Industrial Engineering

Linking People, Technology, and Business

Industrial engineers have an important role in every organization, serving as a bridge between engineering and management to analyze and adapt processes or create new ones. Whether it’s a manufacturing procedure, a staffing model, or a redesign of physical space, industrial engineers identify the people, materials, technology, information, and energy required for a process to be efficient—and determine how these resources should interact to be effective.

WPI’s Industrial Engineering Program prepares students with the knowledge, experience, and leadership skills needed to tackle current and future organizational problems in the global economy.

Our students are immersed in current methods for design and analysis of processes; issues relative to design principles, such as lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, and common problems, such as inventory management, and how to address them; and the system view, which includes information technology, organizational behavior, supply chain planning and control, and financial analysis. Students also have traditional engineering, math, and science coursework, an array of electives, and real-world project experiences.


Our graduates are recruited by prestigious companies such as Accenture, Avery Dennison, GE, Hanover Insurance, and Goldman Sachs.

The mission of the Industrial Engineering (IE) Program at WPI’s School of Business is to prepare undergraduate students for professional engineering practice, providing the foundation for careers of leadership in challenging global and technological environments. We strive to accomplish this through an emphasis on core IE skills with:  

  • An innovative, project-based curriculum
  • A flexible curriculum responsive to student interests and changes in the competitive global environment
  • An environment that encourages faculty and student interaction
  • A culture that encourages the active involvement of students in their learning
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The Industrial Engineering (IE) program at WPI was voted by the faculty in May 1995, and the first IE majors graduated in May 1996. The program has been accredited since October 1, 1996 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Contact Informaton for Industrial Engineering

Professor Amy Zeng, PhD
Director of Industrial Engineering Program
Phone: +1-508-831-6117