Areas and Programs

Students can earn graduate degrees—a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Science (MS)—in Industrial Engineering, as well as a Master of Engineering with a concentration in Data and Information Fusion or Production Management. An Advanced Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing, and non-degree programs in Occupational Health and Six Sigma are also available. Students completing MS degrees with a thesis option or pursuing their PhD can focus their research in areas of Operations Research, Human Factors, and Production/Manufacturing Systems. 

Details about the different student research areas and academic programs are provided in the subsections below.

This Master of Engineering (ME) degree program provides graduate study for any engineer who desires to enhance their technical competence to more effectively take leadership roles within an organization. Graduates of the program are able to apply best practices and engineering approaches to make strategic decisions and shape policies about personnel, finance and operations.
The Industrial Engineering graduate specialization is a course-based MS perfect for students who wish to deepen their general ISE knowledge apply it to an industrial setting.
Human factors and ergonomics applies industrial engineering, physiology, psychology, and computer science to the design of working and living environments with explicit consideration of the physical and mental characteristics of users.
Operations research is the application of scientific and especially mathematical methods to the study and analysis of problems involving complex systems.
In production systems engineering, challenges in manufacturing service and healthcare systems are tackled through the application of the engineering sciences.
Multisource Data and Information systems seek to combine information from multiple sources and sensors in a wide variety of applications in order to achieve analysis and decision-supporting inferences that cannot be achieved with a single sensor or source.
MS students specializing in Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics are eligible to participate in the program. Benefits of the training include a multidisciplinary learning experience, project experiences at local industrial worksites, networking with occupational safety and health professionals, and continuing education certification courses at the Atlantic OSHA Training Center.
Qualified candidates complete a single, two-semester Six Sigma Black Belt project at a host company, committing approximately 12 to 16 hours per week to working on projects mostly onsite. Candidates are paired with Six Sigma Black Belt certified mentors through a partnership with UB's Center for Industrial Effectiveness.
Students in the Advanced Manufacturing certificate program take courses with graduate faculty members in Industrial and Systems Engineering or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and have access to state-of-the-art facilities and interaction with UB’s Community of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART).