Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Industrial Undergraduate Overview


Managing industrial, business, or service activities in the modern world is a complex task as engineering, the sciences, and the humanities have become much more interdependent. All organizations need individuals capable of designing, installing and operating systems that will function in a society made more complicated by the technological explosion. The orientation is "productivity through quality," and there is a need for people who can:

  • Direct, coordinate, and control the diverse components of the system
  • Utilize resources in an optimal manner
  • Translate discoveries into new products on a timely basis.

The Department of Industrial Engineering meets this challenge through an intensive educational program. Building upon a solid foundation in the basic sciences, engineering, and computers, the curriculum provides the student with a capability for systems analysis & design that crosses traditional disciplinary lines, and an awareness of and concern for the demands of today's dynamic social systems. Organizations employing industrial engineers include:

  • Manufacturers
  • Retail corporations
  • Transportation industries
  • Independent consultants
  • Banks
  • Hospitals
  • Energy suppliers
  • Government/military
  • Educational institutions

ABET Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Industrial Engineering Program at the University of Pittsburgh are for our graduates to be :

  • Successful professionals, who adapt to and drive changes in technology and our global society in their desired career path, including industrial engineering based careers, as well as other professional disciplines;
  • Lifelong learners and pursuers of advanced knowledge;
  • Leaders who serve their profession and/or community.

ABET Student Outcomes

At graduation, students must be able to demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Enrollment and Graduation Numbers

Academic Year 



2011-12 204 47
2012-13 222 53
2013-14 244 76
2014-15 249 65
2015-16 243 71

The BS in industrial engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org