Industrial and Manufacturing
Systems Engineering

About the Department

Industrial engineering entails designing, controlling, and managing complex systems and procedures for using production resources (people, information, equipment, and materials). The applications of industrial engineering principles can be found in manufacturing, healthcare, delivery and financial services, airlines, space programs and so on.


The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering offers two fully-accredited B.S. degree programs in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. In addition, the department has Master's programs in Industrial & Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, Information Systems & Technology, Program and Project Management, and Dual Degree program in I&SE and MBA.


You can follow the links in the sidebar for more information on our department, our faculty and their research, and the different degree programs we offer.

News and Events

IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineers) Seminar on Friday, April 10th , 2015

12:00 p.m.   1410/1420 PEC   Lunch Provided


Dr. Jeremy L. Rickli



Remanufacturing represents a significant business and sustainability opportunity provided that operations address the challenge of consistency and reliability. These challenges in remanufacturing systems have been identified as resulting from uncertainty in end-of-life/core product quality, return quantity, and return timing. Methods of addressing these challenges have been researched at various product and system levels, such as product life-cycle design, core acquisition scheme design, disassembly operation improvement, etc., and can be broadly categorized as uncertainty management in remanufacturing systems. This seminar will introduce four research thrusts currently being undertaking in the Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Systems Laboratory (MaRSLab) at Wayne State University. These research thrusts target; 1) disassembly sequence optimization in the face of uncertain product quality and return quantity, 2) establishing end-of-life core sorting triage strategies in extreme scenarios, 3) establishing standards of core condition assessment to improve remanufacturing decision making, and, lastly,

4) closing the information loop in product systems - linking end-of-life product data and decisions to product design. Though remanufacturing research has increased in the past decade, considerable challenges remain regarding the end-of-life treatment of current products and the design of optimal and sustainable end-of-life treatments for future products and technologies.



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Friday, March 27th- IMSE Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series Engineering Education, A Holistic Endeavor By John Cole, P.E. 76 BSE-ISE

John Cole, P.E., '76 BSE-ISE

President and Chief Operating Officer

Parkwood Engineering Development Corporation

Friday, March 27, 2015

11:45 to 1 pm

1410/1420 PEC


Lunch will be provided



This presentation will help engineering students get a better understanding of the need to view and use their education in a holistic manner. The general public views engineers in a very tunnel-visioned manner that is counter to what being an engineer in today's world really entails. Today's engineers, while similar to the problem solving engineers of past, need to be prepared to deal in a business environment that goes way beyond classic engineering. In the 1970's, 80's, and even well into the 90's, engineers solved engineering problems. Today's engineers not only solve engineering problems, but they are being looked at to solve business problems as well. The logical, systematic problem solving methods engineers learn in college translate well into analyzing business problems. Our "downsized" business world makes holistic problem solvers especially valuable.

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IE (Institute of Industrial Engineers) Seminar on Friday, February 20th 2015

Room 1410/1420 PEC, 12:00pm - 1:30pm


Design of Reliable and Resilient Systems


Dr. Xi's research objective is to design reliable and resilient engineering systems that are able to operate reliably and recover quickly to a functional state in the presents of failures due to adverse or extreme events. The research group has conducted research in various relevant fields to accomplish this goal including i) reliability analysis, ii) reliability/robustness-based design optimization, iii) prognostics and health management, iv) statistical model validation, v) human reliability analysis, and vi) resilience analysis. Basics and recent group developments in these fields will be presented with abundant engineering examples.      


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IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineers) Seminar on Friday, January 23, 2015

Room 1410/1420 PEC, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Ms. Jacquelynn "Jackie" Lapinski is the Regional Director, Process Excellence for the Southeast Michigan region St. Joseph Mercy Health System.  She leads the regional Process Excellence work to improve value, reduce waste, and provide an improved patient experience.  Prior to her position at St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Jackie spent 9 years at UM C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, where she was the Administrative Manager and Lean coach since 2005.  Previous to that she worked as a Management Engineer at UMHS.  Jackie earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the U of Michigan Ann Arbor.  She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the mother of 2 kids, and spends time volunteering for Food Gathers.

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December 03, 2014 - IMSE Department- Meet -N-Greet for IMSE Students and Faculty

IMSE Meet-N-Greet

Sponsored by IIE, SME Student Chapters and IMSE Department


When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: PEC Atrium

(A Buffet Dinner will be served)


Please come and meet with the IMSE faculty, students, IIE and SME Student Chapter leaders.  Learn about IMSE undergraduate programs, career opportunities in industrial and systems engineering and manufacturing engineering, and undergraduate research opportunities with faculty.

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IMSE Undergraduate Student Stefania Haag, Gains Valuable Experience Through the Highly Sought After Internship at Disney World in Orlando

If there's a piece of advice CECS students Stefania Haag and Lauren Stec could share with their classmates, it's to take advantage of internship opportunities. Besides gaining valuable work experience, an internship could possibly lead to a dream job.


Haag and Stec each took the winter 2013 semester off to complete a five-month internship at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Haag worked in Industrial Engineering while Stec worked in Scientific Systems Ride Control.

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Title: An Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics,IIE - Dearborn Chapter Seminar Series Friday, November 14, 2014 12:00 p.m. 1410/1420 PEC Lunch Provided
Title: An Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics: a case study on the muscle fatigue measurement during prolonged sitting.

Dr. Bochen Jia
This talk attempts to provide both important background and practical analysis to students interested in addressing ergonomic issues in the workplace. Human Factor and Ergonomic is the practice of designing products, systems or processes to take proper account of the interaction between them and the people that use them. The goal and principle of human factor study will be introduced. As a case study, the investigation of prolonged sitting on muscle fatigue development will be discussed. Sitting combined with moderating factors, such as, prolonged duration, could be potential risk factors for developing low back pain (LBP).  Although studies have been conducted to quantify the effects of these moderating factors on low back structure, such as the development of paraspinal muscle fatigue, there is little and inconsistent evidence regarding the specific mechanism(s) that underlie sitting-related LBP. Therefore, how can we assess paraspinal muscle condition and potential muscle fatigue resulting from prolonged sitting will be described.

About the Presenter:
Dr. Bochen Jia received his Bachelor's degree from Beijing Institute of Technology and Ph.D. degree from Virginia tech in 2013. He is currently an assistant professor in the department of Industrial & Manufacture Systems Engineering. His research interests include: Industrial ergonomics and occupational biomechanics, aging and work capacity, prolonged sitting and localized muscle fatigue and consumer product design.    
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Dr. Zhimin Xi, Assistant Professor of IMSE and Rong Jing, I&SE Graduate Student won the 2013 ASME Design Automation Conference Best Paper Award

IMSE assistant professor Zhimin Xi, I&SE graduate student Rong Jing, and their two collaborators (Dr. Pingfeng Wang, Wichita State University and Dr. Chao Hu, Medtronic Inc) won the 2013 ASME Design Automation Conference Best Paper Award. The Design Automation Conference is part of the 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.


This award is for the paper titled "A Copula-Based Sampling Method for Data-Driven Prognostics and Health Management." The paper presents a new data-driven prognostic approach for predicting the remaining useful life of engineering systems under uncertainty. This research is supported with the funding from Ford Motor Company. 

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IMSE Faculty Dr. Jian Hu Wins IIE Transactions Best Application Paper Award in Operations Engineering & Analysis
Congratulations to Dr. Jian Hu, assistant professor of IMSE, and to his co-authors (Dr. Homem-de-Mello  and Dr. Mehrotra) for winning the 2013 Best Application Paper award in Operations Engineering & Analysis for their paper titled "Risk Adjusted Budget Allocation Models with Application in Homeland Security," IIE Transactions, 43 (12): 819-839, 2011.
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Research Gant from Ford-UM Alliance to Investigate Fast Online Monitoring of Health Condition of Battery Cells with High Diagnostic Reliability

Dr. Zhimin Xi, Research Assistant Professor of IMSE and Dr. Cheol Lee, Associate Professor of IMSE received a research grant from Ford-UM Alliance to detect degradation of the battery cell capacity and power capability in operating conditions using validated lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery models under the temperature and cell-to-cell variability. Their research in this project will focus on the developement of statistically validated (or a virtual testing) battery models for capacity and power prediction, online monitoring system for battery cell capacity and power using measurable sensor signals, and the battery models to prevent premature failure of battery packs.

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IMSE Department Introduces Master of Science Degree in Program and Project Management

Nationwide, there is an increasing demand for skilled and experienced professionals who can develop, deploy, and manage locally and globally developed programs in a timely and efficient manner. M.S. in Program and Project Management (M.S. in PPM) is 30 semester hours graduate degree designed to address this growing need and targets technical professionals from various industries (i.e. engineering, information technology, military, government, healthcare, energy, transportation) who need to deepen their understanding of program and project management and would like to make a transition from team members to program managers. Graduates will also have the foundation to pursue certification as a project management professional (PMP).

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Research Grant from Ecomotors to Support System Level Optimization of Complex Mechanical Systems
Professor Yubao Chen received a research grant from Ecomotors International  to develop new system level optimization and predictive model for an opposite piston opposite cylinder (OPOC) engine.
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New Grant from Hyundai - Kia Motors to Investigate Measure of Perceived Gear-Shifting Quality

This research grant from Hyundai - Kia Motors will allow Dr. Sang-Hwan Kim, assistant professor of IMSE and  Mr. ByeongWook Jeon, visiting scholar from Hyundai-Kia Motors to develop measure of gearshift quality for optimizing driver propensity in terms of vehicle ergonomics.

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John Junge Gives 350,000 to Endow Scholarship

When John Junge was applying to college as a teenager in Jackson, Michigan, he assumed he would have to go to community college first because of financial constraints. But he won a scholarship to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor instead. After learning about the Dearborn campus's cooperative education program, he transferred so he could earn money in his chosen profession while finishing his studies.

Now he's giving back. Junge, a member of the class of 1964, recently announced a 350,000 gift to establish a scholarship for high school students who want to major in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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The A. Adnan Aswad

Scholarship is awarded each year from an endowment given by Dr. Aswad, former professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department.

Award: The scholarship is $2000 per year for two years for a total award of $4000.


More Information

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Industrial Engineering Video


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Gives a glimpse of the exciting work Industrial Engineers do everyday at Disney Parks around the world


M.S. Degree in Program and Project Management

The M.S. in Program and

Project Management (PPM) is a 30-semester-hour graduate

degree designed to address this growing need. It is suitable

for technical professionals from various industries (e.g.,

engineering, information technology, military, government,

healthcare, energy, and transportation) who need to deepen their understanding of program and project management and would like to make a transition from team members to program managers. For program brochure click here.