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Welcome to the Youngstown State University (YSU) Industrial & Systems Engineering program webpage.  We offer a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering.  This program offers a strong background in mathematics, the sciences, management principles, and principles of engineering analysis and design.  Also, in addition to receiving a quality education in this program, many students participate in co-op or internship job assignments during their time with us, making them highly marketable upon completion of their degrees.  Graduates of the program enjoy placement in many areas of the diverse industrial engineering job market.

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Martin Cala, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor and Program Coordinator

Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Phone:  (330) 941-1746


(330) 941-3016

The industrial and systems engineer functions as a problem-solver, innovator, coordinator, and agent of change in a wide variety of positions in manufacturing industries, service industries, and government. The industrial and systems engineer's unique background combines a study of science, mathematics, and management principles with the principles of engineering analysis and design to provide access to a wide variety of flexible technical and managerial careers.

The aim of the industrial and systems engineering program is to produce graduates who secure professional engineering positions, practice the profession ethically and effectively, maintain their professional competency through lifelong learning, and advance in one of the many technical and managerial career paths available to industrial and systems engineers.

The program prepares its students for these accomplishments by providing them with a broad scientific and engineering base via courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and the engineering sciences. In addition, courses in the social sciences and the humanities develop sensitivity to the social context within which the profession must be ethically practiced. Finally, industrial and systems engineering courses in the areas of manufacturing systems, human-machine systems, management systems, and  management science develop the technical expertise required by professional practice.

Program Educational Objectives

The industrial and systems engineering program at Youngstown State University is committed to offering its students a high standard of educational training. In fulfillment of its mission, as well as the missions of the College of STEM and the University, the program has established educational objectives that ensure graduating engineers have the educational knowledge and skills to practice industrial engineering effectively. The objectives of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Program are for our graduates to be:

  •  Professionals who are technically competent in modern industrial engineering based careers, as well as other emerging disciplines.
  •  World citizens who exhibit leadership qualities in their chosen disciplines, and who pursue continuing education through advanced degrees, certifications, licensure, etc.
  •  Active contributors to their professions, industries and/or communities.

Program Student Outcomes

To achieve the program educational objectives, our students are expected to have attained the required professional, technical, and social experience in the program with the ability to:

1-1.  Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering science to solve engineering problems.

 1-2. Utilize their design knowledge, skills, and technical experience to practice  engineering.

 1-3. Incorporate design of experiments with engineering analysis and design.

1-4.  Use design techniques to design systems, components, and processes that satisfy predetermined economic, environmental, manufacturability, ethical, social, health, and safety constraints.

1-5.  Recognize technical problems, develop ideas and formulate methods to determine acceptable solutions.

2-1.  Work as a member of an engineering team in industrial engineering practice.

2-2.  Accept project responsibilities and use problem solving skills.

2-3.  Understand their professional roles and ethical responsibilities in the engineering profession and society.

3-1.  Communicate their ideas and the application of engineering skills orally and/or in writing.

3-2.  Understand the global impact of engineering solutions on societal needs.

3-3.  Understand that the technology is constantly changing and industrial engineers must upgrade their knowledge in conjunction with the technological changes.

4-1.  Recognize the importance of professional development through involvement and leadership in technical societies such as the IIE.

4-2.  Have the broad knowledge to understand contemporary issues pertaining to the interaction between technology and  society.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Annual Enrollment and Graduation Data

The Industrial and Systems Engineering BE Program has been accredited by the engineering accreditation commission of ABET,

•     The last campus visit by ABET was on October 27-29, 2013.

•     The next campus visit by ABET will be in the 2019-2020 academic year.

 Term                                     Enrollment

Fall 2012                                 35

Fall 2013                                 40

Fall 2014                                 38

Fall 2015                                 46

Fall 2016                                 54

Fall 2017                                 78

Fall 2018                                 78

Academic Year                    Degree Awarded

2012-2013                               10

2013-2014                               15

2014-2015                               10

2015-2016                               16

2016-2017                               14

2017-2018                               18

Industrial and Systems Engineering Laboratories

The industrial and systems engineering laboratory spaces are located in Moser Hall and are equipped with hardware, software and networks to serve experiences within the curriculum that are hands on, team based, and communications or computational intensive. Laboratory experiences develop capabilities to design detailed components and to integrate solutions into large scale systems. Successively more challenging assignments are taken on throughout the curriculum and culminate in comprehensive experiences in the capstone facilities design sequence.

The industrial and systems engineering program makes optimum use of the Engineering Computing Complex, which is equipped with state-of-the-art computation, design, and communication hardware and software of a multi-disciplinary nature.

The ISE Project Laboratory is focused on team-based activities throughout the curriculum and particularly serves the methods engineering, human factors engineering and facilities design areas. At its core is a network of computing stations equipped with modern industrial and systems engineering software. Data collection and processing software supports video analysis of human performance, workspace and manufacturing cell design, facility layout, flow analysis and line balancing. The goal of this laboratory is to be able to cover any topic from the planning of initial resources for a start-up enterprise to the distribution of goods and services in global networks.

The Automation Laboratory Suite is a collection of spaces where students at all levels can learn and achieve together with an opportunity to make sustainable contributions to an initial or on-going project experience. It encompasses programmable robots, programmable logic controllers, vibratory bowl feeders, reciprocating feeders, power conveyors and numerous actuator and sensing devices.

The Manufacturing Laboratory Suite consists of several spaces containing equipment for rapid prototyping, casting processes, plastic injection molding and blow molding processes, CNC machining processes, sheet metal processing and instrumentation for inspection, measurement, and testing.

For more information, visit Industrial And Systems Engineering.

Cooperative Education

The industrial and systems engineering program strongly encourages its students to actively participate in the optional cooperative education program. The parallel co-op arrangement which combines work and study each semester is recommended. However, full-time employment in the summer can also be included. Students must register for a co-op course and submit documentation as specified by professional practice office. Currently a substitution of one elective course with three co-op experiences is allowed.


The industrial and systems engineering program specifies mandatory advisement. Every student in the program is advised every semester before his or her registration. Students cannot finalize their registration without approval of the faculty advisor or program coordinator.


The baccalaureate degree Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).   This process guarantees a quality program of high standards and excellence, evaluated by experts in industry, academia and government.  The program was last reviewed with a site visit on campus in 2013, resulting in the maximum 6 year approved accreditation.  The next on-campus site review date is scheduled for 2019.  This link below offers more information on this accreditation board.

Industrial & Systems Engineering Program

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Knowledge Domains
Mathematics requirement (met through MATH in the major)
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)6
Social Science (6 s.h.)6
Natural Science (2 courses; one with lab) (6-7 s.h.)
This requirement is met through required science courses in the major
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
First Year Experience (ENGR 1500 fulfills this requirement)
Industrial Engineering Courses
ISEN 3710Engineering Statistics3
ISEN 3716Systems Analysis and Design3
ISEN 3720Statistical Quality Control3
ISEN 3723Manufacturing Processes3
ISEN 3724Engineering Economy3
ISEN 3727Simulation of Industrial Engineering Systems3
ISEN 3736Methods Engineering2
ISEN 3736LMethods Engineering Laboratory1
ISEN 3745Accounting for Engineers3
ISEN 4821Capstone Design 1: Manufacturing and Service Systems3
ISEN 4822Capstone Design 2: Logistics Systems3
ISEN 5801Operations Research 13
ISEN Electives (4 courses from the list below))12
ISEN 5820Advanced Quality for Engineers3
ISEN 5823Automation3
ISEN 5830Human Factors Engineering3
ISEN 5850Operations Research 23
ISEN 5881Competitive Manufacturing Management3
Other Engineering Courses
ENGR 1500Engineering Orientation1
ENGR 1550Engineering Concepts2
ENGR 1560Engineering Computing2
CEEN 2601Statics3
ECEN 2614Basics of Electrical Engineering3
MECH 2641Dynamics3
STEM Elective 4
STEM Recommended Electives:4
MECH 1560Engineering Communication with CAD2
MECH 2606Engineering Materials3
CSIS 2610Programming and Problem-Solving4
ISEN 5811LManufacturing Practices I Laboratory1
Mathematics Courses
MATH 1571Calculus 14
MATH 1572Calculus 24
MATH 2673Calculus 34
Math Elective3
MATH 3705Differential Equations3
or MATH 3720 Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
Science Courses
CHEM 1515General Chemistry 14
PHYS 2610General Physics 14
PHYS 2611General Physics 24
Science Elective3
Total Semester Hours Required120
Recommended GER Electives
PHIL 1561Technology and Human Values3
PHIL 2626Engineering Ethics3
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
COUN 1587Introduction to Health and Wellness in Contemporary Society3
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
MATH 1571 Calculus 1 4
CHEM 1515
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
ENGR 1500 Engineering Orientation 1
ENGR 1550 Engineering Concepts 2
 Semester Hours14-15
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
MATH 1572 Calculus 2 4
PHYS 2610 General Physics 1 4
ENGR 1560 Engineering Computing 2
 Semester Hours13
Year 2
ISEN 3710 Engineering Statistics 3
ISEN 3724 Engineering Economy 3
MATH 2673 Calculus 3 4
CSIS 2610 Programming and Problem-Solving (others with consent of Program Coordinator) 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours17
ISEN 3716 Systems Analysis and Design 3
ISEN 3736
Methods Engineering
and Methods Engineering Laboratory
PHYS 2611 General Physics 2 4
CEEN 2601 Statics 3
GER Elective (SS) 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
ISEN 3723 Manufacturing Processes 3
ISEN 3727 Simulation of Industrial Engineering Systems 3
ISEN 3745 Accounting for Engineers 3
ECEN 2614 Basics of Electrical Engineering (others with consent of Program Coordinator) 3
MECH 2641 Dynamics 3
 Semester Hours15
ISEN 3720 Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEN Elective 1 (Spring) 3
ISEN Elective 2 (Spring) 3
MATH Elective 3
GER Elective (SS) 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
ISEN 4821 Capstone Design 1: Manufacturing and Service Systems 3
ISEN 5801 Operations Research 1 3
ISEN Elective 3 (Fall) 3
Science Elective 3
GER Elective (SPA) 3
 Semester Hours15
ISEN 4822 Capstone Design 2: Logistics Systems 3
ISEN Elective 4 (Spring) 3
GER Elective (SPA) 3
GER Elective (AH) 3
GER Electivee (AH) 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120-121

Required STEM and Electives

Rquired Stem Hours
ENGR 1500Engineering Orientation1
ENGR 1550Engineering Concepts2
ENGR 1560Engineering Computing2
CSIS 2610Programming and Problem-Solving4
CEEN 2601Statics3
ECEN 2614Basics of Electrical Engineering3
MECH 2641Dynamics3
MECH 1560Engineering Communication with CAD2
MECH 2606Engineering Materials3
Recommended GER Electives
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology (SS)3
PSYC 1560General Psychology (SS)3
PHIL 1561Technology and Human Values (AH)3
PHIL 2626Engineering Ethics (AH)3
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition (SPA)3
COUN 1587Introduction to Health and Wellness in Contemporary Society (SPA)3
Math & Natural Science Electives
MATH 3720Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory3
or MATH 3705 Differential Equations
Natural Science (various)3

Student Outcomes

The curriculum is structured to achieve the following outcomes as prescribed by ABET:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies