging in cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research.Learn more about the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Ph.D. program
Conduct research in nano-engineering, design methods, and technologies for micro- and nano-scaled systems. This microsystems engineering doctorate is a multidisciplinary program that addresses the technical challenges of micro- and nano-systems.Learn more about the Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. program
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 more about the Sustainable Engineering MS program
February 28, 2023
Engineering alumni honored for achievement and leadership
Kate Gleason College of Engineering (KGCOE) alumni from points across the U.S. were honored with alumni awards recognizing their achievement and leadership at a reception at RIT’s University Gallery during National Engineers Week.
February 13, 2023
Immersive Technology - AR, VR, XR and the Metaverse
Will Zhang, assistant professor in industrial and systems engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology talks about immersive technology on The Peggy Smedley Show. He says immersive technologies include several technologies such as AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), XR (extended reality), and the metaverse—and discusses the connections between each and how they are different.
January 6, 2023
Diversity in Action features Jade Myers, research development specialist in RIT's AMPrint Center (page 34).
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.