Industrial & Systems Engineering

Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) applies basic engineering skills from mathematics and the physical sciences, specialized analysis techniques, and an understanding of how people interact with machines and each other to design and evaluate the performance of systems in industry and in the service sector. Examples of the types of systems that may be analyzed by ISyEs include health care delivery systems, product distribution systems, and manufacturing systems. The factor that most distinguishes ISyE from other engineering disciplines is the attention devoted to human involvement in the systems being analyzed.

Educational Objectives

The ISyE program seeks to develop graduates who:

  • Have established careers in Industrial & Systems Engineering in industry, service, consulting, or government organizations
  • Design, develop, implement and improve integrated industrial and service systems to achieve organizational goals
  • Collaborate with others as members or leaders of engineering or multidisciplinary teams
  • Continue to develop skills in engineering, business, management, or other Industrial & Systems Engineering related fields.

To achieve these objectives, the ISyE program has been designed to ensure that graduates have achieved the following outcomes:

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

d. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. an ability to communicate effectively

h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j. a knowledge of contemporary issues [in the profession]

k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Coursework in the ISyE program emphasizes the process of developing analytical models for systems and using computer-based techniques to explore ways in which the systems can be made to function more efficiently. The upper-division ISyE courses emphasize the general principles of designing and evaluating systems and the application of these principles to many different types of systems.

The ISyE major student is expected to be involved in professional aspects of the field. Since the engineering profession places a high value on professional society involvement, students enrolled in the Industrial & Systems Engineering major are expected to be active student members of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).

Industrial & Systems Engineering Advisory Board

The Industrial & Systems Engineering Advisory Board (ISyEAB) was organized in Summer 2001 to represent the interests of the Industrial & Systems Engineering industry and alumni to the industrial and systems engineering program. The board, composed of representatives from companies such as Northrop Grumman, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sharp Healthcare, Scripps Health, BAE Systems, SPAWAR Systems Center, and the Kiran Group, serves to expand the level and role of industry affiliates in the continued development of the program and in the promotion of cooperative programs and relations with industry and the San Diego community.

Requirements for the ISyE Major (147 units)

The mathematics, science, and engineering courses listed below also satisfy the core curriculum requirements in mathematics competency, natural sciences, and the upper division writing course.

Mathematics and Basic Science requirements (32-33 units):

MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
Math Elective 13-4
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
Physics:
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
and Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab
4
Chemistry:
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
Life Science Elective3
1

MATH 250, MATH 320 or other mathematics class approved by ISyE chair.

Engineering Core Requirements (21-22 units):

These courses include units in engineering science and other subject requirements in support of engineering practice:

ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
ENGR 102Introduction to Electromechanical System Design3
ENGR 103User-Centered Design3
ENGR 121Engineering Programming3
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
MENG 210Statics3
Engineering Elective 13-4
1

ELEC 201, MENG 260 or other engineering course approved by ISyE chair. 

Engineering Professional Practice Requirements (6 units)

In support of the professional practice of engineering, there are requirements for knowledge of oral communication, and engineering ethics. These requirements can be chosen in such a way as to also fulfill university core requirements:

COMM 203Public Speaking 13
PHIL 342Engineering Ethics3
1

ROTC students may substitute NAVS 201, MILS 301, or SDSU AS 300A for COMM 203 in the engineering program. These classes will not satisfy university core requirements 

Industrial & Systems Engineering Requirements (53 units)

These courses include units in ISyE science and design. These classes are required by the major:

ISYE 220Engineering Economics3
ISYE 310Work Analysis and Design4
ISYE 320Introduction to Systems Engineering3
ISYE 335Statistical Process Control4
ISYE 340Operations Research I3
ISYE 350
350L
Manufacturing Processes
and Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
4
ISYE 391WIndustrial and Systems Engineering Professional Practice3
ISYE 420Simulation of Production and Service Systems4
ISYE 430Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments3
ISYE 440Operations Research II3
ISYE 460Operations and Supply Chain Management3
ISYE 470Facilities Planning3
ISYE 492Industrial and Systems Engineering Design Project3

Students also select 12 units of ISyE program electives, but nine units of these electives must be engineering courses. The current approved engineering electives include ISYE 410, ISYE 450, and most ISYE 494 special topics courses. Consult with the ISyE chair for other approved electives.

Core Curriculum Requirements (33 or more additional units):

All ISyE majors must satisfy the core curriculum specified by the university.

Note: Most engineering, and many mathematics and science courses, required by the engineering program are offered only in the fall or spring semester, but not both. Consult individual course sections for semester offering pattern, or see an engineering advisor.

Recommended Program of Study: Industrial & Systems Engineering

First Year
Semester IHours
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
Or 
ENGR 121Engineering Programming3
CC Electives6
Semester II
ENGR 103
or 102
User-Centered Design
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
3
ENGR 121Engineering Programming3
Or 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
CC Elective3
Sophomore Year
Semester I
ENGR 103
or 102
User-Centered Design
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
3
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
CC Electives6
Semester II
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
MENG 210Statics3
Math Elective3-4
Engineering Elective3-4
CC Elective3
Junior Year
Semester I
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
ISYE 220Engineering Economics3
ISYE 310Work Analysis and Design4
ISYE 340Operations Research I3
ISYE 391WIndustrial and Systems Engineering Professional Practice3
Semester II
ISYE 320Introduction to Systems Engineering3
ISYE 335Statistical Process Control4
ISYE 350
350L
Manufacturing Processes4
ISYE 440Operations Research II3
ISyE Program Elective I3
Senior Year
Semester I
ISYE 420Simulation of Production and Service Systems4
ISYE 430Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments3
ISYE 470Facilities Planning3
ISyE Program Elective II3
PHIL 342Engineering Ethics3
Semester II
ISYE 460Operations and Supply Chain Management3
ISYE 492Industrial and Systems Engineering Design Project3
ISyE Program Elective III3
ISyE Program Elective IV3
CC electives3
Senior Year 2
Semester I
CC electives18

Courses

ISYE 220 | ENGINEERING ECONOMICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 150

Principles of financial analysis appropriate for evaluating the economic impact of engineering projects. Three hours lecture weekly. Sophomore standing in engineering. Fall semester.

ISYE 310 | WORK ANALYSIS AND DESIGN

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 330 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to the fundamental methods for analyzing and designing procedures to perform operations in the workplace. Includes time and motion study, methods improvement and workplace design. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Junior standing in engineering. Fall semester.

ISYE 320 | INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 330 and ISYE 391W

Introduction to the theory and methods used to design and analyze systems. Principles of the system life-cycle including problem identification, description, modeling, solution and implementation. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 330 | ENGINEERING PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 151 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to probability and applied statistics within an engineering context. Topics include probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, and statistical tests and confidence intervals for one and two samples. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall and Spring semesters.

ISYE 335 | STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 310 and ISYE 340

Application of statistics to improving quality and productivity. Both traditional and modern methods are presented, including state-of-the-art techniques for statistical process monitoring and control. Introduction to Six Sigma quality methodology and the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) problem-solving strategy for continuous quality improvement. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 340 | OPERATIONS RESEARCH I

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (MATH 310 or MATH 320)

Methods for developing and analyzing deterministic operations research models. Topics include linear programming, networks, and Integer programming. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 350 | MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 210 and ENGR 311

Corequisites: ISYE 350L

Description, classification and analysis of manufacturing processes used in the transformation of metal, polymers, and ceramics into consumer or capital goods. Topics include: analysis of variables that affect process operations, performance, quality and cost, and the design of process plans. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 350L | MANUFACTURING PROCESSES LABORATORY

Units: 1

Corequisites: ISYE 350

A laboratory course to compliment the lecture material presented in ISYE 350. One three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring Semester.

ISYE 380 | SUSTAINABILITY AND ENGINEERING

Units: 3

The course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the engineering roles and opportunities to improve the sustainability of engineering products, processes and systems. Topics include carbon footprint, life cycle assessment, design for sustainability, wastes and recycling, energy, and water.

ISYE 391W | INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 310 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Development of skills and knowledge needed to successfully manage projects in ISyE. Topics include project management, teamwork, the role of ISyE in an organization, career planning, formal memo writing, oral and written reports incorporating peer review, iterative drafting techniques, and formal final multimedia presentation incorporating peer review. Three hours lecture weekly.

ISYE 410 | HUMAN FACTORS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ISYE 330

An introduction to the field of ergonomics/human factors engineering. Principles of workplace and environmental design to conform to the physical and mental abilities and limitations of people are presented. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 410L | HUMAN FACTORS LABORATORY

Units: 1

Corequisites: ISYE 410

Laboratory for ISYE 410. Three hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 420 | SIMULATION OF PRODUCTION AND SERVICE SYSTEMS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (ENGR 121 or COMP 150) and ISYE 440

Modeling and analysis of systems using computer-based discrete event simulation. Principles of modeling, validation, and output analysis are developed using high-level simulation languages. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 430 | DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF ENGINEERING EXPERIMENTS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ISYE 330 and ISYE 335

Systematic application of statistical techniques to the design and analysis of engineering experiments. Application of experimental design to the improvement of products, processes, and services. Topics will include analysis of variance, single factor experiments, factorial and fractional factorial experimental designs, robust design, and response surface methods. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 440 | OPERATIONS RESEARCH II

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 330 and ISYE 340

Methods for developing and analyzing stochastic operations research models. Topics include Poisson processes, Markov processes, queuing, and decision theory. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 450 | MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (ENGR 121 or COMP 150) and ISYE 350

Introduction to principles of manufacturing automation, including process and machine control, control systems, programmable logic controllers, robotics, material transport and storage systems. Application of group technology and flexible manufacturing systems to manufacturing industries. Three hours lecture and one laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 450L | MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS LABORATORY

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: ISYE 450

Laboratory for ISYE 450. Three hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 460 | OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ISYE 220 and ISYE 340

Concepts in planning, controlling, and managing the operations function of manufacturing and service firms. Topics include operations strategy, forecasting, capacity, production planning and control, and trends in operations and supply chain management. Emphasis on the development and use of mathematical models and algorithms used to analyze and improve the use of material, labor and information in various processes. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 470 | FACILITIES PLANNING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 310 and ISYE 340

Analysis and design of production and service facilities. Analytical and computer-based techniques to assist with strategic planning, process design, material handling and flow, layout and facility location. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 492 | INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING DESIGN PROJECT

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: and ISYE 391W

Capstone Senior design project. Application of principles of Industrial & Systems Engineering from throughout the curriculum to a design project. Written and oral reports, design reviews, final project report and presentation. Six hours of laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics seminar in areas of special interest to current engineering practice in Industrial & Systems Engineering. May be repeated for credit. Upper division standing in the ISYE major.

ISYE 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Written report required. Upper division standing in the ISYE major. Prior approval by the department chair is required.

ISYE 498 | INTERNSHIP/CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3

Directed upper division level internship/ co-operative experience in engineering research, design, development, manufacturing, or the engineering activity. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum program graduation requirement. Placement contingent upon approval of participating organization. May be repeated for credit.

ISYE 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment.

Department Chair

Leonard A. Perry, PhD, Chair

Faculty

Bradley Chase, PhD, MPH

Odesma Dalrymple, PhD

Jae D. Kim, PhD

Truc T. Ngo, PhD

Rick T. Olson, PhD

Chell A Roberts, PhD