Chair's Message

headshot photo of Pratik Parikh

Welcome to Industrial Engineering! We take pride in the fact that we are the only IE department in the Commonwealth of KY. IEs are engineers and problem solvers who have a passion to design and optimize systems and processes that impact our lives. Besides mathematics and science, they have outstanding business and social skills that also help them evaluate the impact of their engineering solutions on the business and people. Their ability to use IE techniques such as operations research, data analytics, engineering statistics, quality control, simulation, ergonomics, and additive manufacturing make them sought-after by companies focusing on logistics and supply chain management, advanced manufacturing, healthcare systems, and energy systems.You may choose from any of the following degrees that our department offers:

  • Bachelor of Science (BSIE) – an ABET-accredited 4-year program
  • Master of Engineering (MEngIE) – an ABET-accredited integrated 5-year program, the only one of its kind in the country
  • Master of Engineering in Engineering Management (MEEM) – a 100% online degree with 8-week classes that enables working engineers to learn both engineering and management skills while they maintain their current job
  • Master of Science (MSIE) – a course-based or research-focused degree to learn advanced methodologies in a specific IE domain; offers a career-boosting opportunity for those with a non-IE BS degree
  • Doctoral (PhD-IE) – a research-focused, terminal degree allowing students to further science in a specific domain by developing new methodologies to solve unsolved or new problems of societal relevance

The UG curriculum also includes three mandatory semesters of paid co-operative internships. Students on co-op work full-time in a real engineering job for three alternating semesters, and usually earn enough over the course of their three co-ops to cover most of the cost of their college education. Since many of our graduates earn both the BSIE and MEngIE degrees and gain a solid year of industrial experience, companies around the country eagerly hire our exceptional graduates.

Our graduate programs offer students the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and/or research experience in specific areas of IE, may it be Operations Research, Data Analytics, Engineering Management, Human Factors, or Additive Manufacturing.  Many students work alongside a faculty mentor on specific research topics leading to inventions, publications, and translational solutions with immediate impact. Such experiences have allowed our MEEM, MSIE, and PhD graduates to be offered prestigious positions as engineers, researchers, and faculty at outstanding institutions around the world.

Graduate students may also add to their curriculum one of the certifications, with minimal to no added course work:

  • Six Sigma Black Belt (in collaboration with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers)
  • Logistics (starting Fall 2021 in collaboration with the College of Business)

The IISE student chapter is a thriving place for both UG and Graduate students to meet fellow IEs in the department and IE professionals in the region, add technical skills through additional certifications offered by the chapter, develop leadership skills, and build their resume to get a job in a company of their liking.

If you are interested in becoming an Industrial Engineer, then there is no better place than the Department of Industrial Engineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Pratik J. Parikh, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair