Industrial engineers are concerned with increasing productivity through people, methods, and technology with careful study of the product requirements, design, manufacturing, and information systems. As companies look to reduce costs and raise productivity, they increasingly will turn to industrial engineers to develop efficient processes and reduce costs, delays, and waste. One of the highest growth areas in engineering is projected to be Industrial Engineering (IEEE USA Today, March 2009). The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported, in spite of the declining manufacturing industry in the U.S., industrial engineering employment is expected to grow 20% over the next 8-10 years, almost double the rate of the average for engineering professions and other occupations. This rate is expected to also be high in the state of Michigan. Many industrial engineers become managers. Engineering Management is closely related to Industrial Engineering due to nature of the profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports an expected 9% national growth rate for engineering management from 2010 to 2020. Engineers seeking to move up the career ladder are getting master's degrees in engineering management. Companies could see greater value added engineers with dual program on MSIE and MEM.


The dual program for the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) and Master of Engineering Management (MEM) at Lawrence Tech is designed so that students will obtain advanced knowledge of the industrial engineering and engineering management to be successful in a real-world environment. The dual program requires a total of 51 course credits including all the core courses from both programs.

Admissions Requirements

MSIE students / graduates can apply for dual degree directly. MEM students / graduates must satisfy MSIE admission requirements. Therefore, the dual degree candidates from MEM must apply to and be admitted by MSIE program. Admission to the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) program requires:

  1. Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;
  2. An undergraduate degree in engineering, science, math, computer science, physical science or any other discipline from an accredited college or university (minimum GPA of 3.0); For students with degrees in fields other than engineering, prerequisite coursework is required prior to beginning the graduate level work.
  3. Official transcripts of all completed college work;
  4. Three letters of recommendation;
  5. Official transcripts of all college work completed
  6. A resume, including professional experiences and extracurricular activities;
  7. GRE encouraged but not required;
  8. For students whose native language is other than English, proficiency in English needs to be established.

Applicants who do not meet all of the conditions for regular graduate admission may be considered for conditional admission. A conditional graduate student will be granted regular status after maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA in three consecutive graduate-level courses.

Non-engineering students can be accepted into MSIE Program with the prerequisites.


Your 51-credit-hour program consists of:

MSIE Core Courses 15
EME 6653    Advanced Optimization Techniques  
EME 6663    Applied Stochastic Processes
EME 5603    Engineering Systems Simulation
EME 6403    Quality Control
EME 7613    Technology Management
MEM Core Courses 21
MBA 6043 Global Leadership  
MBA 7063 Project Management
EME 6203 Manufacturing Processes
EME 6343 Automotive Manufacturing Systems
EME 6713 Production Planning & Control
EME 6763 Quality Engineering Systems
EME 6803 Engineering Management
Electives* (select five and/or a focus area)
EME 6303 Computer Integrated Manufacturing
EME 6503 Manufacturing Productivity  
EME 6583 Enterprise Productivity
EME 6603 Engineering Economics
EME 6673 Six Sigma Processes
EME 6703    Manufacturing Systems
EME 6743    Value Engineering
EME 6753 Engineering Supply Chain Management
EME 6823    Product Innovation and Design
EME 6843    Healthcare Systems Engineering
               *Management courses are not allowed for dual MSIE-MEM electives

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.

Course Descriptions

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

For specific questions regarding the dual Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Engineering Management programs, contact:

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


Online options are available for the Dual Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) and Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree through LTU Online.

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).

1.    MBA 6043 Global Leadership

2.    MBA 7063 Project Management

3.    EME 6203 Manufacturing Processes

4.    EME 6343 Automotive Manufacturing Systems

5.    EME 6713 Production Planning & Control

6.    EME 6763 Quality Engineering Systems

7.    EME 6803 Engineering Management