The Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Wichita State University is committed to experience-based instruction and research in design, analysis and operation of manufacturing and other integrated systems of people, material, equipment and money. Simply put, our graduates make the world a better place by improving the way things work.

ISME Students

Our Programs

Two Undergraduate Degree Programs: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (IE) and Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering, which are ABET-accredited programs.  

Three Graduate Degree Programs: Master of Engineering Management, Master of Science in IE, and Doctor of Philosophy in IE, which allow specialization in manufacturing systems, operations research, production and supply chain analytics, engineering systems, quality and reliability, and ergonomics/human factors engineering.

Five Graduate Certificate Programs
: Additive Manufacturing, Foundations of Six Sigma and Quality Improvement, Lean Systems, Systems Engineering and Management, and Enterprise Systems and Supply Chain Management.



Graduate Degree Programs


What do industrial engineers do?

Industrial engineers apply scientific knowledge to solve problems in manufacturing and other industries, businesses, and institutions, focusing on productivity improvement through better use of human resources, financial resources, natural resources and manmade structures and equipment. IEs apply a full range of analytical, simulation, and experimentation tools that are applied to problems in designing, planning, implementing, and operating systems. These problems are found in a wide variety of service organizations (such as, banks, hospitals, social service and governmental agencies), project-based firms (such as, construction and consulting), and product-based firms (such as, processing, manufacturing, and electronics). The focus of industrial engineering is systems integration and improvement. 

Robotics Lab

What do manufacturing engineers do?

Manufacturing Engineering is concerned with converting raw materials and intermediate products into final and other intermediate products through the use of various design, processing, assembly, and automation techniques as well as the design and manufacturing of tools, jigs, and machines used in these processes. The strength of the Product Design and Manufacturing Egnineering program at Wichita State is its emphasis on the following manufacturing engineering areas: materials and processes; product engineering and assembly; industrial robotics and automation; manufacturing quality and productivity. Manufacturing engineers can apply their broad and comprehensive skills in a wide spectrum of industries.