As competition from around the globe increases, so does the demand for improved productivity, output, and service quality from domestic companies. As a result, the need for industrial engineers has never been greater. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, industrial engineering employment is expected to grow 14 percent over the next decade.



Industrial engineers are charged with developing more efficient processes, reducing costs, and increasing productivity within the manufacturing industry – essential functions that employers depend on to remain successful. In order to improve efficiency, industrial engineers use their knowledge of mathematics to study product requirements and then design the manufacturing and information systems needed to meet those requirements. They also design production planning and control systems, improve systems for the distribution of goods and services, develop wage and salary administration systems and job evaluation programs, and create management control systems to help with cost analysis and financial planning. Due to the nature of their work, many industrial engineers have management positions.

Why Industrial Engineering at Lawrence Tech?

ms-industrial-engineering.jpgContinuing your studies at the graduate level can be crucial to a successful – and stable – career. Lawrence Tech’s Master of Science in Industrial Engineering can prepare you to compete in today’s everchanging workforce by not only helping you stay abreast on current trends and technologies within the field, but also by developing your leadership skills. The MS in Industrial Engineering focuses on providing advanced knowledge in operations optimization, process control, reliability, design of experiments, and more. This rigorous program, consisting of 30 credit hours, allows you to choose either a course-work only option or a thesis option. Both feature the flexibility demanded by busy professionals, with most courses available in the evenings and some offered online.

Health Care Systems – A Growing Trend

ms-industrial-engineering2-.jpgJust as industrial engineering itself is growing, so are certain disciplines within the field, most notably in health care. According to a recent report from the Partnership for Michigan’s Health, health care is Michigan’s largest private-sector employer, providing 515,700 direct jobs and more than 278,000 related jobs. In response to this growing trend, Lawrence Tech’s MS in Industrial Engineering features a unique concentration in health care systems. In fact, Lawrence Tech is currently the only school in southeast Michigan offering this concentration, which focuses on designing and improving the safety, cost, efficiency, and quality of health care processes and systems. As an industrial engineer specializing in health care systems, you may be involved in improving scheduling and sequencing, operational control, and overall quality management. Regardless of the path you choose, you will benefit from Lawrence Tech’s state-of-the-art learning facilities, small class sizes, and faculty who are passionate about your future. In addition, you will be exposed to real-world, hands-on experiences, reflecting the University’s commitment to theory and practice.


Your 30-credit-hour program consists of:

Core Courses 18
EME 6653   Advanced Optimization Techniques  
EME 6663    Applied Stochastic Processes
EME 5603   Engineering Systems Simulation
EME 6403   Quality Control
EME 6713   Production, Planning, and Control
EME 7613   Technology Management
Electives (select four or a focus area)
EME 6303    Computer Integrated Manufacturing  
EME 6583    Enterprise Productivity
EME 6673    Six Sigma Processes
EME 6763    Quality Engineering Systems
EME 6703    Manufacturing Systems
EME 6343    Automotive Manufacturing
EME 6743    Value Engineering
EME 6753    Engineering Supply Chain Management
EME 6823    Product Innovation and Design
EME 6843    Healthcare Systems Engineering
EME 7103    Design of Experiments
EME 7203    Manufacturing Systems Simulation
EME 7303    Design for Reliability
EME 7403    Design of Manufacturing

Healthcare Systems Focus

Partnership for Michigan's Health claims that one in every ten jobs in the state is now directly related to healthcare. The U.S. Government is emphasizing electronic medical record systems in healthcare. Intel and GE are collaborating in the healthcare field for the development of healthcare IT and home health monitoring. Based on the recent trends, a significant growth in healthcare related technologies and systems is apparent. Healthcare Systems deal with designing and improving the safety, cost, quality and efficiency of healthcare processes and systems and transforming healthcare delivery systems from an ineffective, reactive, disease focused system to achieve a cost effective, proactive, health and wellness focused system. Industrial engineers play a significant role in healthcare systems. Over the years, they have helped healthcare facilities improve total quality management, scheduling and sequencing, and operational control, such as medical records and patient turnaround time in emergency rooms. With the ultimate goal being continuous process improvement, the research methodology looks at current workflow, identifies bottlenecks, and finally proposes solutions and recommendations, using a number of tools, such as modeling and simulation, problem solving, statistical analysis, operations research, and data mining. The Healthcare Systems concentration provides the student with sufficient knowledge and skills for modeling, analyzing, and designing healthcare systems. Students will have an option to graduate with a Healthcare Systems concentration by taking electives related on healthcare systems instead of general electives.

Healthcare Focus (select four) 12
EME 6843    Healthcare Systems Engineering  
EME 6853    Healthcare Operations Analysis
EME 6863    Healthcare Information Systems
EME 6873    Healthcare Human Factors
EME 6883    Healthcare Economics
EME 6893    Logistics in Healthcare Systems

Quality Focus

Recent experience in the world has shown that quality becomes an important factor in manufacturing and service industries for their business success and growth. Effective quality improvement programs provide a significant competitive advantage. This Quality concentration provides the student with sufficient knowledge and skills for improving quality and productivity in manufacturing and service organizations using modern quality concepts, tools, and techniques to develop, implement and maintain systems.

Quality Focus (select four) 12
EME 6403    Quality Control  
EME 6673    Six Sigma Processes
EME 6763    Quality Engineering Systems
EME 7103    Design of Experiments
EME 7303    Design for Reliability

Supply Chain Focus

Due to globalization, companies are looking to supply chain and logistics for their strategic and competitive advantages. Supply chain focus provides a foundation in supply chain and logistics systems with national and global perspective. It provides proficiency in problem solving, analytical methods and decision making in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, logistics, distribution, healthcare, defense, service, and software.

Supply Chain Focus (select four) 12
EME 6713    Production, Planning and Control  
EME 6753    Engineering Supply Chain Management
MIS 6113    Database and Enterprise Models
MIS 7643    Enterprise Integration
   Special Topic on Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
   Special Topic on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and MRP II
   Special Topic on Logistics
   Special Topic on Warehousing

You may apply up to six credits from Lawrence Tech’s undergraduate or graduate mechanical engineering program toward your minor or certificate.

MSIE-Engineering Management Dual Degree available

Course Descriptions

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Admission Requirements

Admission to Lawrence Tech’s Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program is competitive and requires:

  1. Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;
  2. An undergraduate degree in engineering, science, math, computer science, or physical science (or other technical field) from an accredited college or university (minimum GPA of 3.0). Individuals with a degree in a non-engineering field may be required to take prerequisite course work;
  3. Official transcripts of all completed college work;
  4. Three letters of recommendation;
  5. A resume, including professional experiences and extracurricular activities.

Applicants who do not meet all requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis and will be granted regular status upon the completion of three consecutive graduate-level courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Get Started

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or

For specific questions regarding the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program, contact the Program Director:

Ahad Ali, Ph.D.
Engineering Building E37
Phone: (248) 204-2531
Email: BIO

Online Only

You can also receive the same rigorous education we provide in our campus program fully online. Receive your Master of Science in Industrial Engineering online flexibly while working full-time from the same prestigious, industry expert faculty who teach on our ground campus.

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Professional Activities

Siemens NX Workshop and Demo, April 15, 2014.

Lean and Six Sigma Workshop, March 26, 2014 (Link).

Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Goup Activities (Link)

Dr. Ali is serving as Conference Chair of International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Dubai, United Arab Emirates,  March 3 - 5, 2015. The venue is at Hyatt Regency Dubai:

IEOM 2014 Bali event pictures:

Tolerace Stack up workshop, Septemebr 25, 2013 (Link).


FMEA Workshop, June 5, 2013 (Link).

Symposium on Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems, June 5, 2013 at LTU (LINK).

Workshop of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, March 27, 2013 (Link).

Co-Guest Editor, Special Issue on Lean Enterprise Transformation, Journal of Enterprise Transformation

Majid Abab, Ahad Ali and Doug Long Majid Abab and Ahad Ali

Majid Abab (Conference Industry Chair from Boeing), Ahad Ali (Conference Academic Chair) and Doug Long (Director of Strategic Alliances, IIE) before the start of the day's first keynote speaker at the IIE Engineering Lean Six Sigma Conference on Sept. 14, 2011 in Atlanta.


Chair: IIE Lean Student Technical Paper Competition, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Award Winners    first place winning team, their faculty advisor, competition sponsor and competition chair
Pictured above are the award winners and representatives: Dr. Ahad Ali (Chair of the IIE Lean Student Paper Competition 2011), Rohan Sakhardanede, Dr. JT. Black (Sponsor), Dr. Bernardo Villarreal Celestino (faculty advisor of the first place winner), Carolina Guerra, Fabiola Garza, Nancy Lopez, Daniela B. Jasso Zuniga, Fernando de Jesus Martinez, Marco A. Gonzalez, Maria Patricia Martinez and their advisor Rosa.  Pictured above are the first place winning team, their faculty advisor, competition sponsor and competition chair at the IIE Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada, May 21-25, 2011 : Fabiola Garza, Dr. Ahad Ali (Chair of the IIE Lean Student Paper Competition 2011), Dr. JT. Black (Sponsor of the Competition), Carolina Guerra, Nancy Lopez, and Dr. Bernardo Villarreal Celestino (Faculty Advisor).