Industrial and systems engineers, like other engineers, are problem solvers. They design, streamline and improve complex processes and systems for maximum efficiency, whether it be a hospital system, an airport, a manufacturing plant or a warehouse or a global supply chain or a distribution network. Managing the "human element" within these complex systems is a critical part of our discipline and leveraging information and analytics to drive system performance is unique to industrial engineering. Industrial and systems engineers are in high demand in nearly every sector of the economy, from manufacturing and service industries to healthcare, defense, and energy. 

At Wayne State's College of Engineering, you'll learn from nationally renowned faculty experts and benefit from our High Impact Practices of Student Success: team-based learning, global perspective, undergraduate research, internships and co-ops, and community service.



Meet the Chair


Kenneth Chelst

Director of the Wayne State Engineering Management Master's Program. Recipient of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) President's Award. Renowned author and expert on the impact of globalization on engineering and manufacturing management functions in addition to structured decision-making in engineering management.

Kenneth Chelst