Industrial & Systems and Engineering Management


Industrial & Systems Engineering is a branch of engineering dealing with the optimization of complex processes or systems. It is concerned with the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, materials, analysis and synthesis, as well as the mathematical, physical and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems or processes. Its underlying concepts overlap considerably with certain business-oriented disciplines such as operations management.

Depending on the subspecialties involved, industrial engineering may also be known as, or overlap with, operations management, management science, operations research, systems engineering, management engineering, manufacturing engineering, ergonomics orhuman factors engineering, safety engineering, or others, depending on the viewpoint or motives of the user. For example, in health care, the engineers known as health management engineers or health systems engineers are, in essence, industrial engineers by another name.

Our Mission

To provide integrated, applications-oriented education and research programs in the areas of industrial engineering, systems engineering, and engineering management to support the needs of students and organizations in the Huntsville area and beyond.


Paul Collopy,
Professor and Department Chair

Dept of Industrial & Systems Engineering & Engineering Mgmt

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Technology Hall
Office N143
Huntsville, AL. 35899

Phone: (256) 824-6256

Fax: (256) 824-6733