University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Welcome to Industrial and Systems Engineering!

Industrial and systems engineers make things better! We focus on improving goods and services, making them more cost-effective and of greater value to people, industries and society.

Thank you for your interest in our department. Please feel free to visit us on the web, by phone (608-262-2686) or in person!

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Department Data

Enrollment, Spring 2015

Bachelor of Science in IE: 305 

Master of Science in IE: 43

PhD students in IE : 55

Degrees conferred, 2014-2015

Bachelor of Science in IE: 74 

Master of Science in IE: 50

PhD in IE: 10

Faculty, 2014-2015

10 full professors, including 4 named professorships

5 associate professors

4 assistant professors


Graduate student appointments, Spring 2014

90% of our doctoral students receive financial support sufficient to cover living expenses plus tuition

14 project assistants

18 teaching assistants 

43 research assistants

Campus research facts 2015

UW-Madison and College of Engineering Research Facts


Indicators of quality 

The UW-Madison industrial engineering undergraduate program is ranked #9 best in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report, 2015).

The UW-Madison industrial engineering graduate program is ranked #10 best in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report, 2015).


The UW-Madison is ranked #14 best engineering school in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report, 2015).


In the latest published review of doctoral programs by the National Research Council, the department ranked highly in average number of citations per publication, average number of research awards per faculty member, and number of PhDs granted.


Our distinguished faculty have been recognized for their research contributions with awards from national and international organizations.

ISyE Department  2015 Snapshot