When does the program begin?
The new program was approved by the Faculty Senate and begins in 2019 as a 31-credit-hour, three-semester, non-thesis degree, starting in the fall semester and finishing the following December.
Who will do the teaching?
The program will draw faculty from the departments of mechanical engineering and statistics. We are delighted that Eylem Tekin, a lecturer in engineering, will be overseeing much of the program and teaching courses in supply-chain management. She is an expert in that field and in factory physics, and an incredible teacher.
What can you tell us about the curriculum?
All of the classes are at the 500-level or above, and will include decision models, manufacturing processes and systems, stochastic models and simulation, and IE as applied to health care and energy. All of the classes will be small.
What are your long-term hopes for the IE program?
Rice has always had expertise in various aspects of industrial engineering, but until now no educational offerings per se. Students will find Houston an ideal location to study industrial engineering. It is America’s energy capital, has more manufacturing jobs than any city in the country, and the world’s largest medical center is literally across the street.
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