Computers and information systems are important components of modern business. Students are introduced to the basic terminology and concepts of information system design, construction, and usage. The values and limitations of computing capabilities are explored. Emphasis is placed on the use of computer hardware and software systems in information processing and on the interface of information systems with management in helping to achieve the objectives of an organization.
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Ergonomics emphasizes the technical knowledge necessary to analyze and predict the performance of humans in human–machine systems. Basic courses cover capabilities and limitations of major human subsystems including cardiovascular, muscular, and cognitive (information processing) systems. Knowledge of these human subsystems is used to aid in the design of effective and safe working environments.
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In the design and implementation of integrated systems, industrial engineers must be able to master the technology of new systems, to understand the technical change process, and to achieve the benefits of such systems. Management engineering courses emphasize the role of people acting as individuals, and in groups, in operating systems. Theories of administration, group dynamics, and human motivation are applied to specific managerial problems related to the establishment, clarification and modification of an organization’s objectives. They also cover the design, evaluation, and improvement of human–machine systems for accomplishing these objectives
Manufacturing engineering is concerned with determining how to manufacture engineered products with minimal capital investments and operating costs in facilities safe to both workers and the environment. Students study methods for evaluating production and inventory systems, facility layout, and material handling systems and are prepared to aid in the daily operation of a manufacturing facility while evaluating operations for the future.
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Operations research is an applied science devoted to describing, understanding, and predicting the behavior of systems, and guiding them towards better performance. Courses in this area cover the use of mathematics in constructing models to analyze and design operational systems. Students study a variety of model structures and their application to real world processes such as production, maintenance, inspection, resource allocation, distribution, and scheduling.
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Industrial and Operations Engineering graduates understand how to cope with uncertainty in the design of engineering systems. In particular, they design quality control systems and apply reliability analysis and experimental design techniques to design better products and processes.
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Students in the College of Engineering can elect one or more academic minors offered by departments within LS&A. Minors are intended to recognize the completion of a coherent sequence of courses in a particular academic area and require more careful selection of your non-engineering courses. They serve as recognition, via transcript notations, of the completion of a more in-depth course sequence.
For more information: LS&A Minors Approved List by the College of Engineering
For undergraduate IOE students interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing, this program will expose them more to the field. The concentration consists of a sequence of courses in manufacturing (IOE425, IOE441, ME481, etc.). The credit hours for this sequence will be contained within the usual BSE degree requirements. The Program Advisor for the degree program will advise and audit the concentration sequence “Manufacturing Systems Concentration” will appear in your transcript but not on your diploma The MSC will focus on systems-approach to manufacturing and design for future requirements.
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The College of Engineering offers a variety of academic minors and co-curricular programs to complement our undergraduate engineering degrees. Through these opportunities, students can apply engineering skills while traveling abroad, obtain hands-on entrepreneurial experience, explore artistic and creative passions and much more.
The College of Engineering Honors Program at the University of Michigan provides a unique opportunity for highly-motivated students to reach their full potential, both inside and outside of the classroom. Specialized academic requirements create an enriched learning environment that caters to the various disciplines of the College of Engineering. Honors students work closely with faculty and student mentors, facilitating strong intellectual bonds and personal growth. If you are ready to be challenged beyond the scope of traditional curricula, and are looking for an enriching community, then the Honors Program could be the perfect way to explore your talents.
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Industrial and Operations Engineering