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Industrial engineering (IE) is about choices - it is the engineering discipline that offers the most wide-ranging array of opportunities in terms of employment, and it is distinguished by its flexibility. While other engineering disciplines tend to apply skills to very specific areas, Industrial Engineers may be found working everywhere: from traditional manufacturing companies to airlines, from distribution companies to financial institutions, from major medical establishments to consulting companies, from high-tech corporations to companies in the food industry.

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The BS in industrial engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org). To learn more about Industrial Engineering’s Undergraduate Program ABET Accreditation, click here

Our department is now the proud home of Pitt's Center for Industry Studies, which supports multidisciplinary research that links scholars to some of the most important and challenging problems faced by modern industry.


Industrial Engineering Faculty Positions

Industrial, Open Positions

The Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications in anticipation of two open tenure-track faculty positions at any rank. The Department of Industrial Engineering is home to 20 full-time faculty members with an outstanding reputation in a wide variety of research areas.  The department maintains vibrant programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels; offers excellent laboratory facilities; and benefits from many contacts with regional and national corporations. Additional information about the department can be found at www.ie.pitt.edu. We are seeking candidates in all areas of industrial engineering and operations research.  Applicants must have a strong methodological background and an interest in advancing cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research. For junior candidates, our primary search criterion is research potential. Senior candidates must have established an outstanding research record commensurate with rank. All candidates should have evidence of, or potential for, teaching excellence. Applicants should email a curriculum vitae, representative publications, and a list of at least three professional references to facultysearch2017@ie.pitt.edu. To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply before December 1, 2016; however, applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Lisa M. Maillart, PhD

Industrial Engineering's Ravi Shankar receives back-to-back NSF grants to study heat- and light-responsive polymers


PITTSBURGH (September 9, 2016) A University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University research team was awarded $750,000 in back-to-back grants from the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation to study how novel polymers can react to heat and light, creating the potential for self-powered robotic devices.  The first project supported by the Mechanics of Materials and Structures Program - “ Collaborative Research: Using Boundaries to Create and Control Pathways for Photomechanical Actuation” - will focus on using materials that change shape when exposed to light. In a class of polymers custom-designed at Pitt, light drives structural transformation to generate mechanical work via Photomechanical Actuation.  “Devices made of these materials can be operated remotely without the need of wiring, circuitry or mechanical contacts,” said Ravi Shankar, associate professor of industrial engineering at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering. “Currently, the mechanical force generated by these materials is small and the shape change is difficult to control. We will work to develop new mechanisms to generate fast response times and significant amount of force. Potential applications are diverse and may include light-operated microsurgical tools, display technologies integrated with touch feedback and robotics that harness light for manipulation.” Shankar will lead the experimental work in collaboration with Kaushik Dayal, professor of civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, who will develop the theoretical models. This team will also work on the second project - “ GOALI/Collaborative Research: Autonomous Thermomechanical Fabrication of 3D Structures using Heat-Responsive Polymers” - which will focus on self-assembly of complex structures in a hands-free manner. “Traditionally, additive, subtractive or forming processes are used to create macroscopic geometries in polymers. Here, we embed a design at the molecular level and then exposing the material to heat spontaneously generates the desired geometry. No other physical intervention is needed to manufacture the shapes, including fairly complex ones,” said Shankar. Like light, heat is another non-contact stimulus that offers applications to many technological fields. The Grant Opportunity for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) award is supported by the Manufacturing Machines and Equipment program and will involve partnership with PPG Industries. The team at Pitt will develop new polymers and molecular patterning tools and collaborate with CMU to develop a new framework for self-assembly of active structures at macroscopic scales. ### Image above: A light-operated microrobot that translates by leaping when irradiated with light. The ability to exploit mechanical instabilities in light responsive polymers can enable such devices.
Author: Matt Cichowicz, Communications Writer

IE's Mary Besterfield-Sacre captures Women in Engineering award


DENVER (June 22, 2016) Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), has announced its 2016 Award Winners, presented at the WEPAN 2016 Change Leader Forum in Broomfield, CO. Mary Besterfield-Sacre, the Fulton C. Noss Faculty Fellow of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Engineering Education Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, received the WEPAN Betty Vetter Research Award. Dr.  Besterfield-Sacre was recognized for research which has made a significant contribution to an understanding of issues related to women in engineering. The prestigious annual WEPAN Awards honor key individuals, programs, and corporations. WEPAN’s recognition is based on extraordinary service, significant achievement, and model programs that are aligned with WEPAN's purpose to be a catalyst for transforming culture in engineering education and the workforce to promote the inclusion and success of diverse communities of women. About the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) WEPAN is a network of thought- and change-leaders from institutions, organizations and agencies that uses research-based knowledge and strategies to create an sustain inclusive, equitable cultures in engineering and works to develop a richly diverse and innovative engineering workforce. WEPAN’s network connects over 1,000 leaders from nearly 200 universities, colleges, community colleges, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and non-profit organizations working to increase participation, retention and success of women and other underrepresented groups in engineering from engineering college through executive and academic leadership roles. WEPAN’s campus-based members guide the college and career preparation of 60% of women engineering students. Although women make up 48% of engineering-ready high school graduates in the U.S., the percentage of engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to women in 2013 was 19.1%. The percentage of women BSE recipients has remained at or below 20% for more than ten years. Biological and agricultural sciences and veterinary medicine graduate equal numbers of women and men. Women made up 14.5% of the engineering faculty in 2013, representing steady, but inadequate growth over the last decade. WEPAN’s 2016 Change Leader Forum: Four Frames for the Future, the organization’s flagship event, included opportunities for ideas, training, research and best practices—all focused on building cultures that advance full inclusion of women and underrepresented groups in engineering. This important conference for learning and engaging new and expert women in engineering advocates in dialogue was held June 14-16, 2016 in Broomfield, CO. ###
Author: C. Diane Matt, CAE, WEPAN Executive Director and CEO

IE's Paul Leu recognized by IISE with 2016 UPS Award for Minority Advancement

Industrial, Diversity

PITTSBURGH (May 25, 2016) ... Paul W. Leu, PhD, assistant professor of industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, is the recipient of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers' (IISE) UPS Award for Minority Advancement in Industrial Engineering. The UPS award recognizes individuals who, through innovative means, have developed programs or projects directed to the advancement of women, minorities or the disabled in the field of industrial engineering. Since joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, Dr. Leu has worked successfully with the Pitt Engineering Office of Diversity supervising INVESTING NOW engineering workshops every summer. INVESTING NOW is a college preparatory program created to stimulate, support, and recognize the academic performance of pre-college students from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Dr. Leu and his research group have managed INVESTING NOW workshops for over ten weeks and with more than 200 high school juniors and seniors for the last six years. Dr. Leu and his research group have also worked with the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation in developing various modules that cover topics such as engineering, renewable energy, water sustainability, solar energy, and sustainable design. The modules emphasize hands-on learning where the high school students build their own water filters, solder their own circuit board, and design and build cars to race against one another. One of the students expressed, “This is the most fun I’ve had doing engineering!” Albums of all the Dr. Leu’s outreach activities may be found online at https://picasaweb.google.com/107438219012317363873. About Dr. Leu Dr. Paul W. Leu has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh since August 2010. His research group’s areas of expertise include solar cells, nanomanufacturing, and simulation-based design. He is a recipient of the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and the 2012 Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. He has won an NSF Nanotechnology for Undergraduate Education grant and a University of Pittsburgh Academic Council of Instructional Excellence (ACIE) Innovation in Education Award. He received his BS in mechanical engineering at Rice University and his master of science in mechanics of materials and PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He subsequently worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the U.C. Berkeley Electrical Engineering Department as a member of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center and with a joint-appointment in the Materials Division Center of Lawrence Berkeley. Dr. Leu and his research group will be working with the Pitt Mobile Science Lab this summer to outreach to various schools in western Pennsylvania.  The Mobile Science Lab is also booked for various community events and attends tailgate parties for all Pitt home football games. For more information about Dr. Leu’s research visit lamp.pitt.edu. About IISEIISE (formerly the Institute of Industrial Engineers), the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the profession, is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial and systems engineering. Press PDF ###


Sichuan University - Pittsburgh Institute

All SSoE News, Industrial, Open Positions

Faculty Positions: Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Supporting Areas of All Levels University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Sichuan University (SCU) have embarked on a new partnership in education and research. The Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute (SPI), located in Chengdu, China, is one of the institute-scale, collaborative entities between leading universities in the U.S. and China, such as the joint institutes of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Carnegie Mellon University-Sun Yat Sen University. SPI stands out for its technical focus on advanced and sustainable manufacturing. On the educational front, SPI will initiate three undergraduate majors in Industrial Engineering (IE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), with enrollment around 100 students and 10 faculty members in fall 2015. Within 7 years' time, enrollment will grow to reach a steady state of 1600 students with approximately 80 faculty members. All courses will be taught in English. SPI will have its new building to be constructed on Sichuan University's international campus in Chengdu, Sichuan. The building will house state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and provide students with active and innovative learning experience. Seated on the fertile plain known as the "Country of Heaven" with a population of 14 million, Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan province and the epicenter of China's great western region. Rated as one of the most livable cities in China, Chengdu is a city rooted in history but growing into the future. It is home to many highly competitive industries such as software, new energy, and electronics. Chengdu can be easily reached by non-stop flights from major cities worldwide, including a newly launched United flight from San Francisco. SPI invites applications for positions at all levels within the three undergraduate degree majors, i.e. IE, ME and MSE, as well as supporting faculty for freshman curriculum. Freshman curriculum is comprehensive, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, humanities, and English language. Candidates should demonstrate both teaching and research skills, with a completed PhD in a relevant field. Qualified applicants might be considered for administrative positions, such as Associate, Assistant Deans and Chairmen. Terms of employment will be comparable to those at a U.S. institution. Salary scale and start-up package will be competitive, and SPI faculty will have opportunities to interact and establish collaboration with colleagues at Pitt and SCU's partnering universities around the world. Faculty promotion and tenure system will be similar to that of the U.S. system, emphasizing balanced performance in teaching, research and service. Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, and at least three references to Chairman of the spi-search@engr.pitt.edu , at: spi-search@engr.pitt.edu.

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