Notable Industrial Engineers

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    Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972) spent her life advocating the application of psychology, and helped shape the development of applied psychology in the early 20th century. Only recently, scholars have begun to understand and recognize Gilbreth's contributions (see Kelly & Kelly, 1990; Koppes, 1997; Perloff & Naman 1996). Gilbreth took her first psychology course with the young psychologist, George Stratton, Ph.D., at the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in English. Read More
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What is Industrial Engineering

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What makes industrial engineering such a broad field is that its goal is to optimize processes and systems by finding ways to save time, money, energy, and materials across a range of industries. This is done by leading the implementation of business strategies, such as 5S, Lean, Supply Chain Management, and Six Sigma.

It is often said that the goal of industrial engineering is to take what other engineers have done and make it better. Industrial engineers can be found in almost every industry: manufacturing, logistics,

entertainment, hospitality, service, healthcare, energy, and aerospace, to name a few. Within each of these industries, industrial engineers may find themselves working on a variety of projects, such as:

  • Making wait times shorter for rides at Walt Disney World to increase guest satisfaction
  • Optimizing the nursing staff levels at a hospital to improve patient care
  • Streamlining the manufacturing processes of automobiles at Ford to make cars more affordable
  • Simplifying a supply chain for UPS so deliveries can be made more expediently
  • Leading a team of engineers to design new equipment for NASA
  • Improving the quality of your favorite candy bar at Hershey to increase customer satisfaction
  • Performing energy audits to enable more companies to go green to save money – and our planet
  • Consulting and training people to use the latest technology to improve operations
  • Designing safer and more ergonomic ways to work on the factory floor at a manufacturing plant
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