Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering is concerned with efficiency and process improvement, which are vital to any organization’s survival and growth in a global, competitive world. Hence, the fundamental skills and knowledge of Industrial Engineering can be utilized in many areas, and are valuable supplements to a student’s core competency in his/her chosen major discipline. The IE minor provides an easy link between the curricula in engineering and business and expands students’ ability to tackle business decisions and problems using engineering techniques.

The IE minor is available to students in any major at WPI except for those majoring in Industrial Engineering.


To complete the Industrial Engineering Minor, a student must complete two units of coursework (six courses) with the following distribution:

1. IE Tools. Select at least two (2):

  • a. BUS 2080 Data Analysis for Decision Making 
  • b. MA 2210 Mathematical Methods in Decision Making 
  • c. OIE 2850 Engineering Economics 
  • d. OIE 3460 Simulation Modeling and Analysis 
  • e. OIE 3510 Stochastic Models
  • Note: (1) Either BUS 2080 (a) or MA 2210 (b) is needed, but not both; (2) Taking into account the curriculum changes of AY 2010-2011: OIE 2500 = BUS 2080, and OIE 3400 = BUS 3020

2. IE Knowledge. Select at least two (2):

  • a. BUS 3020 Achieving Effective Operations 
  • b. OIE 3405 Work Systems and Facilities Planning 
  • c. OIE 3410 Materials Management in Supply Chains 
  • d. OIE 3420 Quality Planning, Design, and Control 
  • e. OIE 4410 Case Studies in Industrial Engineering
  • f. OIE 4420 Practical Optimization 
  • g. OIE 4460 Global Planning and Logistics
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