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 128 credit hours and completion of the course requirements shown in the typical four-year program presented below.

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
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 involves students who are rising juniors remaining on campus the summer between their sophomore and junior years to immerse themselves in academics and experiential activities. This is followed by an “away” semester taken during either the fall or spring of the student’s junior year. An excellent use of the junior year away semester is for a co-op experience by combining it with the subsequent summer. Use Center for Career and Professional Development, CCPD, for additional information and help. Arch Fact Sheet Pilot Programs: ISE Summer Arch Draft Curriculum Template In 2017, Rensselaer will launch the first of two pilots of the Summer Arch. Rising juniors (members of the Class of 2019) from the School of Engineering and the Lally School will have the opportunity to stay on campus and participate in the Summer Arch. 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 Summer Arch. The ultimate launch will take place in 2019 and will include all members of the Class of 2021.