PhD in Industrial Engineering

The ISE PhD degree program prepares students to be scholars and leaders in academic, research or industry settings. Our students work with internationally recognized faculty in areas of operations research, human factors/ergonomics, production systems and manufacturing, and machine learning and artificial intelligence. The program combines rigorous coursework with supervised research experiences culminating in a significant, independent research project (the PhD dissertation). By the end of the degree program, students have become independent scholars, presenting and publishing their work in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.

Concentrations Offered

Students pursuing a PhD in Industrial Engineering can choose to concentrate their studies in one of following the areas: 

General PhD Degree Requirements

Significant PhD milestones include completion of a qualifying ("B") exam, formation of an advisory committee, completion of an advanced research ("A") exam, completion and defense of a dissertation proposal, and final dissertation defense.

Department degree requirements (which are in addition to the degree requirements specified by the UB Graduate School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Graduate Student Policies) are as follows: