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New Curriculum In Industrial Engineering

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Current Topics in IE Education

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Industrial Engineering

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11.954.1 - 11.954.8



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Richard Koubek Pennsylvania State University

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M. Jeya Chandra Pennsylvania State University

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THE NEW CURRICULUM IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AT THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY Introduction Even though the old curriculum in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University covers basic tools an industrial engineer should possess, broader applicability of these tools in areas such as service processes was not very well covered in this curriculum. Based on the feedback received from the current students and alumni, the department faculty decided to modify the curriculum so that students are provided with a broader domain of applicability and the objective of educating the world class Industrial Engineer is met. In addition, it was also decided to give the students, the option of specialization through tracks in the new curriculum. The emphasis of this curriculum is educating students on the principles, tools and techniques of the industrial engineering profession which can be applied to the tracks. The critical processes required to analyze and solve problems in the different areas and desirable outcomes are covered in courses. The new curriculum will give the students, the option of selecting one of the following tracks which will prepare them well for the job market in industrial engineering. • Manufacturing Systems Engineering • Engineering Service Systems • Engineering Information Systems

In endorsing the new curriculum, the department Industrial Professional Advisory Committee (IPAC) said: “The IPAC group for the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering department firmly endorses the curriculum changes being proposed by the department., These changes are a direct result of prior discussions and recommendations between the IPAC group and the faculty of the department, partially as an outcome of the prior strategic planning effort in the department initiated in 2001. The need for this reform has become more obvious over the past few years, and we feel that it is critical that the department institutes these changes to stay abreast with the continual shifts in industrial engineering practices, techniques, and applications. The breadth of the industrial engineering profession uniquely lends itself to a curriculum that offers more flexibility and choices to its students, as the new curriculum proposal offers. In addition, the additional emphasis on emerging fields within the service sector and in the information technology field will make our curriculum more appealing to potential students, and will enrich the education that Penn State IME students receive”.

This paper describes the curriculum and its objectives.

Basic approaches to curriculum change

• Integrate other applications areas (e.g., service processes) into existing courses. • Reorganize required courses into areas of competency. • Reorganize elective courses (IE and non-IE) into domain areas.

Koubek, R., & Chandra, M. J. (2006, June), New Curriculum In Industrial Engineering Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1165

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