Engineer better businesses

Engineer systems and solutions to empower business for efficiency and safety

Industrial and systems engineers use engineering and business principles to formulate rigorous approaches to the management of complex systems. They are productivity catalysts, managing innovation and the combination of physical, capital, and human resources needed to produce and deliver valuable goods and services.

Curriculum and Emphases

Industrial and systems engineers are consummate economic competitors who focus on developing and controlling manufacturing, production, inventory, distribution, service, and management information systems to ensure their companies’ success in the global marketplace.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

On the job, these engineering professionals optimize the use of scarce resources by integrating people and technology to maximize productivity, minimize cost, improve processes, and maintain high standards of quality.

The Epstein Department’s Information Systems Engineering option gives extra emphasis to enterprise resource planning, software, and data mining techniques.  USC’s undergraduate ISE curricula prepare students for careers in a wide-range of industries, consulting, or professional engineering practice, and are also an excellent intellectual foundation for advanced degrees in fields as diverse as Engineering, Logistics, Business Administration, Finance, Medicine, Law, or Public Policy.

Course Plan

Career Options

When you graduate with a degree in industrial and systems engineering, here are just a few of the future career paths that might lay before you.

  • Implement enterprise resource planning systems
  • Consult on business practices
  • Design efficient manufacturing and service systems
  • Optimize assembly and distribution systems
  • Develop Ergonomically correct systems and interfaces
  • Improve hospital operations and schedules
  • Develop quality control and assurance systems
  • Make systems safe by reducing errors and accidents
  • Manage business operations

Make Disneyland More Efficient

Last spring, the Institute of Industrial Engineers participated in a competition at Downtown Disney to help make Disneyland more efficient.  They spent the day collecting data and presented their findings to Disneyland officials. USC IIE focuses on students professional and social development in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Research Highlights

Industrial and Systems Engineering focuses on creating more efficient processes that will improve overall business and engineering processes.  Researchers within the ISE department at USC focus on a variety of different topics.  These include: agile, flexible manufacturing and production systems, economic impacts of terrorism, green logistics and industrial ecology, health systems improvement, human-computer interaction, management of technology, optimization and logistics, port operations and supply chain management, renewable energy systems, transportation and logistics, collaborative engineering design, rapid prototyping, and automated construction.

Companies Hiring Industrial and Systems Engineers

  • Accenture
  • Aera Energy
  • The Aerospace Corporation
  • Boeing
  • Capgemeni
  • Cisco Systems
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • And Many More!
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Fair Isaac Corporation
  • GE Power Systems
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • KPMG
  • Target

Industrial and Systems Engineering Faculty Spotlight

Meet Dr. Bottlik, a professor in the Industrial and Systems engineering department.  Dr. Bottlik loves teaching undergraduate courses, including engineering economy, statistics, and more! Dr. Bottlik is interested in supply chain management as well.  Dr. Bottlik also has run 99 marathons!

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