Production Systems

Degree Concentration for MS, Industrial Engineering

In production systems engineering, challenges in manufacturing service and health care systems are tackled through the application of the engineering sciences: e.g., analytic  models, information and knowledge-based methods, operations research expertise, and advanced computer technology. 

robotic arm on a production line in a car manufacturing facility.

Our focus is on integrated systems in which people and technology work. MS students can conduct research in a variety of production systems areas:

  • Production Planning and Scheduling
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Engineering Design
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • 3-D Printing
  • Cyber Manufacturing
  • Nanomanufacturing and Biomanufacturing
  • Healthcare Systems and Global Health and Equity 
  • Lean Six Sigma 

Students in this area typically have a bachelor's degree in industrial or mechanical engineering, or another engineering field. 

Production Systems research is funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation  and the Agency for Healthcare Research, as well as national and local corporations like Catholic Health Systems, Boeing, GE Technologies and the Erie County Medical Center. We often work in teams with faculty and students from other programs, such as Human Factors and Operations Research, to solve problems beyond the expertise of any single discipline. 

We have an active student body, with chapters of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Society for Quality (ASQ), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). 

Students who have conducted production systems take positions in academic institutions, federal laboratories, national corporations, and service industries. 

Students with an interest in production systems may also be interested in the following opportunities: