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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.

The Industrial Engineering Program is offered through WPI's Business School and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


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.

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Project-based Learning

Project-based learning is the cornerstone of the WPI experience. Across your four years you'll be expected to apply your knowledge in innovative ways to solve significant, real-world problems. As an industrial engineering major, your senior capstone will give you an edge in the job market and the opportunity to interact with project sponsors in the financial services, healthcare, supply chain, operations, and manufacturing industries––representing the major employers of our graduates.

More Value

Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internshipearning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.

I liked having the opportunity to explore applications of Industrial Engineering in industries such as healthcare, IT, insurance, and other non-traditional areas.
Kelsey Rieger ‘14