Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Industrial Engineering Major

General Information

The Industrial Engineering curriculum prepares engineers to design, improve, install, and operate integrated systems of people, materials, and equipment needed by industry, commerce, and society. Industrial engineers prevent anticipated problems as well as solve current problems by applying the principles of engineering science, operations research, computer science, work analysis, product and process design and planning, human factors, quality assurance, and management. The curriculum is designed to provide strength in mathematics, basic science, and engineering science plus a carefully coordinated set of courses that are particularly relevant to the professional industrial engineer.

While providing Industrial Engineering students with a theoretical base, the IE program also emphasizes practical application of engineering principles to real problems and products. The program provides intensive laboratory and hands-on project work sponsored by local companies each year. Students obtain significant hands-on project experience before they graduate.

The program leading to the BSIE degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion, students are prepared to pursue a wide variety of professional opportunities in industrial, commercial, and public service enterprises. The curriculum provides an excellent background for advanced study in industrial engineering, operations research, computer science, engineering management, business administration, law, and other fields.

Industrial Engineering Faculty

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management’s primary goal is to effectively teach industrial engineering at the undergraduate level and engineering management at the graduate level. The department is guided by our Advisory Board which consists of Alumni, Faculty from other Industrial Engineering programs, and working professionals from local, regional, and national companies. We are very proud of our students who continue to be very successful sought after individuals who constantly serve as ambassadors for our program. Industrial Engineering (IE) at Western New England University will be a regional and national leader in communicating engineering knowledge and innovation associated with designing, operating, and improving processes for producing and delivering products and services. Industrial Engineering will educate the utilization of resources, including people, equipment, capital, materials, information, and energy. This will be accomplished by the use of classroom, and laboratory instruction supplemented by repeated exposure to actual industrial projects in “learning beyond the classroom” opportunities.

Program Mission

As a strategic partner in alliance with the mission of the University, we strive to educate engineers who have the ability to help their organizations make the most effective use of resources, including people, equipment, capital, materials, information, and energy. Our graduates will enable their organization to be productive, flexible, and customer oriented. They will apply engineering skills to design effective systems and to devise procedures with which to operate these systems. And, they will continuously strive to improve both themselves through continuous education, and their organizations through avoidance and elimination of harmful or wasteful practices. Specifically, IE seeks to:

  1. educate engineers who will be successful in their professional careers;
  2. educate engineers who understand the metrics of an organization and what it takes to be a successful member of that organization;
  3. provide selected research and services to industry and government to meet their specific needs;
  4. contribute to the advancement of the IE profession through faculty leadership; and
  5. enhance the overall reputation of the College of Engineering and Western New England University.

Educational Objectives

The Educational Objectives of the Industrial Engineering program describe the expected achievements of graduates several years after graduation. Graduates of the BSIE program will achieve the following:

  1. successful application of contemporary tools, knowledge, experience, and critical thinking to effectively solve engineering problems;
  2. implementation of effective solutions which successfully integrate people, materials, information, equipment, capital, and energy;
  3. effective collaboration and communication in individual and team settings;
  4. contribute as well-informed, ethical, and dependable members of society; and
  5. continually increase their knowledge and experience throughout their career.

Program Outcomes

The outcomes that we strive for our students to possess:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in lifelong learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

ENGL 132English Composition I

3 cr.

ENGR 102First Year Engineering Seminar

1 cr.

ENGR 103Introduction to Engineering

4 cr.

MATH 133Calculus I

4 cr.

PEHR 151Personal Health and Wellness

1 cr.

PHYS 133Mechanics

4 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 133English Composition II

3 cr.

ENGR 105Computer Programming for Engineers

2 cr.

ENGR 110Data Acquisition and Processing

3 cr.

MATH 134Calculus II

4 cr.

PHYS 134Electricity and Magnetism

4 cr.

PEHR 153-199Lifetime Activity

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

CHEM 105General Chemistry I

4 cr.

ME 202Statics

3 cr.

EE 205Electrical Engineering I

4 cr.

MATH 236Differential Equations

3 cr.

SBP XXXSocial/Behavioral Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

AC 201/HONB 203Financial Reporting

3 cr.

IE 212Probability and Statistics

3 cr.

MATH 235Calculus III

3 cr.

xxxMathematics or Basic Science Elective

3 cr.

PH XXXEthical Perspective

3 cr.

LBC XXXLearning Beyond the Classroom

No cr.

Total Credit Hours:15

Junior Year - Fall Semester

IE 308Work Analysis and Design

3 cr.

IE 312Engineering Economic Analysis

3 cr.

IE 318Mathematical Programming for Engineers

2 cr.

IE 326Production Planning and Control

3 cr.

IE 419Industrial Engineering Computer Applications

3 cr.

CUL XXXCultural Studies Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Junior Year - Spring Semester

ME 322Manufacturing Processes

3 cr.

IE 315Quality Control and Engineering Statistics

3 cr.

IE 328Lean Six-Sigma for Engineers

2 cr.

IE 334Computer Simulation and Design

3 cr.

xxxTechnical or Design Elective

3 cr.

HIST XXXHistorical Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Senior Year - Fall Semester

IE 429Design and Analysis of Experiments

3 cr.

IE 428Facility Design & Material Handling

2 cr.

IE 439Senior Design Projects I

3 cr.

xxxTechnical or Design Elective

3 cr.

GEN XXXGeneral Elective

3 cr.

ILP XXXIntegrated Liberal Professional Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Senior Year - Spring Semester

IE 420Industrial Engineering Operations Research

3 cr.

IE 440Senior Design Projects II

3 cr.

xxxTechnical Elective

3 cr.

xxxDesign Elective

3 cr.

GEN XXXGeneral Elective

3 cr.

LBC XXXLearning Beyond the Classroom

No cr.

Total Credit Hours:15
  1. General Education courses must be selected in such a way to insure that all “perspective of understanding” requirements have been satisfied.
  2. Mathematics or Basic Science Electives are biological, chemical, or physical sciences courses or mathematics course 300 level or above.
  3. Technical or design electives are engineering, math, or science courses normally numbered 300 or above or courses approved by the department chair.
  4. General Elective. Selected on approval of the academic advisor.

Total credit hours required for graduation –132.

The 2.0 required minimum grade point average in the major is based upon all IE courses pursued as a part of the student’s degree program. In addition, a minimum grade of C is required in all IE design projects.