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BS in Industrial Engineering

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By the Numbers

$93,350


Rewarding

Average salary for graduates with industrial engineering degrees (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

4


Promising

The ranking of industrial engineering in the publication “200 Best Jobs for Renewing America” (Laurence Shatkin, PhD)

Top 20


Satisfying

The rating for industrial engineering among best jobs based on working environment, income, employment outlook, physical demand and stress (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Program Overview

A professor and two students talk at the automatic production line.

A model of efficiency

Industrial engineers consistently research the inner workings of systems to maximize efficiencies in production. Professor and Associate Dean Corey Kiassat works with Dang Minh Khoi Nguyen '20, left, and Shannon Hickey '19 on an assembly process on the fully automatic production line.

As an industrial engineer, you will draw upon a unique skill set that combines the technical field of engineering with the world of business management. An organization’s budget and bottom line will rest on your ability to examine the big picture. Automotive and aeronautic manufacturing firms, health care organizations and distribution centers alike will rely on you for the timely creation and delivery of their parts, products and services, as well as for managing their greatest resource: people.

Our curriculum is hands-on and career-focused, with a particularly strong emphasis on the fields of manufacturing and health care. You will learn how to design and implement systems and processes that effectively coordinate people, machines, materials, energy and other resources to eliminate waste, increase output and ensure quality. A range of state-of-the-art facilities such as our performance optimization lab will give you hands-on education in the many human and technological factors at play each day in any number of complex systems.

Throughout the program, interdisciplinary research projects will acclimate you to working in teams with other aspiring engineering professionals, while internships in professional settings such as Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, MidState Medical Center, Holo-Krome and Sikorsky prepare you for a successful career in industrial engineering.

Our accelerated dual-degree program enables you to earn either a BS and MBA in 5 years, or a BS and JD in 6 years, giving you a significant advantage as you start your career.

Our industrial engineering curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, meaning it meets the highest standards of engineering education. Its innovative combination of modern theory, interdisciplinary field projects and powerful internships builds the foundation necessary to launch a rewarding career.

Summer Camp Program

Robotics Summer Camp

The Robotics Summer Camp program is available to both qualified high school students and working professionals who are interested in learning and implementing engineering solutions. The program will introduce interested participants to two industrial robots and their applications through 15 days of online instructions. Participants will utilize RobotStudio software for learning robotics in addition to learning about Mobile Industrial Robots in an exclusively online environment. Participants will learn about how to program state-of-the-art robots.

Sessions:

  • June 08 – June 22, 2020
  • July 06 – July 20, 2020
  • August 03 – August 17, 2020
Email Emre Tokgoz to register Download the program brochure (PDF)
Yumi robot in the industrial engineering lab

Internship Opportunities

Proven in the field

As interns, our students do far more than observe, and we're building quite the reputation. Thanks to a deep network of partnerships, our students are able to make themselves indispensible to some of the best hospitals, component and consumer product manufacturers, and aircraft developers.

The first impressions our students give are lasting ones, and the companies they intern for recognize them for their work ethic, adaptability and creativity. In many cases, they are offered full-time positions by the end of their internships, or upon graduation.

Alisson Gil '18 inspects the equipment on the production floor at Aptar in Stratford, Connecticut during her summer internship.

It's on the line

Alisson Gil '18 inspects the equipment on the production floor at Aptar in Stratford, Connecticut, during her summer internship.

Examples of where our students have interned


  • Amcor Flexibles, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Amphenol Spectra Strip, Hamden, Connecticut
  • Aptar Beauty Products, Stratford, Connecticut
  • Boston Scientific, Irvine, California
  • Bozzuto's Transportation, Cheshire, Connecticut
  • Chabaso Bakery, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Comcast, New Britain, Connecticut
  • Crash Safety, East Hampton, Connecticut
  • Holo-Krome, Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Hubbell Wiring Device – Kellems, Newtown, Connecticut
  • Ineni Company, Sydney, Australia
  • Medtronic, North Haven, Connecticut
  • MidState Medical Center, Meriden, Connecticut
  • Port Authority of NY and NJ, New York
  • Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Connecticut
  • Sargent Manufacturing Co., New Haven, Connecticut
  • Sikorsky, Stratford, Connecticut
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, Connecticut
  • United Illuminating Co., Orange, Connecticut
  • Unicorr, North Haven, Connecticut
  • UTC Aerospace, Newington, Connecticut

Career outcomes

Prepared for success

Industrial engineering ranks in the Top 20 Best Jobs based on work environment, income, employment outlook, physical demand and stress. It also ranks 4th in the listing of “200 Best Jobs for Renewing America.” Our students enjoy a 100% placement rate six months after graduation.

Examples of where our students are employed


  • Boston Scientific, Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Bozzuto’s Transportation, Cheshire, Connecticut
  • GKN Aerospace, Newington, Connecticut
  • ITW Highland, Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Blue Buffalo, Wilton, Connecticut
  • Medtronic, North Haven, Connecticut
  • Mossberg, North Haven, Connecticut
  • Northeast Controls, Clifton Park, New York
  • Northwell Hospital, Long Island, New York
  • Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Connecticut
  • Sikorsky, Stratford, Connecticut
  • UCHC, Bronx, New York

Alumni Spotlight

Casey Miller '17 works with a pneumatic process automation machine, the same kind used in plants and on assembly lines all over the world.

A model of efficiency

Casey Miller '17 works with a pneumatic process automation machine, the same kind used in plants and on assembly lines all over the world.

Driven to achieve

Casey Miller ’17 is an example of a student who took advantage of the vast array of opportunities in the School of Engineering. For instance, she has the distinction of being the founder and president of the Quinnipiac University chapter of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, a nationwide organization. She also was awarded the scholarship for outstanding achievement from the Institute of Industrial Engineers Central CT Chapter two years in a row.

For Miller, however, the real joy came in applying her skills as a budding industrial engineer. She earned a university-funded research project through the Quinnipiac University Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship Symposium program, through which she worked in St. Mary’s Hospital to improve start-times for outpatient procedures. After analyzing surgical data and observing staff in the hospital’s operation department, Miller implemented Lean initiatives that significantly decreased late-starts and enabled staff to complete their daily caseload with limited strain.

“I’m so glad I was able to apply all of what I learned in my courses to all of my internship experiences,” she said.

Miller is recognized by Industrial Engineering Academicians and Professionals for her work on the project, and is set to present on it at two conferences, one in the realm of health care and the other in industrial engineering. 

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Helping people, process and profit

Industrial engineering alumnus and 4+1 candidate Jaclyn DellaGreca '17, MBA '18, is committed to safety, efficiency and increasing item production with good quality. Still, the psychology minor is driven to enact positive change in people’s lives.

It's no surprise that DellaGreca serves as vice president of QU - IISE (Quinnipiac University Institute of Industrial and System Engineers), and also was inducted into Psi Chi, a psychology honor society. However, it was during several internships that she realized she could manage supply chains and assembly lines while also bringing out the best in people. 

"I was able to see how my work affected the other employees and how I helped their daily operations," DellaGreca said.

Two students working on a conveyer belt, with one holding a drill.

Increasing productivity

Casey Miller and Jaclyn DellaGreca studying how industrial engineers approach the workings of a conveyer belt/assembly line.

At Branson Emerson Automation in Danbury, CT, DellaGreca helped mitigate worker risk on the assembly line, while at Crash Safety Reseach Center, in East Hampton, CT, she analyzed data from car accidents to determine how they could've been avoided. Later, at Medtronic, in North Haven, DellaGreca worked with the Operational Excellence Team to increase cost savings and bring products to market more quickly.

“I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities provided to me here at Quinnipiac,” she said. “They’ve helped me become the person and the engineer that I am today.”
Jaclyn DellaGreca '17, MBA '18
BA Industrial Engineering major, Psychology minor '17, MBA Supply Chain Management '18

Facilities

Facilities

Mastering the art of working smart

The Performance and Optimization Center, the collaborative heart of our industrial engineering program, is an interactive and interchangeable space that reflects a variety of complex work environments, from a factory floor to the central storage facilities of a major hospital.

Here, students learn to identify and address issues in workflow and production; improve workplace performance and safety; and successfully mitigate wasteful and costly practices. The Performance and Optimization Center features some of the most advanced equipment in engineering education — from demonstrating how to examine and manipulate the moving parts of an automated assembly line to how human decisions on the road impact safety and efficiency, particularly those made by fleet drivers and others responsible for transporting materials, products and people from one point to another.

To learn more about all of the centers in the School of Engineering, please visit our Centers and Resources page.

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Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Industrial Engineering Curriculum

The program requires 120 credits. Students must complete the following requirements: 

Within the policies of the School of Engineering, the Industrial Engineering program enforces credit limits during the academic terms. Exceeding 18 credits in the Fall or Spring semesters, 4 credits in the January term, or 10 credits in each Summer term requires the approval of the Dean's Office.

University Curriculum
Foundations of Inquiry:
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
Quantitative Literacy:
MA 285Applied Statistics3
Disciplinary Inquiry:
CHE 110
110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
Humanties3
Social Science3
Fine Arts3
Personal Inquiry:
Part 1:
BIO 101
101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
Humanties, Social Science, Fine Arts (2 classes; must be from two different areas)6
Part 2:
ENR 110The World of an Engineer3
MA 151Calculus I4
PHY 121University Physics4
Integrative Capstone:
University Capstone3
In additional to the University Curricum, students majoring in Industrial Engineering must complete the following requirements:
Foundational Courses for Industrial Engineering
MA 153Calculus II: Part A2
MA 154Calculus II: Part B2
Take one of the following CSC Courses3-4
CSC 106
Introduction to Programming for Engineers
or
CSC 110
110L
Programming and Problem Solving
and Programming and Problem Solving Lab
Select minimum of seven credits of the following Mathematics and Science Electives:7
BIO 102
General Biology II
BIO 208
Introduction to Forensic Science
CHE 111
General Chemistry II
MA 205
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (CSC 205)
MA 229
Linear Algebra
MA 251
Calculus III
MA 265
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 1
MA 301
Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
MA 365
Ordinary Differential Equations
PHY 122
University Physics II
Common Engineering Curriculum
ENR 210Engineering Economics and Project Management3
ENR 395Professional Development Seminar1
Industrial Engineering Courses
IER 220Production Systems (MER 225)3
IER 230Lean Systems Engineering (MER 235)3
IER 240Physical Human Factors and the Workplace (MER 245)1
IER 265Cognitive Human Factors and the Workplace (MER 265)2
IER 280Data Analytics I3
IER 310Operations Research I (MER 315)3
IER 360Operations Planning and Control3
IER 375Statistical Process Control3
IER 490Engineering Professional Experience1
IER 491Capstone Project I3
IER 498Capstone Project II3
Industrial Engineering Electives
IER Technical Electives 212
CER, IER, MER, SER Technical Electives 33
Open Electives9-10
1

Neither MA 229 nor MA 365 can be taken with MA 265

2

All IER courses that are not required for an IE degree.

3

One additional IER technical elective or any 200-level or higher ENR, CER, MER, SER courses that are not required for an IE degree.

Depending on math sequence taken, additional UC electives may be required.

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Enrollment and Graduation Data

Student enrollment


  • 2018-19: 33
  • 2017-18: 28
  • 2016-17: 20
  • 2015-16: 19
  • 2014-15: 14
  • 2013-14: 7
  • 2012-13: 1

Number of industrial engineering program graduates


  • 2017-18: 5
  • 2016-17: 4
  • 2015-2016: 4, inaugural class