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The Business of Engineering

UT’s Industrial Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET  (

Industrial Engineering as a study discipline at UT provides a strong background in fundamental engineering principles and the analytic methods necessary to solve problems associated with the production and delivery of goods and services.

The undergraduate curriculum is broad in scope in order to give graduates many options for employment. The program provides the engineer with an awareness of how societal and human issues influence technical decisions by combining the study of the physical sciences, language and social sciences, and technical engineering courses.

This solid, broad base in engineering allows industrial engineers to aid system design in a variety of fields, including retail distribution, banking, health care delivery, corporate management, municipal management, aerospace systems, research groups, and government as well as in the traditional area of manufacturing.

Program Educational Objectives

The IE program educational objectives have been developed to address the needs of our constituencies and to be consistent with and supportive of University of Tennessee mission and programmatic goals. Within 3-5 years of graduation,

  • Graduates will meet or exceed the expectations of employers of Industrial engineers,
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if desired.
  • Graduates will pursue leadership positions in their profession and/or communities.

Student Outcomes

The current Student Outcomes for the IE Program map one-to-one to the eleven ABET mandated outcomes (Criteria 3(a) through 3(k)). The following list of items are identified with the equivalent outcome as stated in the 2011–2012 Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs publication of ABET.

Graduates of the UT Industrial Engineering Program have the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • Have a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Have a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Undergraduate Enrollment and Degrees Award in the Past Three Years

Academic Year Undergraduate Fall Enrollment Bachelors Degrees Awarded
2018-2019 167 34
2017-2018 160 40
2016-2017 156 47






Contact Us Today

If you have questions, please contact the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering for details. If you want to talk to our undergraduate students for their experience, you may contact our ISE Ambassadors.

Lauren Lingar