Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

About the IMSE 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 three BSE degree programs in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Human-Centered Engineering Design. In addition, the department offers several master's degree programs and a full-time, research-based Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. This fully-funded Ph.D. program of the Rackham Graduate School of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is located, administered, and offered by UM-Dearborn.

IMSE faculty is actively engaged in research in the areas relevant to industrial and systems engineering. These areas include integrated design and manufacturing, operations research/decision science, and human factors and ergonomics. The faculty consistently obtains competitive research grants from federal government agencies, the state of Michigan and the automotive industry.

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.​

Learn More About Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineers in the Workplace
What is Industrial Engineering?

How to Reach us

The IMSE department will be available the below hours and days, during the Summer 2024 semester we will be available in person and virtually/ remote. If you would like an on campus appointment please email us:

Our in- person office hours are:

  • Monday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Our Virtual/ remote hours are:

  • Wednesday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact information:

Department Staff

Shan Bao

Associate professor and Chair, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Shelly Harris

Administrative Assistant, Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Joey Woods

Student Administrative Assistant Sr., Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Advisory Board

The Department continually seeks outside interactions with business, industries, and government through its Industrial Advisory Board. The IAB is composed of industry professionals who provide input on curriculum, potential employment for students, research opportunities for faculty, and a perspective on future challenges requiring collaboration. 

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

2340 - Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-593-5361
Fax: 313-593-9967