Industrial & Systems Engineering
In an interconnected and data-driven world, modern society relies on increasingly complex systems. Industrial and systems engineering is about improving the efficiency and effectiveness of these systems to solve relevant, real-world problems.
What is Industrial & Systems Engineering?
Today, engineers with strong roots in engineering and science and data analysis acumen are needed to improve technology and processes in enterprises. The Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in industrial and systems engineering (ISE) program at Stevens prepares you with cross-disciplinary, "big picture" systems perspectives and knowledge to engineer, develop and maintain complex systems in multiple industries including manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare, transportation, energy, finance, entertainment, service and more.
Graduates of the ISE program often pursue the following career paths:
System integration engineers
Sales & marketing engineers
About the ISE Program at Stevens
In the ISE program, you’ll learn how to design, manage and implement solutions to improve quality, performance and efficiency. You'll develop a skillset to learn how to do things better at the enterprise-level such as how increase customer satisfaction, improve efficiencies, decrease costs and reduce waste in enterprise operations. By the time they complete their ISE graduate degree program, students will be well positioned to drive entire organizations toward success, making them invaluable technical leaders in industry and government with the application-driven toolkit enabling them to seek and implement solutions to enterprise system challenges.
Students in the ISE program have the opportunity to delve into complex systems study at the Center for Complex Systems & Enterprises (CCSE) Immersion Lab. Students also have an opportunity to interact with world-class researchers from the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) on relevant research topics.
Sample Core Courses
The ISE course curriculum includes:
Informatics and Software Development
Innovative System Design
Data Mining & Applied Machine Learning
Analysis of Networks and Games
The SSE is applying for accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, in 2021.
Message from Director
Dr. Kathryn Abel, Director of Undergraduate Academics, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Industrial and systems engineers are increasingly in demand for their valuable systems approach to complex, highly interconnected products and processes. Stevens industrial and systems engineers bring an in-depth knowledge of data analytics to their distributed decision-making approach that allows them to address unstructured problems and create innovative, optimized and impactful solutions that help businesses adapt to new technologies and situations that increase efficiency while reducing industrial costs.
The curriculum is designed to teach and focus students on:
Thinking about the ways in which technology can help organizations accomplish goals
Applying systems analytics and data science to engineering design
This creates engineers with a larger perspective on systems. With the capability to use data to develop a big-picture model of systems, analyze problems and optimize system quality and performance, our ISE graduates are assets to enterprises.
The Difference at Stevens
Faculty at Stevens understand that tomorrow’s engineers require the skills to use data to build modern, efficient systems. That's precisely why our ISE program is data-intensive. SSE faculty teach students how to extract useful data from information enterprises and how to apply it in mathematical models and analytical tools to gain insight to inform problem solving and decision support.
The mission of the Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial and Systems Engineering Program is to provide an education based on a strong engineering core, complemented by studies in systems and data science, to prepare the graduate to work on cross-disciplinary systems and be able to assume positions of increasing technical responsibility.
Program Educational Objectives
The objectives of the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) program can be summarized as follows:
Develop, implement and improve systems comprised of people, processes, hardware or software elements that are innovative, reliable and cost-efficient.
Use ISE tools to address real world problems and create solutions consistent with societal needs including economic, ethical and environmental considerations.
Provide leadership for, and communicate effectively within, data-intensive, multidisciplinary team-based environments in diverse and dynamically changing organizations.
Continue to develop skills in engineering, technology management, business and other Industrial and Systems Engineering related fields.
By the time of graduation, Industrial and Systems Engineering students will have:
ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematic.
An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
A fundamental knowledge and an appreciation of the technology and business processes necessary to nurture new technologies from concept to commercialization.
The School of Systems & Enterprises offers several awards and professional development opportunities.
Accelerated Master Program (AMP)
The School of Systems & Enterprises participates in the Accelerated Master Program (AMP) designed for Stevens undergraduate students who also want to pursue a master's degree. Many engineering and science students wish to jointly pursue a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management or Systems Engineering with their undergraduate degree. Admission criteria to the program are junior standing, an application, and a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. The advantage of the AMP program is an undergraduate and graduate degree in a reduced time period (five years).
The Cooperative Education Program at Stevens provides "real-world experience" to students while they pursue their education. The success of the program is built on the capabilities and enthusiasm of the co-op students and the challenging work assignments provided by the co-op employers. About 30% of EM students are enrolled in the Co-operative Education Program. At Stevens, we believe that cooperative education is first and foremost a powerfully effective educational process. Co-op is built on a theory/practice model of learning that unfolds through five increasingly sophisticated work assignments. In addition to the educational benefits, co-op helps student clarify and test their career goals and earn money to pay part of their college expenses.
Senior Design is the culmination of an engineering management education, typically spanning the three semesters in junior and senior year. The scope of the project is decided in discussion between a sponsor and the Stevens senior design coordinator. A suitable project is one that provides value to the sponsor, is appropriate to the time scale and meets the academic requirements of the program.
Sponsorship provides a context for the project and is a meaningful bridge to the "real world" of professional work. In keeping with this, our goal is to have students work on cross-disciplinary teams so that they gain experience in the type of environment that they will experience in their careers.
Sponsored Senior Design can significantly benefit both the students and the sponsoring organization. Recent industrial sponsors have been United Parcel Service, Ethicon, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, United States Postal Service, the City of Elizabeth (NJ), Century 21 and Medina Consultants.
Engineering Management Honor Society
Stevens Institute of Technology is the Beta chapter of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society. In addition to being eligible for engineering honor societies such as Tau Beta Pi, excellent academic and community service allows consideration for membership into the Engineering Management Honor society as well.
American Society for Engineering Management
The American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) exists to help its members to develop and improve their skills as practicing managers of engineering. Stevens has a chapter of ASEM that holds regular events for students on campus. Some of these events include resume writing workshops, career panel discussions and visits with the US Military Academy at West Point's chapter of ASEM.
Areas of Concentration
Some students may wish to cluster electives in ways that would help them gain expertise in area of specialization within engineering management. Engineering management students can focus their field of interest by concentrating in either systems engineering or financial engineering by taking three specific courses among two technical electives and three general electives in various ways.
The Hans J. Lang Award for Excellence in Cost Engineering and Engineering Economics
The Frederick Winslow Taylor Award
The Humphreys/ Ennis/ Lesser Award
The John Mihalasky Award
Donald N. Merino Award for Academic Excellence
The sponsored Senior Design program is the culmination of the undergraduate engineering management education.
Teams of up to four students typically work on the sponsored Senior Design consulting, entrepreneurial and product development projects for two to three semesters. The scope of the project is decided in discussion between the sponsor and a Stevens Senior Design coordinator. A suitable project is one that provides value to the sponsor, is appropriate to the time scale and meets the program's academic requirements.
These projects are typically conducted in the two-semester design sequence during a student's senior year. The goal is to have students work on multidisciplinary teams to gain experience in the type of environment that they will experience in their respective careers post-graduation. Stevens faculty members with expertise in the field(s) of the project, together with the sponsor, provide joint supervision of the groups. Progress is presented twice per semester and a comprehensive final report is submitted upon project completion.
Sponsored projects significantly benefit both the students and the sponsoring organization. As students gain real-world experience and a meaningful bridge to professional work, sponsors add value to their projects and access to new perspectives. After an initial proposal is accepted, feedback to the sponsor is typically maintained through site visits, phone calls and e-mail.
Recent industry sponsors have included:
Century 21 Department Stores
FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
USPS (United States Postal Service)
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
NYC Office of Emergency Management
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO).
City of Elizabeth, NJ
City of Hoboken, NJ