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Leaders who shape the future of industrial engineering

Connections to Chicago

Students and researchers benefit from connections to a variety of industries and nonprofits ranging from transportation to healthcare to logistics to data science.

Diverse research funding

Department faculty have grants from 11 federal agencies and a wide range of industry partners.


other departments with which we actively collaborate

across five Northwestern schools

Research Areas

Advancing the growing field of data analytics

Our department carries out internationally-recognized fundamental research in optimization, statistics and statistical learning, and stochastic models and simulation that often serves as enabling technology for other researchers to solve a wide range of problems. We also have a strong reputation in research related to computational social science, energy systems, financial engineering, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing and service operations, and security.


Centers at the forefront

Our department centers — including the Center for Optimization and Statistical Learning, the Center for Engineering and Health, and the Center for Deep Learning — cross disciplines and advance technology to help solve problems across fields.

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Flexible curriculum, based in theory and practice

Our department offers undergraduate (BS), graduate (PhD), and professional master’s (MS) degree programs. Students can choose from a variety of courses aimed at developing skills in analytics and understanding industrial engineering’s role in solving modern business challenges. In addition, students at all levels enjoy the opportunities created by our connections to Chicagoland industry and nonprofits in a wide variety of areas from transportation to healthcare to logistics to data science. Our graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in industry, government, and academia.


Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Combined BS/MS Degree Program

Please note: The IEMS department does not offer a master's program. However, McCormick's Combined BS/MS Program allows undergraduates to simultaneously pursue a bachelor's degree (BS) in industrial engineering and a master's degree (MS) from another engineering department.

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Diego KlabjanFACULTY

Professor and Director of Master of Science in Machine Learning and Data Science Program

“ As Director of the Center for Deep Learning, I lead large projects developing models and software for deep learning that engage many PhD students and post-docs.”

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Jorge NocedalFACULTY

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences

“ Our Center for Optimization and Statistical Learning integrates and nurtures two core research areas of the department: optimization and statistical learning. We are training a new generation of engineers in the era of data-driven decision making.”

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Jill WilsonFACULTY

Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Professor of Instruction and Assistant Chair

“ I oversee and shape our undergraduate program to provide a high-caliber educational experience, while promoting student community and supporting overall student wellness.”

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Seyed IravaniFACULTY

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

“ As Director of Graduate Studies, I manage our PhD education and maintain its high quality with the goal of training independent and innovative thinkers who are ready to push the boundaries of the knowledge in the field of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences.”

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Sanjay MehrotraFACULTY

Professor and Director of the Center for Engineering and Health

“ The Center for Engineering & Health develops systems solutions to healthcare operations and policy problems. In the process, we develop data science and decision methods through engagement of undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows.”

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