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Industrial and Systems engineers generally end up in a variety of industries. We seek partners in our efforts to prepare students for careers in these industries. There are a number of ways in which to partner with the department, from participating in formal recruiting sessions to sponsoring programs and projects, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level. The benefits of partnering are enormous – from name recognition and student access to exposure to cutting-edge technologies. Contact Interim Chair Lily Elefteriadou to discuss options, many of which are listed in the menu to the right.

Potential projects:

Outreach Engineering Management

The University of Florida offers an engineering management master’s degree program in an outreach format for full-time working professionals. The outreach engineering management master’s degree program (OEM) is a joint endeavor between the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the MBA Program. OEM students earn an MS degree in industrial and systems engineering (Engineering Management track). For many students, this is a solution to the problem of whether to get a technical master’s degree or an MBA, and a concurrent degree option is available for students who want both degrees.

Senior Design Projects

The Senior Design Project culminates the student’s educational experience at the University of Florida. Teams of 3-5 ISE seniors solve a problem defined by the client (company sponsor) over a 15-week semester. The project is offered each semester, as students graduate throughout the year.

Since the Summer of 2008, each project has been sponsored by a company or non-profit entity. The instructor is responsible, with the sponsor, for setting the expectations and scope of the project, while the sponsor is responsible for providing the necessary resources and data to complete the project.

IPPD Projects

Multi-disciplinary teams of 4-7 seniors from across the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering solve a problem defined by the client over a 30-week academic year. The first semester deals with the product or process design while the second semester is concerned with prototype development. Deliverables include the actual design and prototype. The company retains all intellectual property.

Graduate Research Projects

As most problems facing industrial and systems engineers are grounded in industries such as supply chain management, risk management, production and inventory control and data analysis, it is only natural that industry and academia partner on research projects. In these collaborations, complicated problems are defined that can only be approached with advanced techniques and resources. Doctoral candidates and faculty collaborate on analyses, recommendations, models, tools and decision-support systems for cutting-edge problems, as directed by our industry partners. Contract costs generally support student stipend, tuition, equipment and faculty time.

Sales Engineering Program

Engineering students pursuing a minor in sales engineering take courses in economics, marketing, strategic selling and a sales engineering seminar. Seminar speakers come from industry, and spend one hour discussing a topic of academic interest. A second hour is available to discuss sales engineering career opportunities with the sponsor. Interviews can also be arranged. Donations cover food and beverage costs of the seminar, access to students, online resumes and interviewing logistics.

Contact Information:

Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D.
Interim Chair for Industrial and Systems Engineering
Professor of Civil Engineering
University of Florida

(352) 294-7700 | elefte@ce.ufl.edu

303 Weil Hall
PO Box 116595
Gainesville, FL 32611-6595

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