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The Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering is one of 9 academic departments within the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. The department is currently home to more than 150 students and 11 faculty.


An Interdisciplinary Approach

Being on such a large campus and within a community as progressive as Columbia, Mo., allows Mizzou IMSE researchers to conduct valuable collaborative research with, say, Boone Hospital, MU Energy Management or Columbia Water & Light, for example.

This interdisciplinary approach to research is reflected in engineering classrooms, and through undergraduate research and student teams and organizations, students learn the importance of communicating across disciplines, a valuable skill they can take with them as they begin careers.

Interdisciplinary Projects in the News

What is Industrial Engineering?

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering is a blending of natural sciences, engineering science, mathematics, business administration, computers and management. This fusion of diverse skills allows industrial engineers to design and implement complex combinations of people and technology to solve problems. With its diversity, industrial engineering is used in a wide variety of areas in both manufacturing and service areas.

Industrial engineers in a manufacturing organization address many issues including

  • designing workplaces accounting for the capabilities of machines as well as the physiological and psychological capabilities of humans
  • designing computer-integrated manufacturing systems with robots and computer systems to control production
  • managing inventory and quality of complex products
  • determining plant and warehouse locations
  • developing sales forecasts
  • evaluating proposals to produce new products
  •  building new or improved production facilities

The same skills used by an industrial engineer to design manufacturing systems are also useful in designing better systems to care for patients in hospitals, to facilitate the judicial process, to provide faster and more accurate mail distribution, to improve airline routing and reservation methods, to control large construction projects, and to reduce air and water pollution.