The Department of Industrial Engineering is part of the Engineering
Faculty of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. It was established
in 1954, that was the beginning of the five-years program toward a BSIE
offered by the department. In 1982-83 the graduate program was established
with a Master in Engineering (ME). Currently, the program offers three
options: Management Systems, Quality Control, and Manufacturing Systems.
During the academic year 1996-1997 the University approved the graduate
program of Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with options
of thesis and no thesis. The new Masters options are available since
the Fall of 1998.
The Department's faculty is very active and gets involved internationally.
Efforts for collaboration with Universities in South and Central America
have been successful. These include the University of Lima in Perú
and ITESM in Mexico. The "21st International Conference on Computers
and Industrial Engineering" (1997) and the "Group Technology/Cellular
Manufacturing Symposium" (2000) were both international conferences
hosted by the Department.
The main purpose of the Industrial Engineering program at UPRM is to
prepare professionals for the practice of Industrial Engineering in
Puerto Rico and elsewhere. Graduates from the Industrial Engineering
program at the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico
are instrumental in the planning, designing, implementing and evaluating
products, services, on systems that integrate people, materials, equipment,
and information for the progress and improvement of the quality of life
of humankind. They insure that these products, services, or systems
can be provided economically with the required level of quality necessary
for satisfying societys needs. The Industrial Engineer draws upon
knowledge and skills in mathematics and the physical, social, physiological
and computer sciences together with principles and methods of engineering
analysis and design.
- To accomplish our goal and enable our graduates to perform as Industrial
Engineers they will be able to: apply the concepts and techniques
relevant to the analysis and solution of challenges in the field of
- possess and adequately utilize the fundamental knowledge in the
technological and Sociohumanistic aspects of the profession.
- maintain an attitude of service to society and to the ethical practice
of the profession.
- maintain professional competency throughout their careers.
- be competent in the use of computers, information systems, and
telecommunications relevant to the profession.
- work as part of a team in the solution of engineering challenges.
- communicate adequately to present the results of professional work
- become leaders within the field.
Graduates from this program are equipped to work in manufacturing,
service and governmental organizations. Examples of present and potential
employers of our graduates include:
- pharmaceuticals, textiles, food processing, electronics, clothing
and shoes, health and hospital related products.
- banks, hospitals, supermarket chains, furniture chains, communications,
managerial consultants, system developers, public utilities, and cooperatives.
- government agencies.
This program is fully accredited by ABET, the Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology.