Prospective Students

Prospective Students

What is Industrial and Systems Engineering? 

Better, faster, cheaper, safer. Industrial engineers enhance the systems and processes around us, exploring business challenges and finding innovative solutions that boost efficiency and effectiveness. 

Industrial engineers work with a wide variety of people, not stuck behind a desk but making decisions that help people in an immediate way. Check out what a day in the life of these industrial engineers is like and look below to hear from some of our graduates. 


Why study ISE at the University of Iowa? 

At the University of Iowa, we want every student to succeed, and we offer the support and programs to make that happen. We believe in a collaborative community that works together to find the best solution. All ideas have strengths and weaknesses; collaborating to take the best pieces of everyone’s ideas creates better systems, solutions, and societies for everyone. 

The ISE Department at the University of Iowa offers a host of options for the intrepid engineering student. From the undergraduate engineering degree, a dual BSE/MS degree, certificates, elective focus areas, and extracurricular activities, there are many options available to explore and develop professional skills.

Our 15:1 student to faculty ratio allows you to work closely with faculty members who not only know your name but also your interests and aptitudes. Working with faculty, you might develop robots for space exploration, a production system for a Fortune 500 company, data-mining tools for a hospital, or a new jet cockpit.


From Our Alumni

Megan Greenwood - Spring 2011

Founder and owner of Greenwood Brewing in Phoenix, AZ

Engineering not only provided the scientific and mathematical foundation for my career, but it opened doors that could not have been opened without it. My first role after college had an engineering degree requirement, and it turned into a sales position. The Engineering Degree gave me the key to the first gate to open when launching my personal story, and I am so grateful that I have it. Industrial Engineering is a huge part of what I do today as a brewery owner and operator. Process engineering is what we do, supply chain is a huge part of my job, and understanding statistics and human factors assists in my marketing and business analysis. So much of my day includes industrial engineering, but it is a non-traditional pathway for an engineer. The tools that I learned in ISE gave me the confidence to be a Business Owner, to design and build my facility and brewery, and operate my business daily.” -Megan







Jessica (Blumberg) Moffit - Spring 2018

Project Engineer with the Integrated Supply Chain team at HNI Corporation in Muscatine, Iowa

"I'm currently working with our supply chain analysts and leadership team to create a comprehensive training program since we recently consolidated all our buyers to function in one location. This involves a lot of standard work development and validation for several different procurement processes.

The ISE program had a broad focus that allowed me to explore various fields within Industrial Engineering.  I didn't feel like I had to pick a path early and only explore that one path.  I got to take supply chain, quality, management, and ergonomics classes that set me up to know about a lot of different areas that are incredibly relevant within the manufacturing company I work for! I learned how to work with different types of people with backgrounds different than my own. Iowa Engineering helped me meet so many great people with such broad interests that I was always learning about people just as much as I was learning technical skills. This has been so important as I work with members who have vastly different experience levels and backgrounds." -Jessica




Haley Hawbaker - Fall 2019

Industrial Engineer at Collins Aerospace, Tactical Air Communication department

“Iowa Engineering puts an emphasis on being an "Engineer and something more". This pushed me in my college career to do things outside of my comfort zone and learn social and teamwork skills that have positively impacted my job. Being able to work with people and communicate effectively is extremely important in being successful in this environment! Courses like six sigma, quality control, human factors, and ergonomics are extremely relevant to my job. I serve as my department's lean focal and work with quality engineers to reduce defects. We also deal a lot with layouts, workstation set ups, and standard timings - learning about this through ISE coursework was extremely beneficial.” -Haley