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Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineers are charged with developing more efficient operations, processes, systems, reducing costs, and increasing productivity within the manufacturing and service industry – essential functions that employers depend on to remain successful. In order to improve efficiency,

Industrial engineers use their knowledge of lean six sigma 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, and create management control systems to help with cost analysis and financial planning. Due to the nature of their work, many industrial engineers have engineering management positions.

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(1) Graduate students Paul A. Bowers and UzairUl Hasan Syed worked on quality control project entitled “Tool Cost Optimization through Statistical Analysis”.

Abstract - Manufacturing vehicles is a complex endeavor. There are numerous functions and systems that act in parallel to meet timing and cost targets. Some are very evident by nature, while numerous others function behind the scenes. A critical objective of the Advanced Vehicle Development (AVD) group, is to provide Program Teams and Design Engineering with tooling forecasts for future models that are aligned with program objectives, are accurate and timely, and within budget requirements. Understanding tooling costs of a program prior to development, is a key element in determining value and return on investment. This paper identifies critical elements within the tool estimating process and statistical analysis to manage and optimize performance.

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

(2) Graduate students Piratheep Yogeswaran and Joseph Yudasz worked on a six sigma project entitled “Reducing Household Carbon FootprintUtilizing the DMAIC Approach”.

Abstract—This study set out to display how everyday homeowners with continuous improvement, leveraged DMAIC Six Sigmatools and techniques to ultimately reduce their carbon footprint while saving on energy costs. It examines key factors that contribute to the total carbon footprint of a household while demonstrating how homeowners can reduce their overall footprint by changing habits and techniques. The goals of this specific study were achieved by utilizingDMAIC tools and techniques found in the “Six Sigma Framework” section of this report. The study and analysis of the collected data ultimately resulted in several different findings and recommendations for homeowners. The study shows that Travel, Home Services, Goods and Food consumed where the top contributors to the overall household carbon footprint. The project team recommends that homeowners use the implementation plan to make habit adjustments in the home and travel categories. Homeowners can expect to see a 5% reduction in their carbon footprint while also benefiting from an annual reduction in energy costs of approximately $700. The study also shows how theSix Sigma DMAIC process is an effective approach for homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint while saving greatly on the ever-rising cost of energy.

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

(3) Graduate student Samantha Kent worked on project on “Forecasting in the US Auto Industry to Determine Future Product Lines; the Disappearing Act of the Small Car”.

Abstract - The purpose of this project is to utilize the Production Planning & Control tool of forecasting in a real world scenario to understand how businesses plan their production schedules and product lines. The author chose to work on evaluating how US Automakers made the decision to reduce or eliminate small car production. Different mathematical methods used for forecasting are evaluated and a consumer survey was conducted to understand how the decision was justified and if it makes business sense. The plan for elimination of small cars is confirmed and determined justified.

(4) Student comments “I sincerely enjoyed your class and found your method to correlate theory to practical applications effective. Many times we learn theories, formulas and principles without understanding how we can apply them to real-world experiences. I believe your efforts and methods better prepared your students to achieve gainful employment and position themselves for future growth.” - Paul Bowers, MSIE Student

The MSIE program offers students two degree options:

Option I: Coursework Only
This option requires 18 credit hours of core courses plus 12 credit hours of technical electives for a total of 30 credit hours

Option II: Coursework and Thesis
The thesis option requires 24 credit hours of a combination of any of the core and technical electives courses plus a six-credit-hour thesis for a total of 30 credit hours.

Your 30-credit-hour program consists of:

Coursework and Thesis Option

Core Courses (6 courses) 18
Electives (2 courses) 6
Thesis 6
Total Credit Hours 30

Coursework Only Option

Core Courses (6 courses) 18
Electives (4 courses) 12
Total Credit Hours 30


Three focus areas are available:

Quality / Lean Six Sigma 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 focus 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 / Lean Six Sigma Focus– Any four courses related on healthcare systems 12
EMS 6403 Quality Control
EIE 6673 Six Sigma Processes
EEM 6763 Quality Engineering Systems
EMS 7103 Design of Experiments
EMS 7303 Design for Reliability

Supply Chain Focus

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

Quality / Lean Six Sigma Focus– Any four courses related on healthcare systems 12
EMS 6713 Production, Planning and Control
EEM 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

Educational Objectives

During the course of study, students are expected to:

  • (a)apply and develop advanced knowledgeinidsutrail engineering;
  • (b)analyze and interpret information and implement decisions using the latest techniques and technologies;
  • (c)evaluate scholarly literature and, in accordance with their course of study, contribute to the literature;
  • (d)communicate effectively using written, oral, graphical, and digital formats.

Core Courses

EMS 5603 Engineering Systems Simulation 3
EMS 6403 Quality Control 3
EIE 6653 Advanced Optimization Techniques 3
EIE 6663 Applied Stochastic Processes 3
EMS 6713 Production, Planning, and Control 3
EIE 6673 Six Sigma Processes 3

Electives (select four or a focus area)

EME 5513 Lean Manufacturing Systems 3
EME 5623 Product Development and Sustainability 3
EEM 6743 Value Engineering 3
EEM 6753 Engineering Supply Chain Management 3
EEM 6583 Enterprise Productivity 3
EMS 6703 Manufacturing Systems 3
EMS 6343 Automotive Manufacturing 3
EMS 7103 Design of Experiments 3
EMS 7203 Manufacturing Systems Simulation 3
EME 7303 Design for Reliability 3
EMS 7403 Design of Manufacturing 3
Total 30

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

  • a) Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;
  • b) 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;
  • c) Official transcripts of all completed college work;
  • d) One letter of recommendation;
  • e) 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.



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