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  • Introduction
  • Graduate Council
  • Graduate Degree Programs
  • Summary of Procedures
  • Message from the Chancellor
  • University Profile
  • Objectives, Regulations and Degrees
  • Departments and Course Descriptions
  • The Graduate School of Business
  • Fees and General Information
  • Academic Facilities and Resources
  • University Centers & Research Units
  • Student Affairs
  • Graduate Faculty
  • Appendix A
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    Industrial Engineering

    John English

    Head of the Department

    4207 Engineering Center


    E-mail: jre@uark.edu


    Scott J. Mason

    Graduate Studies Chair

    4207 Bell Engineering Center


    E-mail: mason@uark.edu

    Web: http://www.ineg.uark.edu/

    ē University Professor Emeritus Imhoff
    ē Distinguished Professor White
    ē Professors English, Johnson
    ē Associate Professor Fant, Pohl, Rossetti
    ē Adjunct Associate Professor Gattis
    ē Assistant Professors Cassady, Chimka, Mason, Nachtmann

    Degrees Conferred:

    M.S.I.E. (INEG)

    M.S. in Operations Management (OMGT)
             (See Operations Management)

    M.S.O.R. in Operations Research (ORES)
             (See Operations Research)

    M.S.E., Ph.D. in Engineering (ENGR) (See Engineering)


    Areas of Research Activity: A critical component of all graduate-level work is scholarly activity through the completion of substantive research. These activities take place through the completion of doctoral dissertations, masterís theses, and masterís research projects. The department encourages the completion of masterís theses, particularly for those students holding assistantship appointments.

    Research areas of concentration at both the masterís and doctoral levels include the following: artificial intelligence/expert systems, computer assisted processes, computer integrated manufacturing, financial engineering, engineering administration, facilities analysis/design, human factors/ergonomics, manufacturing automation/robotics, material handling, operations research, productivity measurement/analysis, production control/scheduling, and quality control/reliability.


    Primary Areas of Faculty Research: Automation and robotics; economic decision analysis; electronics manufacturing; engineering and quality management; ergonomics, human factors and safety; manufacturing and transportation logistics; material handling and warehousing systems; operations research; quality, reliability, maintainability; and scheduling.

    Prerequisites to the M.S.I.E. Degree Program:

    1. There are no prerequisites for students with an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited industrial engineering program.

    2. For students with an engineering degree other than industrial engineering or from a non-accredited engineering program, a number of prerequisite courses are required. These are presented in a departmental manual for graduate students that should be obtained by all students entering programs at the graduate level. The graduate handbook is available online at the Industrial Engineering Web site listed above.


    Requirements for the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering Degree: In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, the following departmental requirements must be satisfied by candidates for the M.S.I.E. degree:


    1. Candidates who present a thesis are required to complete a minimum of 24 graduate credit hours plus six hours of thesis.

    2. Candidates who present a project are required to complete a minimum of 27 graduate credit hours plus three hours of INEG 513V Masterís Research Project and Report.

    3. Candidates who do not present either a thesis or project are required to complete 30 semester hours of course work.

    4. Candidates must successfully complete a masterís oral examination that is conducted by the candidateís committee.

    5. Courses Taken for Graduate Credit: A limited number of 4000-level courses may be taken for graduate credit as specified by the departmentís Handbook for Advanced Degrees. Some of these 4000-level courses are required in the departmentís undergraduate program.

    6. Attendance at INEG graduate seminar is required of all graduate students in Industrial Engineering.


    A Certificate of Achievement in Electronics Manufacturing is available for students seeking a graduate degree in an engineering discipline. See page 89.




    INEG4223 Occupational Safety and Health Standards (SP)  Survey of existing and proposed standards by examining fundamental physical, economic, and legal bases. Performance vs. specific standards. Enforceability and data collection. National consensus and promulgation process. Includes a computer-based design project. Prerequisite: PHYS 2054 or graduate standing.

    INEG4233 Energy Conservation (IR)  Elements of heat gain and heat loss in structures. Analysis and identification of energy loads in structures; heating load, lighting load, hot water load, distribution and equipment load, and cooling load. Identification and analysis of energy conservation measures. Economic analysis, life-cycle costing, payback period. Case studies and real structure analysis. Prerequisite: INEG 3413 and PHYS 2074.

    INEG4243 Industrial Energy Management (IR)  Analysis of energy use in the industrial environment. Characteristics, quality, quantity, and delivery systems of various industrial energy courses. Identification of major energy consuming items in industry. Energy conservation measures and economic analysis for industry. Prerequisite: INEG 3513 and INEG 3413.

    INEG4323 Quality Engineering and Management (SP)  Provides the student with complete coverage of the functional area of ďQuality AssuranceĒ ranging from the need for such a function, how it works, techniques utilized, and managerial approaches for insuring its effectiveness. Prerequisite: senior standing.

    INEG4333 Industrial Statistics (FA, SP)  Application of statistical techniques to industrial problems; relationships between experimental measurements using regression and correlation theory and analysis of variance models; emphasis on inherent variability of production processes; control chart techniques and the use of exponential and Weibull models in reliability analysis; acceptance sampling procedures. Prerequisite: INEG 3313.

    INEG4423 Advanced Engineering Economy (FA)  Preparation of feasibility studies, including cost estimation, risk and uncertainty, sensitivity analysis and decision making. Effects of taxes, depreciation and financing costs on cash flows. Prerequisite: INEG 3413.

    INEG4433 Engineering Management (FA)  Studies of cases in engineering administration emphasizing human relationships in a technical environment. Productivity/quality enhancement through an understanding of organizational design and behavior, motivation and reward systems, and participative management. Prerequisite: senior standing.

    INEG4443 Project Management  (SP, Odd years)  Analysis of the strategic level of engineering management including environment, planning, organization, and staffing. Professional creativity, motivation, leadership, and ethics are explored. At the tactical level, project selection, control and systems management are analyzed. Organizational behavior and models related to scientific and professional employees are examined. Prerequisite: senior standing.

    INEG4453 Productivity Improvement  (SP, Even years)  Analysis of common productivity problems. Development of skills required to: diagnose problems; measure productivity; develop improvement strategies; and provide for the implementation and maintenance of productivity measurement and improvement systems. Prerequisite: senior standing.

    INEG4513 Electronics Manufacturing Processes (FA)  Introduction to manufacturing processes and concurrent engineering in the electronics industry. Survey of electronics components and products and the processes of fabrication and assembly. Principles of design, productivity, quality, and economics. Emphasis on manufacturability. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. (Same as ELEG 4273) Corequisite: INEG 4510L. Prerequisite: ELEG 3903 (or ELEG 2103) and INEG 3313 (or STAT 3013).

    INEG4510L Electronics Manufacturing Processes Laboratory (FA)  Corequisite: INEG 4513.

    INEG4523 Automated Production (FA, SP)  Industrial robots and robot programming, industrial logic control systems, programmable controllers for the control of work stations, and conveyor systems. On-line computer control and microprocessors. Group technology, flexible manufacturing systems, and computer-integrated manufacturing. Laboratory required. Corequisite: INEG 4520L. Prerequisite: INEG 3513 or graduate standing.

    INEG4520L Automated Production Laboratory (FA, SP)  Corequisite: INEG 4523.

    INEG4533 Application of Machine Vision (SP)  Automated machine vision applied to assembly and inspection tasks traditionally performed by human operators; development of application by acquiring image, processing image data, analyzing image and transmitting results; application analysis, selection and economics. Laboratory required. Corequisite: INEG 4530L. Prerequisite: senior standing.

    INEG4530L Application of Machine Vision Laboratory (SP)  Corequisite: INEG 4533.

    INEG4553 Production Planning and Control (SP)  Operational problems of production systems including a control of purchased materials inventory; scheduling a job shop, batch, and continuous production processes for single and multi-item product lines; planning of work force and inventory under seasonal and stochastic demand. Prerequisite: INEG 3613.

    INEG4563 Application of Robotics (FA)  Industrial robotics, programming and applications; tooling and interfacing with peripheral equipment, sensor technology, machine vision; application analysis, selection, and justification; research, economics, human interface. Laboratory required. Corequisite: INEG 4560L. Prerequisite: senior standing.

    INEG4560L Application of Robotics Laboratory (FA)  Corequisite: INEG 4563.

    INEG4623 Introduction to Simulation (FA)  Elementary queuing models derivations and applications. Discrete simulation techniques. The SIMNET simulation language. Applications of simulation to the design of industrial and service installations. Simulation project. Prerequisite: INEG 3313 and Computer Elective II.

    INEG4620D Introduction to Simulation Drill (FA)  

    INEG4633 Transportation Logistics (SP)  Descriptive and analytical treatment of the critical design and modeling issues of the key transportation functions within the logistics system. Focus is on the storage and movement aspects of logistics in a firm.

    INEG4723 Ergonomics (FA, SP)  The capabilities and limitations of humans are addressed in the context of the personís interaction with machines and the environment. Topics of discussion include anthropometric considerations in equipment design, human sensory and physiological capabilities in the work environment, selection and training of workers, and the design of controls and displays. Corequisite: INEG 4720L. Prerequisite: INEG 3713 and INEG 4333.

    INEG4720L Ergonomics Laboratory (FA, SP)  Corequisite: INEG 4723.

    INEG4733 Industrial Ergonomics (IR)  Gives background and experience in measurement and evaluation of human performance as it pertains to the working environment. The physical, physiological and psychological capabilities of the tasks they are to perform. Laboratory projects required. Prerequisite: INEG 4723 and INEG 4333.

    INEG5111 Industrial Engineering Graduate Seminar (FA, SP)  Papers presented by candidates for graduate degree in industrial engineering, graduate faculty, and guest lectures on design problems or new developments in the field of industrial engineering.

    INEG5123 Industrial Engineering in the Service Sector (IR)  Review of the development of industrial engineering into the service sector, e.g., health care systems, banking, municipal services, utilities, and postal service. Emphasizes those principles and methodologies applicable to the solutions of problems within the service industries. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

    INEG513V Masterís Research Project and Report (1-6) (FA, SP, SU)  Required course for students electing the report option.

    INEG514V Research and Special Topics (1-6) (FA, SP, SU)  Fundamental and applied research. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

    INEG5223 Safety and Health Standards Research (IR)  For graduate students who seek Certified Professional or Certified Industrial Hygienist status, or both. Includes review and development of computer databases for standards, interpretations, court decisions, and field memoranda. Test equipment and procedures for determining indoor industrial aid containment PEL concentrations and industrial environment noise levels are examined. Prerequisite: INEG 4223 or OMGT 4303.

    INEG5313 Engineering Applications of Probability Theory and Stochastic Proc esses (IR)  Basic probability theory; random variables and stochastic processes; distribution of sums, products, and quotients of random variables, with application to engineering; normal and Poisson processes; engineering applications of Markov chains, ergodic theorem, and applications. Prerequisite: INEG 3313 and MATH 2574.

    INEG5323 Reliability (IR)  Reliability and maintenance techniques including probability modeling, statistical analysis, testing and improvement. Emphasis on engineering applications and computer analysis methods. Prerequisite: INEG 3313 or equivalent.

    INEG5333 Design of Industrial Experiments (SP)  Statistical analysis as applied to problems and experiments in engineering and industrial research; experiment design and analysis; probability; response surface analysis. Prerequisite: INEG 4333 or equivalent.

    INEG5343 Advanced Quality Control Methods (IR)  Acceptance sampling by attributes; single, double, sequential, and multiple sampling plans, sampling plans, sampling plans of Department of Defense; acceptance sampling by variables; Bayesian acceptance sampling; (rectifying inspection for lot-by-lot sampling); control charts; special devices and procedures. Prerequisite: INEG 3313.

    INEG5353 Topical Readings in Quality Control (IR)  Objectives of course: extend the studentís quality background into some of the state-of-the-art process control techniques and related current and classical research topics in the area of quality control; vastly increase the studentís knowledge of the industrial quality function; identify potential M.S., Ph.D, funded, and publishable research topics. Prerequisite: INEG 5343.

    INEG5423 Engineering in Global Competition (IR)  Studies of principles and cases in engineering administration in global competition. Emphasis on high-technology manufacturing such as the electronics industry. Survey of markets, technologies, multinational corporations, cultures, and customs. Discussions of ethics, professionalism, difference valuing, human relations skills, and other topics relevant to global engineering practice.

    INEG5433 Cost Estimation Models  (FA, Even years)  Overview of cost estimation techniques and methodologies applied to manufacturing and service organizations. Accomplished through detailed analysis of the cost estimation development process and various cost estimation models. Topics include data collection and management, learning curves, activity based costing, detailed and parametric estimation models, and handing risk and uncertainty. Prerequisite: INEG 4333.

    INEG5443 Decision Models  (FA, Odd years)  Focus on quantitative and qualitative decision models and techniques for technical and managerial problems. Emphasis on application and interpretation of results. Topics include decision trees, influence diagrams, weighting methods, value of information, Analytical Hierarchy Process, Bayes Theorem, Monte Carlo simulation, utility theory, risk analysis, group decision making and expert systems. Prerequisite: INEG 3413.

    INEG5513 Advanced Materials Handling (IR)  Computerized offline planning and on-line control of materials handling systems. Specific topics include programmable controls, graphic simulations, and information systems. Emphasis on projects. Prerequisite: INEG 4543 or graduate standing.

    INEG5523 Topics in Automated Systems (IR)  Current developments in applications of automation to industrial processes. Robots, expert systems, artificial intelligence, natural language interfaces, computer interfaces, vision systems. Prerequisite: INEG 4523.

    INEG5613 Optimization Theory I (FA)  Basic solutions and bases in linear equations, matrix version of simplex tableau, duality and primal dual relationships, complementary slackness, revised simplex, bounded variables, decomposition algorithm parametric linear programming, special linear program, generalized network models. Nonlinear programs solved by LP algorithm. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

    INEG5623 Analysis of Inventory Systems (IR)  Elements of production and inventory control, economic lot size models, price breaks models using Lagrangian method, deterministic dynamic inventory model, probabilistic one-period and multi-period models, zero and positive lead time models, continuous review models. Prerequisite: INEG 5313.

    INEG5633 Integer Programming and Combinatorial Analysis (IR)  Gomoryís cutting plane algorithms for mixed and pure integer linear problems, Glover-Young primal-feasible algorithms, convergence proofs, branch and bound algorithms, Land-Doig algorithm, Dakinís algorithm, implicit enumeration, Balas zero-one algorithm, binary representation of integer problems, zero-one polynomial programming, the traveling salesman problem, quadratic assignment problem, applications of integer programming. Prerequisite: INEG 5613 and MATH 3404.

    INEG5643 Optimization Theory II (IR)  Classical optimization theory, Lagrangian and Jacobian methods, Kuhn-Tucker theory and constraint qualification, duality in nonlinear problems; separable programming, quadratic programming, geometric programming, stochastic programming, steepest ascent method, convex combinations method, SUMT, Fibonacci search, golden section method. Prerequisite: INEG 5613.

    INEG5653 Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing  (SP, Even years)  Introduction to front end of semiconductor manufacturing process, wafer processing. Topics include an introduction to wafer processing, factory and equipment capacity modeling, automated material handling, simulation, cost modeling, and production scheduling. Prerequisite: INEG 3313.

    INEG5663 Analysis of Queuing Systems (IR)  Poisson axioms, pure birth and death model, queue disciplines (M/M/1) and (M/M/c) models, machine servicing model, Pollazek-Khintchine formula, priority queues, queues in series. Markovian analysis of (Gl/M/K) (M/G/1) models, bulk queues. Reneging, balking, and jockeying phenomena. Transient behavior. Prerequisite: INEG 5313.

    INEG5673 Graphs and Network Theory (IR)  Directed, undirected and bipartite graphs; incidence matrices; shortest route problems; maximal flow and minimal cut theorems, planar graphs; and duality theorem. Applications of networks and graphs to transportation, transshipment, assignment, plant layout, routing, scheduling, and tree problems. Prerequisite: INEG 3613 or INEG 5613.

    INEG5713 Advanced Topics in Human Factors Engineering (IR)  Advanced work in special research topics in man-machine systems. Prerequisite: INEG 4723.

    INEG5723 Advanced Man/Machine System Design (IR)  Continuation of INEG 5713. Prerequisite: INEG 5713.

    INEG5823 Systems Simulation I (SU)  Monte Carlo technique, construction of digital simulation models, timekeeping in simulations, design of simulation experiment, statistical verification of results. Includes the use of simulation language such as ARENA. Prerequisite: CSEG 1913 and INEG 3313 (or equivalent).

    INEG5843 Scheduling and Sequencing I  (SP, Odd years)  An introduction to constructive algorithms and various operations research approaches for solving sequencing and scheduling problems. The NP-completeness of most scheduling problems leads to a discussion of computational complexity, the use of heuristic solution methods, and the development of worst case bounds. Prerequisite: INEG 3613 and computer programming proficiency.

    INEG5843H Honors Scheduling and Sequencing I  (SP, Odd years)  An introduction to constructive algorithms and various operations research approaches for solving sequencing and scheduling problems. The NP-completeness of most scheduling problems leads to a discussion of computational complexity, the use of heuristic solution methods, and the development of worst case bounds. Prerequisite: INEG 3613 and computer programming proficiency.

    INEG600V Masterís Thesis (1-9) (FA, SP, SU)  

    INEG6613 Operations Research Applications (IR)  Investigation of literature case studies; use of mathematical models to solve practical problems; data collection and solution implementation. Students work in teams on actual problems observed in industry and government. Prerequisite: INEG 5613.

    INEG6823 Systems Simulation II (IR)  Advanced topics in computer simulation including experimental design, simulation optimization, variance reduction, and statistical output analysis techniques applied to discrete event simulation. Prerequisite: INEG 5823.

    INEG6843 Scheduling and Sequencing II  (SP, Odd years)  An investigation into constructive algorithms and various operations research approaches for solving sequencing and scheduling problems in a variety of machine environments (single-machine, parallel machines, flow shops, and job shops). Prerequisite: INEG 5843.

    INEG700V Doctoral Dissertation (1-18) (FA, SP, SU)

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