The Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is a top-ranked program, offering a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (BSISE). It is one of the best known and highest-rated ISE programs in the United States. Career opportunities for ISEs have never been better, and our graduates work for manufacturing facilities, distribution warehouses, hospitals, airlines, railroads, banks, amusement parks, management consulting, military, and federal government organizations.

One of the primary aims of the ISE is to create value for organizations by improving performance of integrated systems, for example, improving quality, productivity, costs, efficiency, worker safety, and/or customer satisfaction. The depth and breadth of the BSISE curriculum at Virginia Tech prepares our graduates to contribute to any organization in any industry.

ISE Undergraduate Program Mission

The mission of the ISE Undergraduate Program is to prepare industrial and systems engineering students to create value for organizations, the profession, and society. We achieve this mission by recruiting, retaining, and educating high quality and diverse students and by creating a rigorous and collegial environment enabling students to learn industrial engineering methods and tools, built upon a foundation of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences, and to apply them in any global organizational setting. Students are able to achieve academic and professional success through opportunities to participate in various educational experiences, to develop capabilities as future leaders, and to embark on a lifelong journey of professional development and learning.

The B.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Educational Objectives

Within 3-5 years of graduation, ISE alumni are expected to have:

  1. Created value by applying the appropriate industrial and systems engineering tools to design/redesign integrated systems/processes, solve problems, implement innovative solutions, and improve organizational outcomes.
  2. Provided formal and informal project, administrative, or technical leadership.
  3. Pursued professional development via graduate study and/or continuing education in industrial engineering or related areas.
  4. Communicated effectively using written, oral, and visual media adapted to different audiences and stakeholders.
  5. Worked effectively in cross-functional team environments comprised of members with varying organizational backgrounds, positions, and geographic locations.
  6. Served the profession, community, and society, as exemplified in our motto Ut Prosim.

Student Outcomes

At time of graduation, ISE students are expected to have the following:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Undergraduate Program Director

John P. Shewchuk

Associate Professor and Associate Department Head
259 Durham Hall
540-231-6656     Email

Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Program and Co-Op

Maggie Johnson

243 Durham Hall

Undergraduate Academic Advisor and Study Abroad Liaison

Paula Van Curen

241 Durham Hall