ISE 195 Introduction to Industrial Engineering. Lecture 1: Introduction to Industrial Engineering. History. Early history really did not distinguish between science and engineering. Advancements involved application of knowledge
Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment, and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skill in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.
“My wife and I are both IEs. We use a two-bin inventory system for many commonly used cooking and baking items. When the main bin is out, we put the item on our shopping list and use the safety stock from the second bin (which, in the case of baking supplies, we keep in our refrigerator). A while ago we reduced the number of items we carried safety stock for and put a note on our refrigerator to remind us (‘No safety stock in fridge for wheat flour’). A friend (also an IE) saw the note on our refrigerator and said, ‘You sure know you are in the home of two IEs when you see a sign like that.’”
Russell D. Meller, Associate Professor,
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
“An industrial engineer maximizes the utilization of scarce resources — namely, time and money.”
- Bill Tolo, Minneapolis
Roger Goodwin helps improve the quality of life for people needing tissue transplants.