Department of Industrial Engineering
Location: 2014 Cherry Building, Phone (409) 880-8804
Chair: Brian Craig, PhD, PE, CPE, (409) 880-8804, 2208 Cherry Engineering Building
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Advisor, Brian Craig, PhD, PE, CPE, (409) 880-8804, 2208 Cherry Engineering Building
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Advisor, Kerrie Frederick, (409) 880-8242. 202 Carl Parker Building
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Program Coordinator, Ryan Underdown, PhD, PE, (409) 880-8815, 2202 Cherry Engineering Building
Master of Engineering Management Advisor, Alberto Marquez, PhD, PE, (409) 880-8809, 2203 Cherry Engineering Building
Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering, Master of Engineering Science in Industrial Engineering and Doctor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering Advisor, Weihang Zhu, PhD, (409) 880-8876, 2210 Cherry Engineering Building
The Lamar University Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering and in Industrial Technology
Graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Industial Technology
Our mission is to provide quality education and meaningful career opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. We develop highly qualified graduates with potential to assume positions of increasing responsibility.
Our mission will be accomplished by recruiting and educating qualified students in an accredited curriculum of academic course work and experiences. Demand for graduates will be driven by frequent contact with employers through initiatives such as advisory council meetings, continuing education, co-op programs, consultation, research/development/publications, and student projects.
Our vision is to be the “Preferred Provider of Industrial Engineering Graduates and Technology.” We will accomplish our vision by (1) recruiting quality students, (2) developing employer-focused relationships (3) increasing supporting resources, and (4) integrating academic course work and industrial engineering experiences.
Industrial Engineering Department Goals
- Recruit high-quality industrial engineering students
- Prepare students with skills to compete through course work in accredited program
- Enhance students' career opportunities through frequent employer contracts and work experiences
- Encourage students to develop leadership skills
- Encourage students to pursue life-long learning
- Develop relationships with employers of industrial engineering skills
- Increase department resources through growth in enrollment, development and funded projects
- Conduct applied research and publish results with the ultimate goal of technology transfer for the betterment of mankind
- Provide exemplary service for the benefit of the university, the Beaumont metropolitan community, the State of Texas and global business and industrial organizations, and the engineering professions
Undergraduate Degree Plans
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering – 125 hours
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology – 120 hours
Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 125
Industrial engineering serves vital functions in today’s world and provides a wide range of career opportunities. It is particularly well positioned to develop individuals who provide solutions for the fields of supply chain management, logistics, operations research, project management, six sigma and "lean" engineering, economic analysis and associated solutions, quality assurance management, plant operation control/design, and managerial problem solving that require knowledge of fundamental science and engineering practices including human-system interaction. Industrial engineering deals not only with technology but also with people. It especially deals with managerial problems and human factors, ergonomics, and safety, requiring knowledge of fundamental science and engineering practice for their solutions. The Department of Industrial Engineering at Lamar University is one of the leaders in integrating computer applications, including computer-integrated manufacturing, simulation, lean manufacturing, and micro-meso machining into the curriculum. The curriculum also focuses on the human user and how human performance within a system can be improved while decreasing human error and injury.
Industrial engineers combine advanced study in management systems, economics, and decision-making to answer such questions as: “What products or services should we offer? What materials and methods should we use? How can we best motivate and reward people? How can we improve quality, productivity, service, and employee safety?” Typical responsibilities of the industrial engineer involve design, operation, and management. While the manufacturing industry demands many graduates, increasing numbers are finding satisfying employment in other kinds of businesses, such as airlines, banks, restaurant chains, department stores, hospitals, and governmental agencies.
An advisory committee of successful alumni from industry supports the department’s academic staff. The Lamar University Industrial Engineering Department provides a campus home and friendly team atmosphere with a focus on preparation of students for career leadership.
Bachelor of Science/Master of Business Administration (MBA) (five-year program)
Industrial Engineering undergraduates are also eligible to participate in a five-year academic program that leads to two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA). Industrial Engineering students will complete all of the normal Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree requirements and the industrial engineering electives are replaced with MBA leveling courses. For more information about this program, please contact the Industrial Engineering Department.
Special scholarships are available to qualified high school graduates. An expedited MBA admission process is also available to Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering seniors who meet requirements.
Industrial Engineering Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the LU BSIE program are expected to attain the following two program educational objectives within a few years of graduation:
- Graduates will demonstrate professional leadership (career progression, leadership positions, initiate change, etc.) and actively engage in life-long learning.
- Graduates will be successful in improving operations by solving contemporary and emerging industrial engineering problems and will effectively communicate these improvements with others at all levels.
Industrial Engineering Student Outcomes
The following outcomes are achieved in one or more courses in the BSIE curriculum. Graduates will have the following:
a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
c) an ability to 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.
d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
g) an ability to communication effectively.
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
i) a recognition of the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning.
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
l) an ability to design, develop, implement, and improve systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and energy.
m) the in-depth instruction to accomplish the integration of systems using appropriate analytical, computational, and experimental practices.
Suggested Program of Study – Total Min. Hours: 120
The Department of Industrial Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology (BSIT). Lamar University’s Industrial Technology program prepares students for positions in industrial management. The BSIT allows students to transfer up to 30 hours of technical course work. The BSIT provides students with the credentials for promotion within their technical field or for a career in industrial technology.
Students will learn how to streamline processes, improve quality, ensure safety in the workplace, and manage production and inventory systems and technical personnel. Industrial technology students typically gain employment with companies that manufacture a product. Daily activities might include solving problems in production, improving quality of products and processes, and managing technical personnel.
The first two years of this program are composed primarily of technical courses commonly taken at two-year schools such as the Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College at Orange or Lamar State College at Port Arthur. Students are also accepted from other technical two-year programs throughout the state and nation.
Admission to the Industrial Technology program will be granted upon application, after completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours toward the Associate of Applied Science degree or engineering common program with a grade point average of at least 2.00. Students in a two-year applied science program who intend to continue their education in the Industrial Technology program should make an appointment for advisement very early in their course work. Early advisement for the BSIT will ensure that courses taken during the applied science program will transfer to the Industrial Technology program. This program is also offered online.
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology – Information Technology (BSIT-IT)
Lamar University’s Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology program with a minor in Information Technology (BSIT-IT) prepares students for technical positions that require a working knowledge of computers and process improvement techniques. The BSIT-IT allows 27 technical hours to transfer and requires 21 hours in Management Information Systems to secure the minor. Students will learn the content of the BSIT program and will be prepared for similar career opportunities.
Industrial Technology Program Educational Objectives
- Graduates will possess the ability to develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and energy.
- Graduates will possess the ability to solve technical problems, to work on multidisciplinary teams, and to communicate problems and solutions effectively in both the manufacturing and service industries.
- Graduates will possess an appreciation of professional and ethical responsibility and the desire to seek self-improvement.
Industrial Technology Student Outcomes
Graduates will have the following:
a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to the analysis of industrial technology problems
b) an ability to conduct scientific and technical experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) an ability to improve a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve technical problems
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) an ability to communicate effectively
h) a broad education necessary to understand the impact of technical solutions on a society, both locally and globally
i) a recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in, life-long learning
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern technical tools necessary for industrial technology practice
l) an ability to develop, implement, and improve systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and energy
m) the in-depth instruction to integrate systems using appropriate analytical, computational, and experimental practices
Graduate Degree Plans
The Master of Engineering Management is a non-thesis degree program with all core courses offered after 4 p.m. Course work is designed to build onto the education received while completing an accredited bachelor's degree in engineering and the individual's professional experience. Hence, practicing engineers generally will not require undergraduate prerequisites.
A total of 36 credit hours are required at the graduate level. Included among these 36 credit hours are 15 hours of core courses required of all M.E.M. students. Course work in addition to the required core courses is tailored specifically to the needs of the student, but generally has approximately one-third of the courses in the general area of technical management, one-third in Business Administration, and one-third in the student's technical discipline such as Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
The Master of Engineering Degree is a non-thesis 36 semester hour program designed to suit the needs of the practicing engineer. A total of 36 credit hours are required at the graduate level. Included among the 36 credit hours are one course from each of the three categories of core courses for a total of 9 semester hours of core course work and a minimum of 27 semester hours (nine courses) of electives. Each student must also pass a final comprehensive examination.
The Master of Engineering Science Degree requires the completion of 30 semester hours of graduate course work, including a thesis. Included in the 30 credit hours are one course from each of the three categories of core courses for a total of 9 semester hours of core course work and a minimum of 21 semester hours (seven courses) of electives. Each student must also satisfactorily complete and defend their thesis (ENGR 5390 and ENGR 5391).
The Doctor of Engineering Degree is designed to permit the practicing engineer to study practical engineering problems of a complex nature. Each student shall register for ENGR 6110, Professional Seminar, each semester in which the student is registered for more than six hours or in which the student is registered for field study. A minimum of 4 hours is required. Each student must complete one course from each of the three categories of core courses for a total of 9 semester hours of core course work. Each student must pass the diagnostic examination. This examination has the objectives of determining the student's qualifications for a doctoral program and to provide guidance for the selection of a study program. This examination must be completed before the student has earned 15 semester hours of course credit after admission to the program. Each student must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of field study preparatory courses in a concentration designed to form a cohesive degree plan and must be approved by the student's advisory committee. The field study preparation includes completion of one semester of ENGR 6320, Justification of Engineering Project. Each student must pass the candidacy examination. The purposes of this examination are to test the ability of the student to comprehensively relate the subjects of the study program and to ascertain the student's qualifications to perform the field study. Each student must complete the field study/dissertation. After the student is admitted to candidacy a formal engineering proposal must be presented to the doctoral committee. Upon committee approval of the proposed field study the work is initiated. Normally, 30 semester hours of field study is required. Each student must successfully defend the field study/dissertation. Upon completion of the field study/dissertation a formal report with a standard thesis format shall be submitted to the committee and defended in an oral examination.