This field has the breadth—and depth—to take you places.
At its core, industrial engineering is about improving processes.
Industrial engineers develop an ability to spot inefficiencies and fix them. They know how to optimize.
How? They have completed a course of study—like the one we offer here at UIC—that gives them a command of analytics, applications, logistics, and systems. An industrial engineering degree gives you the ability to gather and process data, integrate it all into "the big picture," and come up with solutions that allow people to work better, faster, and smarter.
What do industrial engineers do?
Use a process of discovery and exploration to devise the best possible system to meet a need or perform a desired function.
Supply chain management
Oversee the sourcing of raw materials and their transformation into goods and services that people use everyday.
Explore ways to apply artificial intelligence to familiar processes so that those processes lead to better, more accurate outcomes.
Determine the optimal ways to create products for all sectors—including things used by consumers and things used by industry.
Harness the power of data to help people make more informed decisions about what to do and how to do it.
Come up with systems that make it easier for doctors, nurses, and other providers to do their jobs, leading to better care for patients.
Use analytical and mathematical tools to address financial issues, devise innovative financial products, and identify good investments.
Ensure that systems across a wide variety of industries are safe for people to use and behave as needed even when a component fails.
Engineer and design products, processes, and systems based on your understanding of human psychological and physiological characteristics.
Industrial engineers are in demand.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that industrial engineering jobs are projected to grow by 8 percent by 2028—faster than the average for all occupations—as firms across industries seek new ways to contain costs and improve efficiency. Follow the link below to learn more about the positive outlook for employment in industrial engineering.
Who will be my professors?
UIC’s industrial engineering faculty are members of the mechanical and industrial engineering department (MIE). They have wide-ranging expertise, and they are dedicated to excellence in classroom instruction as well as original research. Their small class sizes provide you with individualized attention and allow you to build lasting relationships. Meet them below.
Hear what students have to say ...
Industrial engineering is the best curriculum to prepare engineering students for the business world. The IE foundational skillset in general made me a well-rounded critical thinker, and gives you a set of methodologies that will set you apart from your peers.Consultant, Deloitte|
“I really love all the professors in the MIE department. They all seem to take interest in their students and make sure they learn the material instead of memorizing it.”Industrial Engineering Major|
“UIC is in a great location, it has great opportunities, and the culture around campus is hard to find anywhere else.”MS in Industrial Engineering Graduate|