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:

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

Enrollment and Graduation Numbers

Academic Year Enrollment Graduates
2012-13 226 51
2013-14 242 64
2014-15 257 67
2015-16 241 70
2016-17 215 81

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