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.
Students in our department can choose from many student organizations to get involved in. In particular, our students participate in the following groups:
- ALPHA PI MU (APM): APM is the only nationally accepted IE honor society. Invitations to qualifying IE students are sent out at the beginning of each semester.
- Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES): HFES brings together students and researchers from different fields and provides a forum to discuss, learn about, participate in, and integrate the various disciplines influencing the field of human factors at UW and in the community. HFES Facebook
- Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE): IISE is an international industrial engineering professional society which seeks to provide students with opportunities to develop lasting relationships with faculty, industry partners, and peers. In addition, the group strives to gain exposure for the profession at the university and in the community at large. Social Media: IISE Facebook
- Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME): SME is an international professional society for engineers in the field of manufacturing. The student chapter of SME at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the most active student organizations on campus.
- INFORMS Student Chapter: An association for students to engage with each other and share their knowledge, experience with operations research. Activities include orientations for new students, informal research discussions and presentations, lecture series on operations research, and social events.
For further information about any of these organizations, please visit their website. For a complete list of student organizations that exist in the College of Engineering, please visit Beyond the Classroom!