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Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and systems engineering focuses on improving operations within organizations, such as factories, hospitals, warehouses, airports, etc.  Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better. They engineer processes and systems that improve quality and productivity. They work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy and other commodities. This is why many industrial engineers end up being promoted into management positions.

This course introduces the students to the different aspects of the practice of industrial engineering including supply chain logistics, healthcare, manufacturing and service operations. The course gives an overview of and perspective on industrial and systems engineering, which will help students to define their career path. It also provides an understanding of the content, structure, and learning activities within an Industrial and Systems Engineering program.

This course is organized around four themes:

  • Manufacturing,
  • Transportation,
  • Logistics & Supply Chain, and
  • Healthcare

For each theme the course will introduce

  • Operational issues faced by the organization,
  • Tools industrial engineers use to address them,
  • Plant tours to see these systems in operation, and
  • Visits with practicing professionals and faculty.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will:

  • Define and explain common industrial engineeringterminology
  • Give examples of career opportunities in industrial engineering
  • Be aware of the development of industrial and systems engineering perspectives and initiatives to improve system performance

Course Requirements/Examinations

There will be one graded design project each week (20 points each)

  1. Design a Manufacturing System
  2. Traveling Salesman Problem
  3. Single Period Inventory Model (Hot Dog Vendor)
  4. Hospital Bed Optimization

Grade Weighting: Design Projects 80%; Poster Presentation 20%

Late Work: Assignments are due at start of class on the due date, but will be accepted late (with a 30% penalty) until graded work is returned. Projects have a 25% penalty for each class day late.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Instructors

Floyd Ostrowski, Course Director

Floyd OstrowskiFloyd is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He has a forty year progressive track record in advanced manufacturing concepts beginning as a machinist apprentice and culminating in a Chief Operating Officer position with multi-plant, multi-state, international operations experience, and strong lean manufacturing skills. Floyd has attained results that have radically streamlined and improved supply chain processes, achieving entitled levels of profitability, responsiveness, inventory turns and customer satisfaction. This was accomplished through driving the implementations of JIT (pull replenishment), TQM, and employee empowerment (Kaizen blitz events and cross functional teams).

Floyd received his BA in Business Administration from Antioch University. He received his MS in Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Concentration, from East Carolina University.

Lorna Treffert, Teaching Assistant

Lorna recently graduated with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from UTK. Her undergraduate research projects centered around Alternative Energy / Microgrid Optimization and Internet of Things technology. She is currently working towards her Masters in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis on Operations Research and Quantum Computing.  Outside of UT, she is very into road trips and adventures of any kind. She absolutely loves teaching and getting students excited about STEM fields.