industrial engineering


Definition of industrial engineering

: engineering that deals with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems (as of people, materials, and energy) in industry

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industrial engineer noun

Examples of industrial engineering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her accomplishments in psychology, engineering and organizational management were so vast she is considered one of the founders of industrial engineering. Nina Ansary, Time, 6 May 2021 The new jobs include roles in operations management, warehouse supervising, robotics maintenance, and industrial engineering. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Mar. 2021 The factory workforce has a larger than typical design and industrial engineering team, and overall, 40 to 50% of the factory operations are automated. Brooke Roberts-islam, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 Their remarkable misapprehension measures the gulf between Renaissance humanist engineering and the industrial engineering of the mid- to late nineteenth century. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2021 In a more common scenario, fast-food and retail companies could combine spatial computing with standard industrial engineering techniques (such as time-motion analyses) to enhance the efficient flow of work. Corinna E. Lathan, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2020 That earned the top honor from a judging panel that included experts in the fields of forensic science, postal operations, drug interdiction, industrial engineering and artificial intelligence. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 30 Oct. 2020 Zachry Group took over industrial projects in the power and petrochemical sectors, industrial engineering and maintenance. Patrick Danner,, 24 Aug. 2020 David Johnson, an assistant professor of political science and industrial engineering at Purdue University, said this is part of the reason why updating floodplain maps can fall a few years — or decades — behind schedule. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of industrial engineering

1911, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Industrial engineering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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