Established in 1909 as the first industrial engineering department in the world, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State has made a name for itself in the engineering industry through its storied tradition of unparalleled excellence and innovation in research, education, and outreach. The department has earned its reputation as one of the top industrial engineering programs in the country thanks to a diverse faculty, exceptional students, ever-evolving curricula, world-class facilities, and extensive research and outreach efforts that are aimed at improving the design, production, and delivery of products and services. Industrial engineering students at Penn State emerge as the next generation of leaders in industry, research, academia, and beyond.
The Penn State industrial engineering undergraduate program is ranked #7 best in the United States (U.S. News and World Report, 2015 edition).
The graduate program is ranked #10 best in the United States (U.S. News and World Report, 2016 edition).
Penn State is ranked #25 best engineering school in the United States (U.S. News and World Report, 2016 edition).
Wall Street Journal ranked Penn State as #1 for recruiting top students (Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2010).
Our IEs Go Further
In the past five years, approximately 15% of our undergraduate students have participated in global engagement and study abroad programs.
- Our students have advanced their research and professional development through work in many countries including Australia, Spain, France, and India.