industrial engineering


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

Examples of industrial engineering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After receiving his degree in industrial engineering, Vincent decided not to work in the field. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Even within the field of engineering, not all degrees are equal; Those with more specialist engineering qualifications, like aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, and industrial engineering, end up earning slightly more than generalists. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2024 Norgren, a global industrial engineering firm, is closing down its Littleton manufacturing operations facility at 5400 South Delaware St. resulting in the permanent loss of 60 jobs in the state. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, 1 Feb. 2024 When there is even a hint of a shortage, large health systems also often preemptively place large orders, further straining the system, said Dr. Emily Tucker, a drug shortage expert and an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Clemson University. Jen Christensen, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 Among them was Muench, who was studying industrial engineering. Heidi Blake, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 Gretchen Macht, a professor of industrial engineering at the University of Rhode Island, talked to KidsPost about why that is. Christina Barron, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2022 Prior to her death, Karmakar worked in research at the SAS Institute and earned master's and doctorate degrees in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University, WRAL reports. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 28 Apr. 2023 Speakers included Ken Goldberg, professor of industrial engineering and operations research, University of California, Berkeley, and Sydney Skybetter, deputy dean of the College for Curriculum and Co-Curriculum and senior lecturer in theater arts and performance studies, Brown University. IEEE Spectrum, 9 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of industrial engineering was in 1911

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“Industrial engineering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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industrial engineering

: engineering that deals with the design, improvement, and installation of systems of people, materials, equipment, and energy
industrial engineer noun

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