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Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering

The Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers defines industrial engineering as a branch of engineering that deals with the optimization of complex processes, systems or organizations. While some engineers design “things,” industrial engineers are often responsible for designing processes, or for analyzing and improving existing processes. Industrial engineers make things better in any industry—from automobile manufacturing and aerospace, to healthcare, forestry, finance, leisure and education. An industrial engineer works to identify and eliminate waste and unnecessary costs, as well as to improve the safety of the worker. Many of our students are awarded a Six Sigma Green Belt certification (an industry-recognized quality control program that utilizes process-improvement techniques) by achieving a minimum grade of B in our statistics courses.

Industrial engineers work across a number of specialties, including operations research, systems, manufacturing, production, management science, safety or ergonomics. Other specialized pursuits may include the following.

Data Analytics

Robotics and Computer-Integrated


Supply Chain Management

Management Engineering in Healthcare

Quality and Process Engineering

Systems Engineering

Production and Inventory Control

Human Productivity

Organization Administration

Environment Protection/Industrial Safety

Automatic Controls and Automation


Engineering Software Management

Technical Sales and Marketing

Project Management

Employers That Have Hired Louisiana Tech Industrial Engineering Students

Lockheed Martin

Proctor & Gamble



Fujitsu Network Communications

Georgia Pacific

Entergy Corp.

Folgers Coffee


United States Postal Service

The Boeing Company




Campbell Soup Company

Baxter Healthcare

Opportunities and Activities for Industrial Engineering Students

Outside of classes, industrial engineering students have many opportunities to socialize around common interests, serve as representatives for their fellow students, broaden their horizons and network across disciplines. These opportunities include student-run organizations, special interest clubs, special projects, competitions and honor societies.

• Design Projects with Local Industries

• Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)

• Plant Tours to View Industrial Engineering in Practice

• Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt Certifications

• Grand Challenge Scholars Program

• Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society)

• Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)

• Engineering and Science Association (ESA)

• Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

• Eco-marathon Competitions

• Student Government Association (SGA)

• Intramural Sports

For more information

Dr. Jun-Ing Ker
Industrial Engineering Program Chair
Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering
(318) 257-2963ker@latech.edu
Or Write To:
Industrial Engineering
Louisiana Tech University

P.O. Box 10348, Ruston, LA 71212