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Kim Needy
Department Head
4207 Bell Engineering Center

  • Distinguished Professors Rardin, White
  • Professors Cassady, Johnson, Meller, Needy, Rossetti
  • Associate Professors Buyurgan, Chimka, Fant, Nachtmann, Nam, Pohl
  • Adjunct Professor Mason
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Gattis
  • Assistant Professors Bennett, Rainwater, Root

Degrees Conferred:
M.S.O.M. in Operations Management (OPMG) (See Operations Management)
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, master's theses, and master's research projects. The department encourages the completion of master's theses, particularly for those students holding assistantship appointments.

Research areas of concentration at both the master's 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.

Application to the Graduate Program: Follow the procedures outlined by the Graduate School. To receive full consideration for assistantships and other financial aid, applications must be received before February 1st.

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 a degree other than an ABET-accredited industrial engineering degree, 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 INEG 600V Master's Thesis.
  2. Candidates who present a project are required to complete a minimum of 27 graduate credit hours plus three hours of INEG 513V Master's 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 master's oral examination that is conducted by the candidate's committee.
  5. Courses Taken for Graduate Credit: A limited number of 4000-level courses may be taken for graduate credit as specified by the department's Handbook for Advanced Degrees.
  6. Attendance at INEG graduate seminar is required of all graduate students in Industrial Engineering.


(INEG) Industrial Engineering

INEG3623 Simulation (Fa) The development and use of discrete-event simulation models for the analysis and design of systems found in manufacturing, distribution, and service contexts. Coverage includes conceptual modeling, model translation to computer form, statistical input models, random number generation and Monte Carlo methods, experimentation and statistical output analysis, and queuing analysis. Includes the use of modern computer simulation languages. Corequisite: Drill component. Pre or Corequisite: INEG 2333.

INEG4223 Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Irregular) 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: INEG 3313.

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

INEG4343 Cognitive Ergonomics (Irregular) Studies of human cognition in work settings in order to enhance performance of cognitive tasks through an understanding of cognitive processes (e.g., attention, perception errors, decision making, workload) required of operators in modern industries. Emphasis lies on how to (re)design human-machine interfaces and cognitive artifacts so that human well-being and system performance are optimized in work environments. Prerequisite: CSCE 2004

INEG4423 Advanced Engineering Economy (Irregular) 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 Systems Engineering and Management (Fa) Overview of the fundamental concepts underlying the management of engineering. Reviews the engineering decision process within the life cycle. Examines implementation of basic management functions in technical organizations and development of strategy tools within a complex organization. Prerequisite: INEG 2403

INEG4443 Project Management (Irregular) Analysis of the strategic level of project management including planning, organizing, and staffing for successful project execution. Professional creativity, motivation, leadership, and ethics are also explored. At the tactical level, project selection, control, and systems management are analyzed. Systems development and decision support tools for project management are studied. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

INEG4453 Productivity Improvement (Irregular) 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.

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: Lab component. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

INEG4553 Production Planning and Control (Sp) Strategy and competition, forecasting, aggregate planning, inventory control subject to known demand, inventory control subject to uncertain demand, supply chain management, push and pull production control systems, and operations scheduling. Pre or Corequisite: INEG 3613. Prerequisite: INEG 2313.

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; and human interface. Laboratory required. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

INEG4583 Renewable Energy: Green Power Sources (Sp) Current developments in renewable energy from a green power source where electricity, heating and fuel supply can be obtained other than typical energy sources. Technical and economical feasibilities and economic analyses of renewable energy considered for use in residential, small businesses, and industrial complexes. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

INEG4723 Ergonomics (Sp, Fa) The capabilities and limitations of humans are addressed in the context of the person's 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: Lab component. Prerequisite: INEG 2333 and INEG 3713.

INEG4733 Industrial Ergonomics (Irregular) 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 3333.

INEG5123 Industrial Engineering in the Service Sector (Irregular) 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 Master's Research Project and Report (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-6) Required course for students electing the report option.

INEG514V Special Topics in Industrial Engineering (Irregular) (1-3) Consideration of current industrial engineering topics not covered in other courses. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

INEG515V Individual Study in Industrial Engineering (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-3) Opportunity for individual study of advanced subjects related to a graduate industrial engineering program to suit individual requirements. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

INEG5243 Automated Manufacturing (Irregular) 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.

INEG5313 Engineering Applications of Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes (Fa) 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 (Irregular) 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 (Irregular) Statistical analysis as applied to problems and experiments in engineering and industrial research; experiment design and analysis; probability; and response surface analysis. Prerequisite: INEG 3333 or equivalent.

INEG5343 Advanced Quality Control Methods (Irregular) 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.

INEG5363 Generalized Linear Models (Irregular) Introduce the generalized linear model (GLM), inference, likelihood and diagnostics. Apply log linear and logistic models. Develop techniques for growth curves, and longitudinal and survival data. Cover spatial and normal linear models, and dynamic GLM for dependent data.

INEG5373 Repairable Systems Modeling (Irregular) Applications of probability, statistics, simulation and optimization to problems related to 1) modeling the performance of repairable equipment; 2) designing optimal inspection and maintenance policies for repairable equipment; and 3) optimizing the allocation of maintenance resources.

INEG5383 Risk Analysis for Transportation and Logistics Systems (Irregular) Fundamentals of modeling risk, analyzing risk, and managing risk in a variety of industrial and government decision-making settings. Risk measurement and model building, uncertainty quantification, and multi-objective trade-offs. Credit cannot be earned for both INEG 4383 and INEG 5383.

INEG5393 Applied Regression Analysis for Engineers (Irregular) Present concepts and applications to introduce statistical tools for discovering relationships among variables. Focus on fitting and checking linear and nonlinear regression models. Practical tools for engineers.

INEG5433 Cost Estimation Models (Irregular) 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 3333. (Same as OMGT 5433)

INEG5443 Decision Models (Irregular) 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, Analytic Hierarchy Process, Bayes Theorem, Monte Carlo simulation, utility theory, risk analysis, group decision making and expert systems. Prerequisite: INEG 3313.

INEG5523 Topics in Automated Systems (Irregular) To understand current developments in applications of flexible automation to industrial processes. Robotics, machine vision and other sensors, human machine interface, AML/2 and V+ programming languages.

INEG5533 Transportation Logistics (Irregular) Topics in transportations logistics of interest to engineers: routing and location analysis, fleet sizing, logistics facilities design, applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies to transportation systems modeling and analysis. Prerequisite: INEG 5613.

INEG5543 Distribution Center Design & Operations (Irregular) To introduce the student to the field of facility logistics, as applied to distribution centers (DCs). The fundamental areas of facility design and operations (material handling systems) will be covered. Prerequisite: INEG 5613

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, interior point algorithms and improving search strategies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

INEG5623 Analysis of Inventory Systems (Irregular) 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, and continuous review models. Prerequisite: INEG 5313.

INEG5643 Optimization Theory II (Irregular) 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, and golden section method. Prerequisite: INEG 5613.

INEG5653 Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing (Irregular) 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 (Irregular) 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, and queues in series. Markovian analysis of (Gl/M/K) (M/G/1) models, and bulk queues. Reneging, balking, and jockeying phenomena. Transient behavior. Prerequisite: INEG 5313.

INEG5683 Nonlinear Programming (Irregular) An introduction to the theory and methodology of nonlinear programming. Focus on engineering and management science applications of nonlinear optimization. Both single and multi-variable as well as unconstrained and constrained problems are addressed.

INEG5693 Heuristic Optimization (Irregular) Theory and applications of methodological approaches explicitly addressed to heuristic or approximate optimization of integer and combinatorial models. Prerequisite: INEG 5613.

INEG5823 Systems Simulation I (Irregular) Monte Carlo technique, construction of digital simulation models, timekeeping in simulations, design of simulation experiment, and statistical verification of results. Includes the use of simulation language such as ARENA. Prerequisite: CSCE 2013 and INEG 3313 (or equivalent).

INEG5843 Scheduling and Sequencing I (Irregular) 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 Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-9)

INEG6613 Operations Research Applications (Irregular) 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 4623, INEG 5313 and INEG 5613.

INEG6823 Systems Simulation II (Irregular) Advanced topics in computer simulation including experimental design, simulation optimization, variance reduction, and statistical output analysis techniques applied to discrete event simulation. Prerequisite: INEG 4623.

INEG6843 Scheduling and Sequencing II (Irregular) 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 (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-18)