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 Industrial and Systems Engineering program 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 the time of graduation, ISE students are expected to have the:

  1. Ability to apply computational and industrial engineering tools and techniques encompassing manufacturing systems, operations research, human factors and ergonomics, and management systems engineering.
  2. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, physical and social sciences, and engineering to IE problems.
  3. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve structured and unstructured IE problems.
  4. Ability to model, analyze, and evaluate work systems and processes, using appropriate experimental design, measurement tools/techniques, and data.
  5. Ability to generate and evaluate alternatives to design an integrated work system or process to meet requirements through a systems perspective.
  6. Ability to evaluate the impact of IE solutions in the broader context of the organization and society, with an appreciation of different cultures and perspectives.
  7. Knowledge of the role of industrial engineers in contemporary issues.
  8. Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and using written, oral, and visual media.
  9. Understanding of professionalism, good citizenship, and ethical behavior.
  10. Ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  11. Understanding of the need for continued professional development and ability to engage in life-long learning.

Undergraduate Program Director

John P. Shewchuk

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

Undergraduate Academic/Career Advisor and Co-op Liaison

Joyce Vest

Undergraduate Academic Advisor
243 Durham Hall
540-231-6388     Email

Undergraduate Academic/Career Advisor and Study Abroad Liaison

Paula Van Curen

Academic Advisor
241 Durham Hall