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Rochester, MI 48309-4401
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Industrial and Systems Engineering

Welcome to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Dept.

What do Industrial and Systems Engineers and Engineering Managers do? They figure out how to do things better - by leading the design of products, processes and systems that improve quality and productivity.  It's why more and more companies are hiring as well as promoting them in industries such as automotive, energy, advanced and digital manufacturing, healthcare, defense, logistics, service and others.

ISE@OU has moved into new Engineering Center!

ISE@OU has moved into new Engineering Center!


The ISE Dept. offers the following undergraduate and graduate programs.

Our graduates have begun or advanced their careers, and our students have obtained internships and co-ops, at a variety of companies such as DTE Energy, Chrysler, General Dynamics, Siemens, Ford, WIlliams International, TACOM, General Motors, Faurecia, Rayconnect, Beaumont Hospital, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, BMW, Diagnostic Instruments, Dassault Systemes, Beckman Coulter, Daimler, Kia Motors, AMT, IEE, Molex, NASA and Disney.



The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering carries out the mission of the School of Engineering and Computer Science by offering an undergraduate major in Industrial and Systems Engineering. The department also offers master's programs in Industrial and Systems Engineering as well as in Engineering Management in cooperation with the School of Business Administration, and a doctoral program in Systems Engineering.

Program Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes

The ISE B.S. in Engineering Program Educational Objectives are a set of skills that are necessary to function successfully in modern engineering practice. It is expected that ISE graduates have been prepared in each of these areas and will exhibit each of these characteristics as they pursue their professional careers:

The objectives of the Industrial and Systems Engineering program are to produce graduates who:
  • will be able to design, develop, and implement systems which integrate people, materials, equipment, information and energy
  • will be capable of operating effectively in dynamic and diverse organizations
  • will demonstrate a professional attitude, integrity and commitment to life-long learning in their work
Student Outcomes are a set of skills that assure the achievement of the ISE program educational objectives. Before graduating, ISE students will demonstrate their skills in the following key areas:
  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 an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Who are ISE Department Alumni?

You are an alumnus of the ISE Department if you graduated from any of the following programs:

  • B.S.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • M.S. in Engineering Management
  • Ph.D. in Systems Engineering
  • B.S. in Systems Engineering - Manufacturing Option
  • M.S. in Systems Engineering - Manufacturing Option

All alumni are asked to contact Professor Robert Van Til (, 248-370-2211) to provide, or update, your ISE Dept. contact information.

Join ISE@OU on Linkedin

Alumni are invited to join our ISE@OU Networking & Mentoring group on Linkedin. This private, by invitation only group, provides a platform for ISE and EM alumni to network. It also allows alumni to e-mentor our current students. Please contact Professor Robert Van Til if you are interested in joining.

ISE Alumni Survey

If you are an Alumnus of our ISE Bachelor's program, please spend a few minutes taking the ISE@OU Alumni Survey. This survey is an important part of our continuous improvement process, thanks.

The ISE Industrial Advisory Board assists in enhancing ISE educational and research programs as well as ensuring their relevance to current and emerging technological needs.  Board members are:
  • Kerry Coran, Lean Practitioner, Genesys Health System
  • Kevin Dahm, Supervising Engineer, DTE Energy Co.
  • Greggory R. Garrett, CEO & Managing Director, CGS Advisors LLC
  • Cameron T. Hill, Workplace Organization Lead, World Class Manufacturing, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Patrick Hillberg, Solution Architect, Siemens PLM Software Corp.
  • Doneen McDowell, Plant Manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant, General Motors Corp.
  • Steve Savoie, Head of Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Bryan Talbert, Container Quality & Procurement Support Manager, General Motors Corp.
  • Anthony Verrino, Head of Stamping Manufacturing Control Operations, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Gary Warren, Operations Manager, Rayconnect Inc.
The ISE department offers several professional and workforce development courses aimed at working engineers looking to increase their skill sets, and their market value, without enrolling in an entire degree program. Courses cover a wide variety of topics including Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), lean and continuous improvement, energy management, engineering in the connected world, engineering project management and more.

These courses are designed with the working engineer in mind, with an heavy emphasis on engineering tools and industrial applications, rather than on theory. They are taught by OU faculty experts as well as by experts from industry, and are open to engineers from any field (ISE, ME, EE, CE, etc.) - no preliminary courses are required.

See Professional and Workforce Development Courses section for a list of current offerings. Contact Professor Robert Van Til at (248) 370-2211, or if you have any questions or need more information.