Mission Statements Related to Industrial and Systems Engineering

Our mission is to educate students in the principles and practices of industrial and systems engineering. We provide students with a foundational knowledge of science, mathematics, and logic. We give them practical engineering skills to solve complex problems and to build systems that symbiotically integrate people and sophisticated technology. We prepare our students to communicate clearly and to be successful team members and effective managers. We motivate students to think critically and to continue their professional and personal development beyond graduation. We endeavor to conduct world-class research, asking and finding answers to pressing questions facing industry and the society. We aspire to build and to contribute to a cohort of industrial and systems engineers that have the confidence to tackle, and resilience to overcome, the challenges of the next century. (Proposed by the ISE faculty, Summer 2018)


Mission Statement of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (our Department until 7/1/18)

The mission of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is to provide an education that builds within students a solid foundation in mechanical and industrial engineering principles, expands the reasoning, communication and problem solving abilities of students, and prepares graduates who have the motivation and ability for lifelong growth in their professional careers; and to develop and maintain a world-class research program in selected focus areas within mechanical and industrial engineering that complements the educational mission and addresses the evolving needs of industry and society. (Approved by the MIE faculty in Fall 2011)


Mission Statement of The College of Engineering

College of Engineering serves the state, the nation, and the world by graduating talented, broadly educated engineers, conducting high quality research, developing breakthrough technologies, and disseminating and preserving technical knowledge.


Our Vision

To be recognized internationally for engineering education and research, and for leadership to the profession.


The following strategic characteristics and aspirations will enable the College to realize its vision:

  • Small-college atmosphere that facilitates personal commitment to the educational success of students in a comprehensive university.
  • Undergraduate curricula that emphasize breadth and depth of education, which link to areas contiguous to engineering.
  • Graduate education that prepares students for research and advanced problem solving needed to address complex engineering problems.
  • Internationally recognized research programs in each department with strong support from professional constituencies.
  • Demonstrable leadership and service in advancing engineering professionalism to meet society’s needs.
  • Educational and research partnerships with health sciences, business, and other UI colleges, and with select agencies, universities, and industries.
  • Highly successful alumni who contribute to the profession in the global society.

(From Mission and Vision of the College of Engineering)


Mission Statement of The University of Iowa

In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world. (From Renewing the Iowa Promise: "Great Opportunities -- Bold Expectations", The Strategic Plan for the University of Iowa, 2010-2016)