University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

educational objectives
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Undergraduate educational objectives


Graduates will demonstrate competence in the professional practice of industrial engineering. In particular, they will (1) demonstrate a thorough understanding and working knowledge of mathematics, physical science, economics, and basic engineering principles to solve industrial engineering problems; (2) independently use appropriate techniques, skills, and tools to identify, formulate, analyze, and solve industrial engineering problems; and (3) design a system, component, or process to meet an identified need.


Graduates will demonstrate the skills needed to assume leadership in their workplaces and their profession. In particular, they will: (4) state a life­long learning plan and demonstrate research skills to gain new knowledge or information necessary; (5) communicate and work effectively on professional teams to solve engineering problems; and (6) act with professional and ethical responsibility, and appreciate the impact of proposed solutions in a global/societal context.


Undergraduate student outcomes


1. Apply knowledge of math, science, economics, and engineering principles to solve ISYE, social or business problems
2. Recognize, describe, predict and analyze systems behavior
3. Apply experimental design or data analytics
4. Demonstrate 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
5. Design effective and efficient human and technical work systems
6. Contribute to solving ISyE problems and cooperate with engineers to solve engineering and societal problems
7. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems using appropriate information and approaches
8. Understand physiological, cognitive, and sociotechnical aspects of humans as components in complex systems
9. Identify opportunities and apply engineering solutions for evaluating productivity and quality improvement
10. Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
11. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
12. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues across various industries
13. Show proficiency and effectiveness in technical communications
14. Engage in continued learning and demonstrate an appreciation of the benefits of lifelong learning
15. Apply the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice, such as quality engineering, optimization, simulation, and project management


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