Ranked Industrial Engineering Graduate Program by the U.S. News & World Report (2023)


Ranked Public University by the Wall Street Journal (2022)

University of Michigan Industrial and Operations Engineering (U-M IOE) PhD students have fellowships for year one, guaranteed funding until completion and can access more than a dozen graduate student certificate programs across campus.

Our PhD students have extensive interdisciplinary opportunities available on campus. Take classes and work with faculty from different engineering departments, Michigan Medicine, and U-M schools and colleges such as the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Public Health.

Sign-up for our virtual grad school webinar on Nov. 10, 2023 to learn more about our program before you apply.


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Celebrating the IOE graduate class of 2024

This spring 58 students graduated from the U-M IOE PhD and master’s program. Many of whom were honored with awards. 

University of Michigan IOE PhD Student Yifan Li honored with teaching awards

Yifan Li has been honored with the 2024 Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the College of Engineering and the Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Award

Jianhao Ma smiles and poses for a portrait.

IOE PhD student Jianhao Ma awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship supports PhD students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing

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Students celebrated at U-M IOE Graduation Reception

On Thursday, April 7, 2023 students, faculty, and staff from the Univerisity of Michigan Industrial and Operations Engineering (U-M IOE) Department came together to celebrate the accomplishments of their graduating graduate students at the Michigan League. This spring 67 students graduated from the U-M IOE PhD and master’s program. Many of whom were honored with awards. 

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Jacqueline Hannan awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to further neonatal ventilation research

U-M IOE PhD student Jacqueline Hannan has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the NSF. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States.

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U-M IOE hosts its second annual Graduate School Workshop

The workshop is part of a multi-year diversity, equity and inclusion initiative to broaden participation in the field of industrial engineering.

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University of Michigan Student Chapter selected as a winner of the INFORMS 2021 Student Chapter Annual Award (Summa cum laude)

The purpose of these awards is to recognize the achievements of student chapters. Please join us in congratulating our students on this well-deserved recognition!

New workshop promotes graduate school in industrial engineering for underrepresented groups in STEM fields

The IOE department started a new initiative to broaden participation in industrial engineering by underrepresented groups, including traditionally underrepresented minorities, women, and first-generation students. A recent IOE graduate school workshop offered by the department was part of the launch of this new multi-year diversity, equity and inclusion initiative.

Kati Moug receives 2021 Generation Google Scholarship

U-M IOE PhD student, Kati Moug, has received a 2021 Generation Google Scholarship in recognition of academic performance, leadership, and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

IOE graduate students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

U-M IOE graduate students, Lauren Czerniak and Leena Ghrayeb honored as recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP).

Nadine Sarter receives FAA funding for research on pilots’ role in risk mitigation

U-M IOE professor, Nadine Sarter has received funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for research on the role flight crews play in aviation safety.

U-M INFORMS Student Chapter and Wesley J. Marrero awarded at INFORMS Annual Meeting

At the recent INFORMS Annual Meeting, the U-M INFORMS student chapter and U-M IOE PhD student, Wesley J. Marrero, were recognized for their work in operations research and the management sciences.