The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty members have made a direct difference in the lives of people and organizations throughout the world. They have:
Influenced federal policy related to safety and health issues in the workplace.
Designed ergonomically sound tools and workstations to reduce worker injuries and health problems.
Designed new approaches for implementing office automation to increase productivity and reduce stress.
Developed tools to dramatically improve our ability to optimize manufacturing systems.
Created improved methods to monitor quality of care in nursing homes and quality of products in manufacturing and service industries.
Helped corporations create factories of the future, improving the United States’ competitive position at a time when industrial vitality is a serious concern.
Developed mathematical models that enable researchers to analyze diverse scenarios and recommend workable solutions to complex problems.
Established new theories for enhancing quality and productivity in manufacturing service industries and government.
Developed theories and approaches for re-engineering inner-cities to enhance the quality of life for economically disadvantaged residents.
Ranked #7 best industrial engineering graduate program in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report, 2012)
Regularly ranked #1 in external research funding per faculty member among industrial engineering departments.
Four named professorships
In the recently released review of doctoral programs performed by the National Research Council, the department ranked highly in:
Average number of citations per publication
Average number of research awards per faculty member
Number of PhDs granted
Faculty, 2011-2012 — 12 professors, 5 associate professors, 2 assistant professors
Graduate assistants, 2010-2011 — 16 teaching assistants, 40 research assistants
Department scholarships, 2011-2012 — 26 undergraduate scholarships
Enrollment, 2010-2011 — 189 undergraduate students, 162 graduate students
Degrees conferred, 2010-2011 — 53 bachelors, 58 masters, 6 PhD
Research expenditures by source of funds, 2007-2008 — Federal: $8,299,575; Industry: $3,283,834; Private: $118,494; State: $517,376; Total: $12,219,279