What is a PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering?

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Industrial and Systems Engineering focus on the development, enhancement, and implementation of complex systems. These integrated systems rely on resources like materials, energy, professional equipment, and human workforce. Both Industrial and Systems Engineering use principles from other areas, like Physics, Mathematics, Social Science, Economics, and Management.

Although they overlap, each discipline trains different types of professionals. Industrial engineers focus on creating a more efficient manufacturing process; in other words, they look for ways to better utilise systems, tools, and schedules. Systems engineers, on the other hand, are more concerned with the mechanical systems themselves. They work with other experts like engineers, programmers, administrators to determine how to improve complex machinery and infrastructure.

Here’s what classes you can expect to take: Physics, Materials Science, Calculus, Production and Inventory Control, Quality Systems, Facilities Planning and Design, Systems Design, Engineering Research Methods, etc.

Universities and engineering schools generally offer either individual Industrial Engineering or Systems Engineering degrees or combined programmes such as Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Career positions in industrial and systems engineering include system analyst, operations engineering, risk adviser, manufacturing supervisor, corporate value consultant, process integration specialist or head of operations.

Due to the versatility of the industrial engineering field, graduates can practice in various industries such as manufacturing, supply chain optimisation, logistics and transportation, information or communication systems, or construction. Industrial engineers work in diverse sectors handling the divisions of production, quality control, warehousing, maintenance, cost planning, purchasing and even human resources or marketing.

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Best Universities for Industrial & Systems Engineering on PhDPortal

Universities Location Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, United States 1
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Urbana, United States 2
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, United States 3
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, United States 4
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, United States 5
Imperial College London London, United Kingdom 6
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Switzerland 7
Harbin Institute of Technology Harbin, China 8
Stanford University Stanford, United States 9
The University of Newcastle, Australia Newcastle, Australia 10
California Institute of Technology - Caltech Pasadena, United States 11
KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden 12
University of Toronto Toronto, Canada 13
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia 14
Australian National University Canberra, Australia 15
Harvard University Cambridge, United States 16
Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore 17
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States 18
University of California, San Diego San Diego, United States 19
Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China 20
University of Southern California Los Angeles, United States 21
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis, United States 22
Sapienza University of Rome Roma, Italy 23
City University of Hong Kong Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 24
The University of Tokyo Tokyo, Japan 25
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai, China 26
Tsinghua University Beijing, China 27
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, United States 28
University of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands 29
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles, United States 30
Université Grenoble Alpes Grenoble, France 31
National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore 32
Southeast University Nanjing, China 33
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) Eindhoven, Netherlands 34
Beihang University Beijing, China 35
Politecnico di Torino Turin, Italy 36
University of Maryland College Park, United States 37
Northeastern University China Shenyang, China 38
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, United States 39
The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 40
King Abdulaziz University Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 41
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Delft, Netherlands 42
University of Adelaide Adelaide, Australia 43
Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan, China 45
The University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom 46
Brunel University London London Borough of Harrow, United Kingdom 47
Beijing Institute of Technology Beijing, China 48
University of Lorraine Nancy, France 49
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Haifa, Israel 50
Aalborg University Aalborg, Denmark 51
Grenoble INP, Graduate schools of Engineering and Management Université Grenoble Alpes Grenoble, France 51
Kyoto University Kyoto, Japan 51
Michigan State University East Lansing, United States 51
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Nanjing, China 51
Nanjing University of Science and Technology Nanjing, China 51
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim, Norway 51
Peking University Beijing, China 51
Politecnico di Milano Milano, Italy 51
Polytechnic University of Catalonia Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain 51
Saint-Petersburg State University Saint Petersburg, Russia 51
Shandong University Jinan, China 51
Technical University of Munich München, Germany 51
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 51
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia 51
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, United States 51
University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada 51
University of Duisburg-Essen Essen, Germany 51
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Chengdu, China 51
University of Glamorgan Pontypridd, United Kingdom 51
University of Padua Padua, Italy 51
University of Science and Technology of China Hefei, China 51
University of Stuttgart Stuttgart, Germany 51
University of Washington Seattle, United States 51
University of Waterloo Waterloo, Canada 51
Concordia University Montréal Montreal West, Canada 76
Donghua University Shanghai, China 76
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Mumbai, India 76
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Daejeon, South Korea 76
KU Leuven Leuven, Belgium 76
Sorbonne University Paris, France 76
Purdue University West Lafayette, United States 76
Toronto Metropolitan University Toronto, Canada 76
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 76
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 76
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 76
The Ohio State University Columbus, United States 76
Tongji University Shanghai, China 76
Federico Santa María Technical University Valparaíso, Chile 76
University of Agder Kristiansand, Norway 76
University of Bologna Bologna, Italy 76
University of Coimbra Coimbra, Portugal 76
University of Lisbon Lisbon, Portugal 76
University of Macau Macao, Macao (SAR) 76
Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich München, Germany 76
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom 76
University of Seville Sevilla, Spain 76
University of Sydney Sydney, Australia 76
Xidian University Xi'an, China 76
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