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 Foisie 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.

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

Project-based learning is the cornerstone of the WPI experience. Across your four years here you'll be expected to apply your knowledge in innovative ways to solve significant, real-world problems. 

From the first year option to complete a Great Problems Seminar to a required senior capstone that can lead to a job offer, WPI students find that project work transforms the way they think and helps them to tackle almost any challenge systematically.

WPI's Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

As an Industrial Engineering major, your senior capstone will give you an edge in the job market. Our project sponsors have converged into three categories – financial services, healthcare, and supply chain, operations and manufacturing. Companies in these industries represent the major employers of WPI’s Industrial Engineering graduates.

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Student Profiles

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

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

At WPI, you have plenty of opportunities to become an active part of the community. There are more than 200 clubs and organizations, ranging from dance ensembles to intramural sports and a student radio station.  Specific to the filed of Industrial Engineering, you can learn more at:

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After Graduation

Foisie Business School

The Industrial Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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