Every member of our faculty is actively engaged in research in one or more areas of industrial engineering. Our departmental focus is on operations research, manufacturing, related core areas (including engineering education and safety engineering), and most importantly, the intersection of all of these areas. Sponsored doctoral research focuses primarily on methodology, but faculty also undertake many applied projects in a broad range of application areas that include Masters students as well as exceptional undergraduate upperclassmen. Our per capita research expenditures rank among the best in the country as compared to our peers.

Areas of Research Interest

Operations Research (OR) is an engineering discipline primarily focused on the science of making decisions with the goal of optimizing an objective criterion, such as cost, risk, revenue, or performance. The closely related discipline of Analytics may be defined as the scientific process of transforming data into insight for making better decisions.  OR and Analytics techniques often lie at the intersection of optimization, probability, and statistics, and in today’s era of data-driven decision making, these methodologies are particularly relevant. The research of the OR faculty emphasizes both new solution strategies and novel application domains. Specific areas of interest include:


  • Optimization algorithms
  • Stochastic modeling and analysis
  • Machine learning
  • Statistics and data science


  • Healthcare operations and medical decision making
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Supply chains
  • Maintenance optimization and reliability
  • Sociotechnical systems


Taposh Banerjee, Oliver Hinder, Jourdain Lamperski, Taewoo Lee, Lisa Maillart, Oleg ProkopyevAmin Rahimian, Jayant Rajgopal, Bo ZengNatasa Vidic

Our manufacturing research covers the science and technology involved in the design, fabrication and characterization of advanced materials and products at different length scales (from the nanoscale to the macroscale). Particular emphasis is on how manufacturing and design research on products, processes and systems impact our societal needs in areas of energy, health and the environment. The following is a list of focus research areas in manufacturing:

  • Advanced and active materials
  • Nanomanufacturing and micromanufacturing
  • Medical device design and biomanufacturing
  • Metrology and materials characterization
  • Surface and biointerface engineering
  • Manufacturing systems, supply chains, and facility logistics
  • Additive manufacturing and reverse engineering
  • Workforce development


Bopaya Bidanda, Ravi Shankar, Paul Leu, Mostafa Bedewy, Youngjae Chun