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What is Industrial and Systems Engineering?

Industrial and Systems Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skill in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.

National History

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, founded in 1948, helps its members improve complex organizations around the world and across industries.

Within a year of its inception, membership consisted of 1,279 members, including 938 students, 2 senior chapters and 10 university chapters. The first convention was held in June 1950 and has continued annually since that time. By 1958, membership had escalated to 6,500 members with 80 chapters and climbed to 12,000 by 1960. Throughout their careers, members turn to IISE for tools and connections that provide an integrated and systemic perspective to business challenges. Solving complex problems is our common objective.

Originally known in the US as the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, the word American was dropped in 1981 to truly reflect the international origins of its growing membership base. At that time, the organization officially became the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Industrial Management Magazine was added to the product line. In 2016, the membership voted to change the name of the organization to the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers to reflect the growing changes and responsibilities of Industrial Engineers.

IISE National History

We serve those who solve the complex and critical problems of the world.

IISE National Vision

A widely recognized, inclusive organization that advances, promotes, and unites the industrial and systems engineering profession worldwide.

IISE-UH Mission

To empower Industrial and Systems Engineering students with knowledge, professional growth, and excellence in academics and careers.