As competition from around the globe increases, so does the demand for improved productivity, output, and service quality from domestic companies.

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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.

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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.

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Continuing 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 ever-changing 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

industrial engineering programJust 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:

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
Core Courses
EME 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
  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
  EMS 6343    Automotive Manufacturing
  EMS 7103    Design of Experiments 3
  EMS 7203    Manufacturing Systems Simulation 3
  EME 7303    Design for Reliability 3
  EMS 7403    Design of Manufacturing 3
  EMS 7613    Technology Management 3


Three focus areas are available:

Healthcare Systems Focus

The Healthcare Systems focus 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 focus by taking electives related on healthcare systems instead of general electives.

Healthcare Focus – Any four courses related on healthcare systems 12
  EIE 6843    Healthcare Systems Engineering  
  EIE 6853    Healthcare Operations Analysis  
  EIE 6863    Healthcare Information Systems  
  EIE 6883    Healthcare Human Factors  
  EIE 6893    Healthcare Economics  
  EIE 6873    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 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 Focus - Any four courses related on quality 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.

Supply Chain Focus - Any four courses related on supply chain 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

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.

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 

You can also receive the same rigorous education we provide in our campus program fully online. 

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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.

LTU received 40 million GO PLM Grant from Siemens.

LTU is hosting ASQ Greater Detroit Fall 2014 kick Off Meeting.

Applied Engineering Statistics Workshop, October 15, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

IEOM Student Chapter at LTU is established.

LinkedIn Page for LTU's MSIE Program

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

 Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group

Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group 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:

Tolerance Stack up workshop, September 25, 2013 (Link).

FMEA Workshop

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).

Workshop of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

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

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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    IIE Lean Student Technical Paper Competition
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).