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2006-2008 Undergraduate Catalog
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Professor Robert G. Batson, Interim Department Head
Office: 233 H. M. Comer Hall

Industrial engineering is about choices. Other engineering disciplines apply skills to very specific areas. Industrial engineering gives you the opportunity to work in lots of different kinds of businesses. The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the flexibility it offers.

The industrial engineering discipline looks for ways to integrate people, materials, information, equipment, and energy into financially efficient systems. Unlike other engineering fields, industrial engineering is concerned with people as system components. Because of its broader perspective, it is used in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, health care, banking, insurance, transportation, construction, utilities, and government. Industrial engineers can be involved in ergonomics/work design to improve the work environment; in developing mathematical and computer models to provide better information for managers; in planning facility layouts and material-handling systems; in using statistical and mathematical methods to improve service and product quality; in forecasting, scheduling, and managing production; and in investigating and evaluating investment alternatives. Many companies value the systems viewpoint of the profession, and industrial engineering graduates often move into management.

One of the first industrial engineering programs in the United States, the UA Department of Industrial Engineering offers training in the scientific principles that underlie the profession. The program provides a background in mathematics and the physical and social sciences, as well as specialized courses needed by today's industrial engineers.

Taking the Fundamentals of Engineering examination is a departmental requirement for graduation.

B.S.I.E. Program Educational Objectives

Graduates should demonstrate/possess the following:

Industrial Engineering Laboratories

Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS) Laboratory. The FMS laboratory houses specialized demonstrative machines and instruments for the teaching of modern manufacturing concepts. Through this lab facility, students are exposed to a wide variety of existing technologies such as machine vision systems, numeric and adaptive controllers, conveyors, and advanced programmable machine tools.

Virtual Manufacturing Laboratory. The virtual manufacturing laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art software packages that enable students to create virtual models of sophisticated manufacturing processes, dynamic facility layouts, and other complex engineering systems.

Robotics Laboratory. The robotics laboratory houses four mechanical arms used to introduce students to industrial robotics programming. In this laboratory, students also learn how to use robotics for materials handling operations.

Industrial Engineering Computer Laboratory. The IE computer laboratory provides a variety of personal computers, software, and other facilities to support the department's undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as graduate research. All workstations are fully networked to the departmental and college servers, the University's mainframe, and the Internet.

Work Design and Human Performance Laboratory. This laboratory is well equipped with precision instrumentation for measuring human strength, human physiological capacity, and the level of noise and lighting at a workplace. This laboratory is also equipped with instruments and software for work measurement, biomechanical analysis, and work design.

Systems Design Laboratory. Home of the IE Design Clinic, this lab provides seniors-only access to a special purpose lab in which senior IEs conduct two semester-long design projects with local industry or non-profits, applying what they have learned in previous courses to real design problems. The Systems Design Laboratory is equipped with reference materials, three personal computers, appropriate software, a DVD/VCR player, a laptop PC and a data projector.

Quality Engineering Laboratory. This laboratory is equipped with special purpose software for conducting quality planning and analysis, and is used primarily by graduate students.

Human/Computer Interaction Laboratory. This laboratory is used for experimentation and research in human information processing, and is used primarily by graduate students.

Graduate programs.

Graduate study in industrial engineering leading to the master of science in industrial engineering degree and the master of science in engineering degree is designed to appeal to those superior students who are highly analytically oriented. Graduate studies emphasize a broad range of problem-solving methodologies of a mathematical, statistical, behavioral, and computational nature. Thesis research may be concerned with the development of new methodology, the use of standard methodology, or a combination of these. Advanced work in industrial engineering is designed so that a graduate of any quantitative program or branch of engineering can, with limited prerequisite work, enter into advanced instruction in the various quantitative and analytical techniques. Please refer to the University of Alabama graduate catalog for details of the program.


Effective spring 2006

First SemesterHours
CH 101 General Chemistry I (N) 4
CS 114 Introduction to Computer Programming3
DR 100 Technical Sketching for Engineering1
EN 101 English Composition I (FC) 3
GES 131 Foundations of Engineering I2
MATH 125 Calculus I (MA)4
Second Semester
CH 102 General Chemistry II (N) or BSC 215 Human Biology 4
DR 133 2D AutoCAD for Engineers2
EN 102 English Composition II (FC) 3
MATH 126 Calculus II (MA) 4
PH 105 General Physics with Calculus I (N)4
First Semester
GES 255 Engineering Statistics I3
IE 203 Engineering Economics3
MATH 227 Calculus III (MA)4
PH 106 General Physics with Calculus II (N)4
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology (SB) 3
Second Semester
AEM 201 Statics3
EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics3
GES 257 Engineering Statistics II3
MTE 271 Engineering Materials: Structure and Properties3
MATH 238 Applied Differential Equations I3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective 3
First Semester
EC 111 Principles of Macreconomics (SB)3
IE 321 Manufacturing Systems (C)4
IE 417 Project Management 3
IE 363 Operations Research I3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective 3
Second Semester
IE 364 Operations Research II3
IE 460 Facilities Planning and Design (W) 3
IE 402 Work Design and Human Performance4
IE 467 Production Planning and Control3
Industrial engineering elective3
First Semester
AEM 250 Mechanics of Materials I or AEM 264 Dynamics
    or AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics
    or CE 262 Civil Engineering Materials
ECE 320 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering3
IE 425 Statistical Quality Control3
IE 463 Systems Design I (C, W) 3
IE 464 Information Systems Design (C) 3
Second Semester
IE 461 Systems Simulation (C) 3
IE 485 Systems Design II (C) 3
ME 215 Thermodynamics I3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
Industrial engineering elective (or AC 210 for 4 hours)3
Total: 131 hours

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