About Rensselaer’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

About ISE

Industrial and Systems Engineers work to improve the analysis and design of systems involving the interaction between human, machines, and nature.  Such systems are highly complex and require modeling of the variability introduced by the human element. These models are incorporated into the overall system design for optimized and robust operations. ISE is interdisciplinary: it encompasses engineering, management, human factor. ISE is systems oriented: it analyzes the interaction and interplay between components in complex networks. ISE is a unique engineering discipline: it integrates the quantitative engineering approach with qualitative insights of human behavior.

The ISE department at Rensselaer offers a dynamic and exciting curriculum to educate students to tackle these complex systems, leading to B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. ISE is the home of the long and distinguished Industrial and Management Engineering (IME) program which was founded in 1933.

Our graduates are highly sought after: they design manufacturing systems for new products; they plan for and respond to emergency events; they detect security threats to our country; they ensure the health and growth of corporations and financial systems. They are valued by Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and government agencies alike because of their strong technical engineering skills coupled with their broader perspectives of other disciplines and insights to human nature.

We hope you will join the expanding ISE family. Please contact us for more information.

An introductory video of Industrial and Systems Engineering