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Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Programs

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Human Factors Engineering         Human Factors Brochure

Human Factors Engineering, also known as Ergonomics, can be briefly defined as the science of fitting the environment or a task to the human. It is an interdisciplinary field with roots in engineering, psychology, and physiology. The design of most tools, machines and computer systems today include some Human Factors or Ergonomic considerations. The Human Factors/Ergonomics program within the Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Program at the Ohio State University is divided into the two general areas of cognitive engineering and biomechanics. Cognitive engineering is concerned with applications of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology to the design of person-machine systems. Biomechanics, on the other hand, focuses upon the physical aspects of the human-environment interaction.

Learn more about the ISE master's level training program in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.


Manufacturing Engineering         Manufacturing Brochure

The strength of any industrialized nation hinges on its capability to efficiently and cost effectively manufacture goods. It is the task of the manufacturing engineer to develop and apply the engineering science required for the efficient design and implementation of the manufacturing processes and systems critical to global competitiveness. Manufacturing Engineering is truly a multidisciplinary subject. Its science base is provided by the fields of metallurgy, physics, chemistry, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and economics to name but a few. Graduate study in manufacturing engineering at The Ohio State University provides an excellent opportunity for students seeking advanced degrees to experience a truly multidisciplinary program.


Operations Research                 Operations Research Brochure

Operations research is the art of mathematical modeling and analysis to design, evaluate, or improve the operations of a real-world system. The first step, modeling, involves identifying the most important characteristics of the system and representing them abstractly using the language of mathematics. The tools of mathematics and computers are used to perform the second step, analysis of the mathematical model. The Institute of Industrial Engineers describes industrial engineers as engineers who design, improve, and install systems of people, material, information, equipment and energy. Operations research is a part of industrial engineering because the industrial engineer needs the tools of operations research to specify, evaluate, and predict performance of a system, particularly when the system does not yet exist. In studying operations research one acquires modeling skills and tools of analysis that apply to many different problems of many different systems. The graduate program in operations research has five focus areas: applied statistics, optimization, stochastic modeling, production systems, and engineering management.

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