• Undergraduate program ranked #8 best among all schools (U.S. News and World Report).
  • Graduate program ranked #4 best among public schools (U.S. News and World Report).
  • UW-Madison ranked #15 best engineering school in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report,)
  • 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.
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Welcome to the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering!

Our department has a history of strong commitment to both teaching and research in the field of industrial and systems engineering. We are a national leader in research funding which places world class faculty, opportunities, and facilities at your fingertips. Our faculty, respected nationally and internationally, are leading the way in education and cutting edge research in the following areas:

  • Decision Sciences and Operations Research
  • Health Systems Engineering
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Manufacturing and Production Systems

Please visit our research and people pages for more information.

A Wealth of Opportunities

After graduation there are many different job opportunities available to industrial engineers. Many are employed in some facet of manufacturing where they interface with many types of professionals and work to blend technology, people, money and information together for smooth and efficient operations. Job opportunities outside manufacturing industries abound as well— in fact, there is virtually no limit to what can be done using industrial and systems engineering! Industrial engineers work in hospitals and medical centers, telecommunication companies, research laboratories, education systems, airline and transportation companies, banks, consulting organizations, and more. Many management positions are filled with industrial engineers, both at entry levels and later as career advancements.

Mission, Vision and Priorities

To advance industrial and systems engineering knowledge, excel in inclusive education, and inspire others to make a meaningful difference in their world, through innovative and ethical applications of engineering principles. 

To improve society by conducting world-leading research, serving the broader community, and providing an exceptional educational experience to all students. 

Integrity & Respect: We uphold the highest ethical principles in our teaching, research, service, and professional practice. Our efforts are grounded in respect for those with whom we work, as well as for those we teach and serve. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: We take actions that advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility; striving to create an environment where all can be successful. 

Collegiality & Teamwork: We encourage and support each other, teaming-up when we can accomplish more than we might individually.  

Creativity & Innovation: We seek out new ideas, appreciate curiosity, and strive for impactful solutions. Autonomy and flexibility are important to our research. 

Continuous Improvement & Professional Growth: We maintain an environment in which we strive to improve our work and our department. We actively pursue professional growth and development opportunities. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

A. Foster a department culture that demonstrates our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). 



B. Reinforce our efforts and investment in innovative and inclusive education. 

C. Strengthen our graduate programs and the student experience. 

D. Increase undergraduate and professional Masters enrollment in our programs and service courses. 


Research Excellence and Impact 

E. Enhance and grow our research profile and impact, leveraging interdisciplinary collaborations. 


Faculty and Staff Support 

F. Support the work of faculty and staff in ways that enhance work/life harmony. 

G. Invest in faculty and staff development with particular attention on junior faculty and new staff hires.  


Department Administration 

H. Maintain administrative systems and support reflective of a high performing organization. 


ISyE Advisory Board Bios Fall 2021


Rachael Conrad: Global Services Vice President & General Manager,  Rockwell Automation

Dave Klante: Principal, DKE Consulting

Tina Lamers: Global Director of Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Safety and User Experience, Aptiv

Nick Lochner: Managing Director, Accenture

Nick McDonough: Vice President, Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships, Advocate Aurora Health

Maria Palma: General Partner, Kindred Capital

Anshul Pande: Head of R&D & Senior Vice President, HealthEdge

Sandra Ringelstetter Ennis: Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting

Chris Samborski: Vice President (Strategic Finance), Martin Marietta

Zainab Ghadiyali: Ex. Tech & Product Lead, Airbnb, Facebook

Ed Nawrocki: President, East Region and Anderson Campus, St. Luke’s University Health Network

Allison Radecki: Chief Information Officer, Beam Suntory Inc

Mindy Rapp: Vice President of Global Operations, MTI

Nadeem Sheikh: VP and Head of Business, Woven PLanet (Division of Toyota)

Michael Yadgar: Principal, Americas SAP Leader Ernst & Young