Prospective Students

Prospective Students

What is an Industrial and Systems Engineer? 

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. 

Iowa’s program emphasizes teamwork and hands-on projects that call for structured problem solving, process and quality engineering, statistics and big data analytics, and other techniques. 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! 

For more information on industrial and systems engineering, please visit the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers at  


Why study ISE at the University of Iowa? 

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Iowa offers a host of options for the intrepid engineering student. From the undergraduate engineering degree, a dual BS/MS degree, certificates, elective focus areas (EFAs), and extracurricular activities, there are many options available to explore and develop professional skills. The Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) undergraduate program within the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa emphasizes both a broad education in engineering fundamentals and the opportunity for in-depth learning in an elective focus area. 

Engineering students at Iowa are smart, interesting people. They are also international travelers, Big Ten athletes, Hawkeye Marching Band members, leaders of student organizations, fraternity and sorority members, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, hospital volunteers, student senators, dance marathoners, intramural competitors, researchers, and more. 

At the University of Iowa, you won’t find yourself being “weeded out” of the program. Instead, we want every student to succeed, and we offer the support and programs to make that happen. We believe in a collaborative instead of competitive community that works together to find the best solution, as opposed to working against each other to have a better solution than the other guy. All ideas have strengths and weaknesses; collaborating to take the best pieces of everyone’s ideas creates better systems, solutions, and societies for everyone.  

You’ll work closely with faculty members who not only know your name but also your interests and aptitudes. They may even ask you to work with them on a research project! 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. 

Industrial and systems engineers are on the front lines of some of the world’s most pressing problems, developing solutions and putting technology to work for the good of everyone.