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A Message from the Department Head

Welcome to the University of Tennessee (UT) Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department. UT is on the rise and UT ISE is definitely on the rise from all perspectives! Undergraduate and graduate students are well-trained and placed. Research is growing at a fast pace, receiving lots of competitive funding from various funding agencies, publishing papers in top journals, and making impacts from the region to around the globe. More importantly, for 76 years, the department has been such a great family-like community in which everyone feels welcome and included and practice volunteer spirit!

Students are the central part of our department. The ISE department provides an exemplary education experience to all students through its state-of-the-state curriculum, a high percentage of co-ops and internships, active student organizations, multiple study-abroad programs, numerous undergraduate research opportunities, and industry-sponsored senior designs. The program strives to meet the ever-increasing demand for industrial engineering graduates, the largest among all engineering disciplines in the nation and Tennessee [1,2].

The annual research expenditure hits a record of $3.67M in the academic year 2022~2023. Our faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates are doing world-class research, making impacts on manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, environment, and other systems, with funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, NIH, and many others. The department has a strong collaboration with Oak Ridge National Lab, CNS/Y-12, the State of Tennessee and the City of Knoxville.


Go ISE! Go Vols!

Mingzhou Jin
John D. Tickle Professor and Department Head
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


[1] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational projections and worker characteristics 2022~2032,”
[2] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “May 2022 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates – Tennessee,”