College of EngineeringDepartment of Industrial and Systems EngineeringAbout Industrial and Systems Engineering

Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare our students, through high-quality internationally recognized instructional programs, to practice industrial and systems engineering professionally and ethically in a competitive and diverse global environment. We also aim to expand scientific and engineering knowledge through innovative research and creative partnerships involving academia, industry and government. We provide extension programs to assist individuals and organizations to find solutions to engineering problems through education, consultation and practical research.

Watch the video below to hear Professor Emeritus Robert Thomas describe what Industrial Engineering is all about:


About our Program

The industrial and systems engineering program at Auburn is ABET accredited and has been granting degrees since 1932.

The program is ranked in the top 25 percent of all industrial engineering programs in the most recent U.S. News & World Report, and has a continued commitment to excellence.

Auburn industrial and systems engineers are highly recruited by well-known companies, and are offered starting salaries comparable to other engineering disciplines.

Our undergraduate curriculum provides a fundamental education that prepares students for professional practice in ISE and related fields by using:

  • Case studies, real-world projects, and open-ended homework problems help to develop the student's engineering and design abilities, as well as thinking skills.

  • Students participate in group activities, and exercises, as well as individual written and oral reports.

  • Summer intern and co-op positions are available. Students work for companies such as Accenture, Southern Companies, Honda, Delta Airlines, Exxon Mobil, BMW, PepsiCo, and Walt Disney World.

The faculty is highly qualified academically and professionally, having advanced degrees from well-respected U.S. universities as well as considerable industrial and governmental experience.

The percentage of female students is one of the highest of all engineering disciplines at around 35%. This creates a more accepting environment where females are among many peers instead of being a small minority.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 10 to 20 percent increase in industrial engineering jobs over the next decade.

Our ISE Alumni Council is very interested and involved in the activities of the students in the department. They visit Auburn to interact with students twice a year. They give valuable insight to new career opportunities within Industrial and Systems Engineering, and provide excellent networking opportunities.

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