Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

http://www.ncat.edu/coe/departments/inen/index.html

Tonya Smith-Jackson, Chairperson

DEGREES OFFERED

Industrial and Systems Engineering – Bachelor of Science (Curriculum Guide)

MISSION

The mission of the BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) program is to transform the industrial and systems engineering pipeline by providing educational and research experiences relevant to societal and industry needs and enabling individual development into technically proficient, culturally competent, collaborative leaders making a positive difference for their employers, communities, and the discipline; always embracing excellence in performance and conduct.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

The BS in ISE Program Objectives are established by the faculty of the industrial and systems engineering department. In determining these objectives, the stakeholders of the BS in ISE Program are consulted at least once every three years. Furthermore, the objectives are verified for consistency with the mission, goals and objectives of the University and the College of Engineering. The objectives of the BS in ISE Program are to produce graduates who:

  1. Apply technical and business skills based on industrial and systems engineering principles for a variety of employers in the manufacturing and service industries.
  2. Apply information technology tools and systems engineering methods.
  3. Lead and function in interdisciplinary, culturally and/or globally diverse teams.
  4. Contribute to their communities, the profession of industrial and systems engineering, and the University.
  5. Engage in life long learning including the pursuit of graduate studies.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The Industrial and Systems Engineering major must complete 120 credit hours following the approved departmental curriculum. Majors must also satisfy all University and College of Engineering requirements.

ACCREDITATION

The undergraduate program in Industrial and Systems Engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering degree, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC-ABET.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 

Industrial and systems engineering is one of the major engineering fields in the United States with a significant need. Starting salaries for industrial and systems engineers are competitive with those of other engineering disciplines. The education that industrial and systems engineers receive also prepares them for rapid advancement to higher level managerial positions.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS IN GENERAL ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
General Engineering

GEEN 100. Engineering Design and Ethics Credit 2(2-0)
This course introduces students to engineering and computer science disciplines and functions, professional licensure, the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, code of ethics, safety, the design process, creative thinking, teamwork, and technical writing. A case study on ethics and the application of the design process through a team project are required.

GEEN 111. College of Engineering Colloquium I Credit 1(1-0)
This course includes lectures, seminars, and activities important to the retention and matriculation of students in the college of engineering. Students are introduced to various engineering and computer science degree programs and their respective professions, and are also provided with group advisement regarding department, college, and university-level policies and procedures.

GEEN 161. Computer Programming in MatLab for Engineers Credit 2(0-4)
This course introduces computer programming using MatLab. Topics include flow chart construction and interpretation, procedural control flow, algorithm coding development, and spreadsheets.

GEEN 164. Engineering Programming II Credit 1(0-2)
This is an independent study formatted course to prepare engineering students to take further computer courses. Students will write programs in an object-oriented programming language.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

ISEN 102. Graphical Visualization for Industrial Engineers Credit 2(1-2)
This course introduces computer-aided drafting in two dimensions, multi-view drawings, plant and building layouts, reading blueprints and interpreting engineering drawings, flow process charts, and plotting functions in 2 and 3 dimensions.

ISEN 121. Industrial and Systems Engineering Colloquium Credit 1(1-0)
This course includes lectures, seminars and activities important to the retention and matriculation of industrial and systems engineering students. Topics covered include learning styles, group dynamics, industrial and systems engineering history, and career development. Students are also provided with group advisement regarding department, college, and university-level policies and procedures.

ISEN 162. Computer Programming in VisualBasic for Engineers Credit 2(0-4)
This course introduces computer programming using VisualBasic. Topics include flow chart construction and interpretation, procedural control flow, user and application interface development, and spreadsheets.

ISEN 246. Industrial Production Processes Credit 3(2-2)
This course introduces various types of manufacturing processes including metal casting, forming, shaping, material removal and joining. The course also covers basic jig, fixture and gage design. Material removal rates and machining formulas are also explored. Laboratory projects are required. Prerequisite: GEEN 100.

ISEN 255. Methods Engineering Credit 3(2-2)
This courses introduces the concepts of methods analysis, documentation and improvement, time and motion study, determination of time standards using time study, work sampling and predetermined times standards. The course also discusses job evaluation, productivity measures, and learning curves. Laboratory projects are required. Prerequisite: GEEN 100.

ISEN 260. Engineering Economy Credit 2(2-0)
This course introduces the concept of time value of money, cash flows, and the methods of evaluating alternatives based on present worth, annual worth, rate of return, payback period and cost benefit analysis. The course also introduces breakeven analysis, replacement analysis, depreciation methods and the effect of income taxes and inflation on economy studies. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ISEN 286. Engineering Teams and Leadership Credit 1(1-0)
This course covers industrial relations and organizational structures, project management, teamwork, interpersonal skills, and leadership in an engineering organization. Prerequisites: GEEN 100 and ENGL 100.

ISEN 324. Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Credit 3(2-2)
This course covers Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and their integration. Topics include computer-aided design, process planning, Numerical Control (NC) programming and operation, Group Technology (GT), rapid prototyping, integrated production planning and control, and integrated manufacturing data systems. Design projects will be required. Prerequisites: ISEN 246.

ISEN 360. Engineering Economy Credit 2(2-0)
This course introduces the concept of time value of money, cash flows, and the methods of evaluating alternatives based on present worth, annual worth, rate of return, payback period and cost benefit analysis. The course also introduces breakeven analysis, replacement analysis, depreciation methods and the effect of income taxes and inflation on economy studies. Prerequisite: MATH 131.

ISEN 361. Engineering Economy and Cost Analysis Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers the time value of money, cash flows, and methods of evaluating alternatives based on present worth, annual worth, rate of return, payback period and benefit/cost analysis including consideration for depreciation, taxes and inflation. The course also introduces cost determination for decision-making, breakeven analysis, and replacement analysis. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ISEN 370. Engineering Statistics Credit (3-0)
This course introduces data presentation and analysis, frequency distributions, probability concepts and axioms of probability. Random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions, calculus based probability calculations, joint distributions, conditional probability and independence are covered. Independence of events is applied to engineering system reliability. Students are introduced to concepts of sampling, sampling distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: MATH 132.

ISEN 380. Information Technology for Industrial and Systems Engineers Credit 3(2-2)
This course introduces the planning and design techniques used for enterprise information systems. The course addresses basic concepts of database systems, network systems, system analysis and planning, and human-computer systems. Systems concepts, fundamentals of VBA, and the role of computers in industrial and systems engineering are stressed. Prerequisite: ISEN 162.

ISEN 386. Systems Approaches for Industrial and Systems Engineers Credit 1(1-0)
This course introduces current techniques for systems design, analysis and improvement. Prerequisite: Junior standing as ISEN major.

ISEN 400. Problem Solving in Industrial and Systems Engineering Credit 1(0-2)
This course emphasizes open-ended problem solving. Students work in teams to solve problems spanning a variety of industrial and systems engineering topics. Prerequisites: Senior standing as ISE major, ISEN 361, ISEN 430, ISEN 465, ISEN 471.

ISEN 415. Discrete Event Systems Modeling and Simulation Credit 3(2-2)
Concepts of random variate generation, Monte Carlo and discrete event simulation will be introduced. Simulation languages are introduced in this course. One general simulation language is taught in depth. The use of simulation modeling in design and improvement of production and service is emphasized. Projects are required. Prerequisites: ISEN 380, and senior standing as ISEN major.

ISEN 425. Quality Assurance Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces the concepts of quality control and assurance. Topics include statistical control charts, attributes and variable sampling plans, quality philosophies, process capability, quality function deployment, ISO 9000 and quality auditing. Applications in service and production systems are emphasized. Prerequisite: ISEN 370.

ISEN 428. Lean Six Sigma Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on the practical application of lean techniques in conjunction with the Six Sigma DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) roadmap. This involves application of process flow, quality and data analysis techniques to solve business and operations problems. This course provides the training basis for achieving the skill level of a Six Sigma Green Belt.  Prerequisite: ISEN 370.

ISEN 430. Deterministic Operations Research Credit 3(3-0)
Deterministic models of operations research are discussed with special emphasis on linear programming. Topics covered include formulation and computer solution of mathematical programs, simplex algorithm, transportation problem, and network flow. Prerequisite: MATH 350.

ISEN 434. Material Handling Systems Design Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on design, and analysis of materials handling and flow in manufacturing facilities and warehouses. Principles, functions, equipment and theoretical approaches in materials handling are discussed. Tools for the automation of materials handling are introduced. Design projects are required. Prerequisites: INEN 465.

ISEN 435. Stochastic Operations Research Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces the concepts of probabilistic operations research models and solution techniques. Specific topics covered include Poisson process, Markov chains, queuing models and their applications, decision and risk analysis, and dynamic programming. Prerequisites: ISEN 370 and MATH 350.

ISEN 440. Decision Support Systems for Industrial and Systems Engineers Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers the design of decision support systems for production and service systems based on quantitative models. Applications of spreadsheets, databases, and integrated software development environments are emphasized. Prerequisites: ISEN 380, ISEN 430, and senior standing.

ISEN 446. Automation and Production Systems Credit 3(2-2)
This course covers automation systems including programmable controllers and robotics, design for manufacturing and assembly, material selection, flexible manufacturing systems, group technology, just-in-time manufacturing, process planning, and economics of manufacturing. Prerequisite: ISEN 324.

ISEN 448. Occupational Biomechanics Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces the underlying principles behind the mechanical behavior of the musculoskeletal system during industrial work situations. Their applications in the evaluation and design of industrial jobs are emphasized. Course topics include the musculoskeletal system, biomechanical models, work capacity, and bioinstrumentation. Prerequisite: INEN 471.

ISEN 450. Systems Integration Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers applications and case studies that address cost, human factors, energy, information, and materials as it applies to the design of production and service systems. Group work will be emphasized. Selection of appropriate analytical, computational and experimental techniques will be required. Prerequisites: INEN 465, 471, 472, and senior standing. A design project is required.

ISEN 453. Technical Entrepreneurship Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces technology entrepreneurial perspective and technology venture creation. The course addresses concepts essential to the entrepreneurial process such as taking a technology idea and finding a commercial opportunity, gathering resources, leading the team, building a business plan, marketing the concept, and managing rapid growth. Prerequisites: Senior standing.

ISEN 455. Production Control Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces the concepts of demand forecasting, aggregate production planning, inventory control, project planning, line balancing and job scheduling. Relationships with demand-driven methods, enterprise resource planning, and supply chain management are covered. Corequisite: ISEN 430.

ISEN 458. Management of Engineering Projects Credit 3(3-0)
This course provides an overview of activities required of a technical project manager. Such activities include project life cycle, team formation and leadship, planning, scheduling, budgeting, and control. Project management software is utilized. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

ISEN 460. Decision Support Systems for Industrial and Systems Engineers Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers the design of decision support systems for production and service systems based on quantitative models.  Applications of spreadsheets, databases, and integrated software development environments are emphasized.  INEN 380, INEN 430, and senior standing.

ISEN 465. Facilities Design Credit 3(2-2)
The course presents a study of the theory and practice of facilities design: activity and flow analysis, space requirements, layout techniques, material handling, warehousing, location selection, and problem-solving with computer-aided layout techniques. Design projects in facilities layout required. Prerequisite: ISEN 255.

ISEN 468. Material Handling Systems Design Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on design, and analysis of materials handling and flow in manufacturing facilities and warehouses.  Principles, functions, equipment and theoretical approaches in materials handling are discussed. Tools for the automation of materials handling are introduced. Design projects are required. Prerequisite: ISEN 465.

ISEN 471. Ergonomics Credit 2(1-2)
This course introduces ergonomics and biomechanics concepts. Topics include psychomotor work capabilities, anthropometry, environmental stressors, physical workload, safety, hazard and risk factor identification, work station design, and material handling. Data collection methods and report writing are emphasized. Lab projects are required. Prerequisite: Junior standing as ISEN major.

ISEN 472. Cognitive Human Factors Engineering Credit 2(1-2)
This course introduces elements of cognitive human factors. Topics include human sensation and perception, cognition, information processing, attention, signal detection theory, mental workload, and decision-making. Lab projects are required. Prerequisite: Junior standing as ISEN major.

ISEN 473. Occupational Biomechanics Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces the underlying principles behind the mechanical behavior of the musculoskeletal system during industrial work situations. Their applications in the evaluation and design of industrial jobs are emphasized. Course topics include the musculoskeletal system, biomechanical models, work capacity, and bioinstrumentation. Prerequisite: ISEN 471.

ISEN 475. Design of Experiments Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces various experimental designs to analyze data for research projects, process improvements, human factors studies and surveys. Designs covered include complete and incomplete randomized designs, Latin squares and factorial designs. Suitable laboratory apparatus is used to study the effect of design parameters on selected responses. Statistical software is utilized to analyze results. Parametric statistics such as analysis of variance are introduced. Prerequisite: ISEN 370.

ISEN 480. Systems Engineering Credit 3(3-0)
This course covers applications and case studies that address cost, human factors, energy, information, and materials as it applies to the design of production and service systems. Group work will be emphasized. Selection of appropriate analytical, computational and experimental techniques will be required. A design project is required. Prerequisites: ISEN 465, 471, 472, and senior standing.

ISEN 485. Selected Topics in Industrial and Systems Engineering Variable Credit 1-3
Selected engineering topics of interest to students and faculty. The topics will be selected before the beginning of the course and will be pertinent to the programs of the students enrolled. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

ISEN 486. Professionalism and Ethics for Industrial and Systems Engineers Credit 1(1-0)
This course covers professional licensing, professional practice, ethics, laws and regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the role of continuing education. Prerequisites: Senior standing.

ISEN 495. Design Projects in Industrial and Systems Engineering Credit 3(0-6)
This course requires students to work on a real-life design project from industry. The project requires students to analyze, design, and recommend through economic justification the best design alternative. A final report and an oral presentation are required. Students demonstrate the feasibility of their designs in terms of safety, aesthetics, reliability, cost, social and ethical values. This course is only open to ISE majors. Prerequisite: Senior standing as ISE major, ISEN 361, 415, 430, 465, 471.

DIRECTORY OF FACULTY

Lauren Davis
Associate Professor
B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology; M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Salil Desai
Associate Professor
B.S., University of Mumbai; M.S., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Steven X. Jiang
Associate Professor
B.S.M.E., East China Institute of Technology; MS, Nanjing University of Science & Technology; Ph.D., Clemson University

Zhichao Li
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., Tianjin University of Technology and Education; Ph.D., Kansas State University

Daniel Mountjoy
Adjunct Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., Wright State University; Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Stephen Oneyear
Adjunct Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin

Eui H. Park
Professor
B.S., Yonsei University; M.S., Ph.D., Mississippi State University, M.B.A., City University

Xiuli Qu
Associate Professor
B.E.E.E., M.S.E.E., University of Science and Technology Beijing; M.S.I.E., Ph.D., Purdue University

Bala Ram
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
B.S., M.S., Indian Institute of Technology Madras; Ph.D., State University of New York; Professional Engineer

Sanjiv Sarin
Professor and Graduate School Dean
B.S., M.S., Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; Ph.D., State University of New York; Professional Engineer

Younho Seong
Associate Professor
B.S.I.E., M.S.I.E., Inhwa University; Ph.D., State University of New York

Tonya Smith-Jackson
Professor and Chairperson
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S., Ph.D., North Carolina State University; Certified Professional Ergonomist

Paul Stanfield
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., North Carolina State University; M.B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ph.D., North Carolina State University; Professional Engineer