Welcome to Industrial and Systems Engineering!
Preparing You for Success
As a top-10 ranked university, it’s no surprise that our students are highly sought-after for post-graduation placement.
A Changing of the Guard
We are proud to welcome Professor Laura Albert as the newest David H. Gustafson Chair of the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. A special thank you to Professor Jeff Linderoth for his leadership for the last 5 years.
You’re in Good Company
We are proud to confer over 150 degrees per year. And our graduate program is #6 in the nation.
Research Highlights the Ingenuity of Family Caregivers
Professor Nicole Werner and PhD student Hanna Barton have collaborated on research exploring how families work to accommodate and sustain their children’s complex medical equipment. Their work was published in the May 2021 issue of the journal Pediatrics.
Industrial Engineering for the Public Good
Our research is second to none. We are a national leader in research funding which places world class faculty, opportunities, and facilities at your fingertips.
Top Honors for Radwin
The International Ergonomics Association has honored Professor Robert Radwin with its fellowship award.
A Welcoming Place for All
With a curriculum that offers 4 major focus areas of study, and a diverse student population, we have something for anyone pursuing the field of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
The UW-Madison Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has a long track record of excellence in the field. Consistently ranked in the top 10 nationwide, the department offers the highest quality educational experience, world-class research opportunities and cutting edge facilities to work and study in.
What is 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.
How do we compare to other programs?
- Our undergraduate program is ranked #12 in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report)
- Our graduate program is ranked #8 in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report)
Work on real problems for real companies while you learn in one of the best IE programs in the country. Whether it's helping a hospital redesign emergency department workflows to make sure the sickest patients get treated quicker, helping a small manufacturing company worried about its bottom line redesign its processes to do more with less.
The department is one of the nation’s premier teaching and research facilities devoted not only to improving contemporary production and service systems but also to aiding people who operate the systems. We maintain strong ties to local industries and service institutions, many with national and international reputations.
As a graduate student, you benefit from the fact that we are the current national leader in research funding with world class faculty, opportunities, and facilities at your fingertips. We are recognized for our strength and leadership in: Operations Research, Manufacturing, Health Systems Engineering, and Human Factors and Ergonomics.