Undergraduate Degree Program


Baccalaureate Program

Director, Undergraduate Program: Charles J. Malmborg

The ISE department offers an undergraduate curriculum in Industrial and Management Engineering (IME). The first two years of this curriculum provide a strong foundation in basic science, engineering science, mathematics, and the humanities and social sciences. These two years are oriented toward the quantitative (mathematical) approach. Computer-based technology, including simulation, computational modeling, and systems design, is emphasized.

In the last two years of the program, students concentrate on building expertise in statistics, operations research, manufacturing and services engineering, and industrial engineering methods and models. Through the appropriate choice of electives, students can focus on their selected areas of interest. Design projects include problems in manufacturing, services, and public systems. It is advisable to develop a Plan of Study leading to the desired degree and concentration by the beginning of the third year. The department recommends that students declare their intent to major in Industrial and Management Engineering as early as possible in their academic career. Students are also urged to work closely with their assigned faculty advisers to ensure that all degree requirements are satisfied.

This curriculum requires a minimum of 131 credit hours and completion of the course requirements shown in the typical four-year program presented in the adjacent catalogs.  Please consult the catalog for your class as these are not identical.

The Industrial and Management Engineering program at Rensselaer is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

An introductory video of Industrial and Systems Engineering

How does ISE differ from other engineering disciplines?

  1. It is focused on systems integration;
  2. It places more emphasis on human interaction;
  3. It encourages broader business orientation.

ISEs focus their attention on the relationship between people and technologies by developing human-centered systems that effectively integrate scientific discovery and societal needs

Objectives of the Undergraduate Curriculum in Industrial and Management Engineering

The Industrial and Management Engineering program is designed to prepare students for continued learning and successful careers in industry, government, academia, and consulting. Within a few years of graduation our graduates of the Bachelor of Science programs are expected to:

  • Pursue professional positions in industry and/or graduate study programs in their areas of interest.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in their professional discipline through problem solving, discovery, leadership, and the responsible application of technology.
  • Continue to develop both professionally and personally through activities such as participation in professional societies, continuing education, and community service.

By the completion of their undergraduate studies, students in the Industrial and Management Engineering are expected to have:

  • the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to engineering problems.
  • the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • the ability to design systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • the ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • the ability to communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means.
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • a recognition of the need for and the ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • the ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills, and computing tools necessary for engineering practice.

IME Program Full-Time Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

  First Yr Second Yr Third Yr Fourth Yr Total Undergrad BS Degrees Awarded
2017 27 34 41 61 163  
2016 22 32 52 53 159 47
2015 15 34 63 36 148 50
2014 16 44 41 62 163 41
2013 20 23 60 44 147 42
2012 13 37 43 52 145 33
2011 14 27 53 37 131 42
2010 12 33 35 49 129 48
2009 15 21 41 48 125 29
2008 7 29 36 44 116 29

Arch Program

The Arch (previously known as the Summer Arch) requires rising juniors to remain on campus the summer between their sophomore and junior years to immerse themselves in academics and experiential activities. The students then use either the fall or spring semester of their junior year as an “away” semester. Students are advised to contact the Center for Career and Professional Development, CCPD, for additional information and help.

Details of the Arch program can be found in the Arch Fact Sheet.  Students should consult the ISE Summer Arch Draft Curriculum Template for courses.

In 2017, Rensselaer will launched the first of two pilots of the Arch program. Rising juniors (members of the Class of 2019) from the School of Engineering and the Lally School of Management had the opportunity to stay on campus and participate in the Arch program. In 2018, Rensselaer will launch the second pilot, and rising juniors (members of the Class of 2020), enrolled in all schools, will have the opportunity to participate in the Arch program. The ultimate launch will take place in 2019 and will include all members of the Class of 2021.


ISE Summer Reading List

We encourage incoming IME Freshmen to consult this readng list to help them get a more deep and thorough understanding of the field.

2017-2018 Industrial and Systems Engineering Recommended Reading List:

1.) Kim, G., Bahr, K., Spafford, G., The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win, First edition, IT Revolution Press, 2013.

2.) Goldratt, Eliyahu M., 1947-2011. The Goal : a Process of Ongoing Improvement. Great Barrington, MA :North River Press, 2004.

3.) Wolfe, Tom. The Right Stuff. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1979.

4.) Lewis, Michael. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.

5.) Assad, Srjang A., Gass, Saul I, Profiles in Operations Research: Pioneers and Innovators, Springer, 2011*.

*Emphasis on the following chapters:

O/R Foundations

Decision Analysis

Decision Making