The Industrial and Management Systems program at UNL provides our students a unique educational blend that offers many career opportunities. The mission of the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering is to prepare students to be future leaders by providing a quality education that focuses on lifelong learning experience in a rapidly changing work environment.
Key characteristics of the Industrial Engineering program at UNL include:
- Employment Opportunities: we have an excellent placement rate for our graduates.
- Co-op and Internship Opportunities: many of our students have the opportunity to be hired by local and national companies both during the summer and during the school year. Companies such as General Motors, Saginaw Steering, Frito-Lay, Hon Furniture, Pella Windows, Square D, Valmont Industries, Goodyear Tire, Energizer, and Hallmark Card have employed our students.
- Outstanding Faculty: our faculty have extensive experience in industry and excel in both research and classroom education. Dedicated to teaching, faculty enjoy sharing research and practical experiences with students and many have won college and university teaching awards. In addition, many faculty hold registration as professional engineers and certifications in specialized fields.
- Diversity: our Industrial & Management Systems Engineering program has one the highest female-to-male ratios in the College of Engineering. We also have the highest number of minority students in the college.
- Senior Design Project: during their last semester, our seniors work in teams with area companies to solve real-world problems. This experience helps students develop industry contacts and eases the transition from academic to professional life. Students gain professional experience as they develop teamwork, communication, presentation, and technical writing skills. Companies which have participated in the senior design program include Duncan Aviation, Skinner Bakery, McCain Foods, Molex, and Square D.
- Professional Leadership: our graduates hold high-ranking positions in major corporations, small businesses, software firms, engineering firms, universities, and government agencies. Among our alumni are entrepreneurs, attorneys, company presidents and vice presidents, consultants, environmental managers, and professors.
- Computer Facilities: students in our program have access to a state-of-the-art computer facility.
- Research Labs: students benefit from a high degree of hands-on experience in numerous research centers and laboratories: Center for Non-Traditional Manufacturing Research, Packaging Lab, Center for Ergonomics and Safety Research, and Distal Upper Limb Lab.
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities: undergraduate students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty in solving challenging problems. Participation in these can either be for academic credit or paid (through the UNL Pepsi U-Care Research Fund).
- Licensing: nearly all of our students who take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in preparation to be licensed as a Professional Engineering pass on their first attempt.
- Accreditation: the department's curriculum meets all requirements of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.
- The mission of the department is to educate engineers, conduct research, and disseminate information to benefit the citizens of Nebraska and the nation.
- It is our educational goal to graduate outstanding engineers thoroughly trained in mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, communications, computing, humanities, social sciences, engineering design and industrial engineering fundamentals, so the graduates can enter the professional practice of engineering and perform at an exemplary level.
Program Educational Objectives
- Design, develop, implement and/or improve integrated systems that involve people, materials, machines, information, technology, processes, equipment, and/or financial resources
- Serve as effective change agents in the organizations that employ them, based on strong interpersonal and teamwork skills, an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility, and a willingness to take the initiative
- Able to use modern computer software tools to solve engineering problems and effectively communicate results, solutions, and/or recommendations
- Obtain professional employment and/or admission to a graduate education program
Applications are NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED for the following programs:
- B.S. in Industrial Engineering
- M.S. in Industrial Engineering
- M.S. in Manufacturing
- Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering
Graduate students interested in the IMSE area can pursue the university's online Master in Engineering (M.Eng.) degree program.