Quinnipiac Professor Corey Kiassat School of Engineering helps senior computer science major Leah Austin into an aging suit at the School of Engineering open house for faculty and staff Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the Center for Communications & Engineering on the university's Mount Carmel Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

BS in Industrial Engineering

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By the Numbers



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



The ranking of industrial engineering in the publication “200 best Jobs for Renewing America” (Laurence Shatkin, PH.D.)

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

Program Overview

Industrial engineers consistently research the inner-workings of conveyer belt assembly lines to maximize efficiencies in production. The Fliker scooter assembly line is one example of a permanent fixture in the industrial engineering workshop that is used to study this process.

A model of efficiency

Industrial engineers consistently research the inner-workings of conveyer belt assembly lines to maximize efficiencies in production. The Fliker scooter assembly line is one example of a permanent fixture in the industrial engineering workshop that is used to study this process.

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 Programs

Industrial Engineering Summer Camp Programs

July 29 to August 16

We're proud to offer two unique 19-day summer programs for high school students and area professionals.

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. The 19-day session will incorporate online instructions, as well as on-campus activities to work with actual robots. Participants will utilize RobotStudio software for learning robotics, in addition to learning about Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) exclusively online. Upon completion, participants will be able to use two different robots with engineering applications for various industrial environments. 

Registration closes on June 15.

Download the program brochure (PDF)
Yumi robot in industrial engineering lab

Innovative learning

The 19-day session will incorporate online instructions, and a day of on-campus activities to work with actual robots.

Industrial Engineering Online Summer Camp

The Industrial Engineering Online Summer Camp gives qualified high school students the opportunity to solve real engineering problems. The program is split up into 11 modules — including a fun zombie game — and gives students access to FlexSim, a unique program that simulates multiple industry types, including service, manufacturing and health care. With FlexSim, students will experiment with different scenarios to identify efficiencies, prevent bottlenecks and apply engineering solutions in a number of 3D industrial work environments. Participants who finish the program receive a certificate of completion from the Quinnipiac School of Engineering, while the top 3 performers receive awards.

Registration closes on June 15.

Download the program brochure (PDF)
Screen capture of zombie game

Another world

This program has 11 modules, including the zombie game, pictured here. The simulations cover several industry types, including service, manufacturing and health care. Students will experience the predictive power of simulation through experimentation.

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 in the state.

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 in Connecticut

  • Aptar Beauty Products, Stratford
  • MidState Medical Center, Meriden
  • Holo-Krome, Wallingford
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury
  • Crash Safety, East Hampton
  • Medtronic, North Haven
  • Unicorr, North Haven
  • Sikorsky, Stratford
  • UTC Aerospace

Virtual reality simulation

Mike Smizaski '17, a biomedical science major, partnered with industrial engineering majors Nico Northcutt ’17 and Nick Pinero ‘18 and faculty and students from 5 other disciplines across the university to create a patient simulation program.

Experiential learning

Mike Smizaski '17, a biomedical science major, partnered with industrial engineering majors Nico Northcutt ’17 and Nick Pinero ‘18 and faculty and students from 5 other disciplines across the university to create a patient simulation program.

Student Expirience

Virtual reality simulation developed to help prevent patient-drops

A team of Quinnipiac students and faculty have developed a virtual reality simulation that teaches patient-transfer techniques to future health care professionals. The program addresses both patient and health care providers: it aims to reduce the risk of dropping a patient during a transfer and reduce the risk of lower back injury among the health care provider lifting the patient.

“We were looking for a high-impact project that addressed actual problems,” said nursing professor Karen Myrick. “We found out that back injuries take the most nurses and physical therapists out of the workforce. The idea grew from there, and morphed into a major initiative.”

The simulation tracks a user’s movements through a virtual hospital setting that mimics the most common patient-transfer situations. It is customizable and offers users real-time feedback as to their posture and lifting technique. The simulation is also fully autonomous, enabling faculty to engage with students in other ways.

The project, made possible by The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, required the collaborative expertise of students and faculty from 6 disciplines across the College of Arts and Sciences and Schools of Engineering, Health Sciences and Nursing: biomedical science, computer science, game design, industrial engineering, nursing and physical therapy.

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 was also awarded the scholarship for outstanding achievement from 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, in 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 received outside recognition 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 enginnering alumnus and 4+1 candidate Jaclyn DellaGreca '17, MBA '18 is commited to safety, efficiency and increasing the bottom line. Still, the psychology minor is driven to enact positive change in people's lives.

It's not surprise that DellaGreca serves as Vice President of QUISE (Quinnipiac University Institute of Industrial and System Engineers), and also 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 the bottom line

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

At Branson Emerson Automation in Danbury, CT, DellaGreca helped migrate 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, minor in psychology '17, MBA Supply Chain Management '18


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Mastering the art of working smart

The Industrial Engineering Room, the collaborative heart of the industrial engineering program at Quinnipiac, 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, you'll learn to identify and address issues in workflow and production; improve workplace performance and safety; and successfully mitigate wasteful and costly practices.

The Industrial Engineering Room features some of the most advanced equipment in engineering education. Our FESTO Automation System teaches elements of programmable logic control, and allows you to examine and manipulate the moving parts of an automated assembly line. Our closed-loop, manual assembly line focuses more on ergonomics, and the many human factors at work on a production floor. It enables you to alter process design in order to increase efficiency and quality.

Our state-of-the-art driving simulator is a teaching resource not available in many engineering programs. Through it, you'll further experience how human decisions 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.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Industrial Engineering Curriculum

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

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
Social Science3
Fine Arts3
Personal Inquiry:
Part 1:
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
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
MA 251Calculus III4
Take one of the following CSC Courses3-4
CSC 106
Introduction to Programming for Engineers
CSC 110
& 110L
Programming and Problem Solving
and Programming and Problem Solving Lab
Select one of the following Mathematics and Science Electives:3
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 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 Systems3
IER 230Lean Systems Engineering3
IER 240Physical Human Factors and the Workplace1
IER 265Cognitive Human Factors and the Workplace2
IER 280Data Analytics I3
IER 310Operations Research I3
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 112
CER, IER, MER, SER Technical Electives 23
Open Electives9-10

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


One additional IER technical elective or any 300-level or higher ENR, CER, MER, SER courses that are not required for an IE degree.


10 credits if CSC 106 is taken instead of CSC 110 and CSC 110L.

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: 3
  • 2015-2016: 4, inaugural class