The major undergraduate program offered by the Department is B.S. in Industrial Engineering. The program aims to develop the knowledge and skills with which organizational problems can be effectively addressed. Of particular interest are questions of design, planning, installation, improvement, operation and control of purposeful systems incorporating people and scarce resources. The outlook needed for this type of inquiry draws upon specialized knowledge in mathematics, the natural and social sciences, as well as engineering analysis and design.
The program aims at educating students who depend on critical reason and systems thinking to effectively apply qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry in general, and statistical analysis and mathematical modeling in particular, to real-life problem solving and system design. (We understand systems thinking at the very least, as realizing that organized human activity takes place in systems of purposeful individuals and scarce resources, and that such systems do not have fixed boundaries.)
The curriculum is regularly updated taking note of scientific advances and requirements of the Turkish industry. In general, the program is designed to provide broad based training for the purpose of achieving effectiveness and efficiency in manufacturing and service systems.
METU Industrial Engineering Department encourages its students to develop themselves in using computers and information technology tools and in occupational interests.
The enrollment and graduation figures for the program are as follows:
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Program Educational Objectives
1. Graduates of the METU IE program have successful careers in industrial engineering practice and research in a broad range of organizations.
2. Taking a systems approach and using scientific inquiry, they provide leadership and actively participate in problem solving and system design in these organizations.
METU IE program prepares the students to attain the following knowledge, skills, and abilities at the time of graduation.
a. The students will be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
b. The students will be able to design and conduct scientific experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
c. The students will be able to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
d. The students will be able to work in cooperation with others and facilitate teamwork.
e. The students will be able to identify and formulate industrial engineering problems; they will be able to generate creative and meaningful solution alternatives for these problems.
f. The students will observe professional responsibility and ethical conduct.
g. The students will be able to effectively communicate.
h. The students will understand the role and impact of industrial engineering within a wider societal and global context.
i. The students will recognize the need for lifelong learning and will be able to engage in it.
j. The students will have an awareness of contemporary issues such as globalization, environmental impact and conflicting interests in society.
k. The students will be able to make effective use of scientific methods and tools (such as mathematical models, statistical methods and techniques) necessary for industrial engineering practice.
l. The students will be able to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and energy.
m. The students will be able to apply critical reason and systems thinking in problem solving and systems design.
n. The students will be able to take initiative in their professional lives.