The following comes directly from the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering website.

Whether you’re looking at the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) for your undergraduate or graduate degree, you’ve come to the right place. One of the top 12 programs in the country, according to the annual U.S. News and World Report survey. One with a solid standing in the industrial engineering community and a stellar reputation in the academic world.

Our high ranking is the result of many factors.

  1. Our faculty. Among them are several who are members of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers and have been recognized as Alumni Distinguished Professors, several who are recipients of national and international awards for excellence in teaching, research and public service, and one who’s a member of the National Academy of Engineers. And no other ISE department in the world has more faculty members who are Fellows of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).
  2. Our Curriculum. We cover virtually every aspect of the ISE discipline – production systems design and control, manufacturing automation and quality control, simulation analysis and optimization, work design, human factors and ergonomics, and economic analysis – and we are currently expanding into Health Systems Engineering, Logistics Systems Engineering and Bioproduction Systems Engineering. For you, this means that your degree thoroughly prepares you for employment as an industrial or systems engineer in traditional industries, service, consulting and/or government organizations, or for advanced study at leading graduate schools in engineering, business, management or other fields.
  3. Our Research. The NC State College of Engineering ranks sixth in the U.S. in industry-sponsored research; research funding for 2011-12 totaled $154 million for the college. Our research workgroups and centers include biomedical research, manufacturing research, ergonomics research, and operations research. Our research campus of the future is Centennial Campus, and it is unlike any other campus or research park in the U.S. It’s a research and advanced technology community where university, industry and government partners interact in multidisciplinary programs directed toward the solution of contemporary problems.
  4. Our Facilities. State-of-the-art computer aided design technologies for custom medical implants, prosthetic devices and medical instruments. Outstanding manufacturing and research facilities in the Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center and the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina. The country’s first Electron Beam Melting machine for rapid prototyping. Need we say more?
  5. Our Students. They are, quite simply, some of the best. Nearly 100 graduate students and about 200 undergrads who are already distinguishing themselves: more than 60 percent have held co-op or internship positions with major manufacturing companies and over 25 percent of our graduates earn honors distinction.

We’re proud to be able to make these claims and to offer these advantages to you and other future ISE students.