Harold and Inge Marcus Department of

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


About Us

Welcome to the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering!

Harriet B. Nembhard

Industrial engineering is at the forefront of advances in manufacturing and service systems. From its establishment as the first industrial engineering department in the nation in 1909, the Marcus Department has continued to expand and is recognized today as an international leader in education, research and outreach.

Please take the time to browse through our web site and learn more about our department. If you have questions or would like to visit, please send me an email hbnembhard@psu.edu or call 814-865-7601 to set up an appointment.

Harriet B. Nembhard, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Department Head

The Marcus Department Facts and Figures

Enrollment, Fall 2014

  • Bachelor of Science in IE: 423
  • Master's students in IE: 107
  • PhD students in IE: 70

>> Located in the Leonhard Building, the Marcus Department houses some of the most state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities in the country. We strive to be student-centered and dedicated to offering the best learning environment possible to ensure that students are equipped with the analytical and organizational skills necessary to succeed in today's global economy.

Degrees Conferred, 2013-2014

  • Bachelor of Science in IE: 193
  • Master's students in IE: 46
  • PhD students in IE: 12

>> Over the last 105 years, more than 7,500 industrial engineers have received degrees from Penn State and many are now world-class leaders in their field.

Faculty, 2014-2015

  • 12 full professors, including 2 chaired professors
  • 6 associate professors
  • 5 assistant professors, including 1 NSF CAREER recipient
  • 3 instructor/lecturers

>> With a renowned group of diverse faculty, we focus on addressing today's most pressing issues through innovative research and collaborative study. Our faculty is committed to providing the highest standards of academic excellence.

Quality Indicators

The Penn State industrial engineering undergraduate program is ranked #7 best in the United States (U.S. News and World Report, 2015 edition).

The Penn State industrial engineering 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 Spain, France, and India.

The median starting salary of Penn State BS IE graduates was $62,100 in 2014.

>> Here are just a few of the companies where you'll find our recent graduates:
Accenture, Caterpillar, Cummings Power, Disney, ExxonMobil, Herren Associates, Hershey, Intel, John Deere, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lockheed, Michelin, and Wal-Mart