Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering (IEE)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Industrial and Entrepreneurial)

If you are interested in learning what it takes to turn creative new ideas into profit making opportunities using a combination of engineering, economics, and communication skills, and if you enjoy problem solving and improving the way people do things, Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering might be for you.

The IEE curriculum at WMU is an ABET accredited program that combines a traditional industrial engineering program with an entrepreneurial engineering focus where engineering design, creativity, and innovation are emphasized throughout the curriculum. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to solve real world engineering problems in a practical business model setting. Students learn how to bring real products and services to market, and how to start their own companies to market and sell their product ideas. Students also learn how to be an entrepreneur in a small company, or how to lead successful entrepreneurial projects in a larger company. IEE students gain knowledge and understanding of industrial and entrepreneurial engineering from a combination of academic and practical experiences that complement core engineering, math and science courses.

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineers (IEE) are engineers who are educated for the new economy, an economy where entrepreneurs with technical skills have tremendous opportunities and career options. They design, improve and implement systems that bring together people, materials and equipment in order to make businesses function in the most efficient way possible.

IEE Ergonomics Research

IEE combines aspects of engineering, business and management, that qualifies you for opportunities in a variety of career endeavors: manufacturing, healthcare, aerospace, entertainment, distribution, logistics, banking, or insurance – to name just a few. Graduates of the IEE Program learn the traditional math and science base of an engineering degree. In addition, they enroll in courses aimed at learning how to use engineering skills to become a successful entrepreneurial engineer.

You will study subjects such as entrepreneurial engineering, engineering economy, quality control, supply-chain management, ergonomics, computer simulation, and operations control at a state-of-art campus designed to promote the future success of our students.

A major feature of the program allows you to apply 15 credit hours toward any minor you want. This is the only engineering program at WMU that has this flexibility. Now you can diversify your knowledge base all as part of your degree.

Recent graduates have been hired by organizations such as
• Steelcase
• Denso
• Ford • Pfizer
• General Motors • Daimler Chrysler
• Bronson Hospital • Kellogg's
• Whirlpool • Stryker Medical
And many more companies.

IEE Students

Consider This

At WMU our goal is to produce job-ready graduates, and our IEE students exemplify this. Western’s program will prepare you to take the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) Exam, which is the first step to become a professional in the field. In 2007, 89% of IEE students passed this exam, well above the national average of 69% As an IEE student, you will participate in hands-on projects with local industry, can apply for several departmental scholarships, and join one of our student societies, such as the Institute of Industrial Engineers

Go Beyond Your Limits

"I personally like Western because you are treated as an individual here, not a number. You have one on one interaction with professors, not their assistants. There are so many extra programs and activities to help you succeed as a student and a person. It feels like Western is truly concerned about you and your future and wants to ensure that you are going to succeed, especially the Industrial Engineering Department. We have a very close- knit group of students that are not only classmates, but friends. We also have an outstanding staff that puts in the extra mile to help students and to make everything interesting by applying it to everyday use. I feel lucky to have experienced the closeness and friendship of this department, with students, faculty, and staff. It helped my learning experience and made me want to go beyond the limits."

-Courtney Miller-BSE-Industrial Engineering, 2004

Undergraduate students in the Industrial & Entrepreneurial Engineering program can have an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees at an accelerated pace. These undergraduate students may count up to 12 credit hours of 5000 level courses (taken at the upper Undergraduate tuition rate at WMU) toward a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering.

To be eligible for the Master's degree, all graduate requirements must be completed within 30 months of completing the Bachelor's degree in Industrial & Entrepreneurial Engineering at WMU. Admitted students may choose to pursue a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering under either the Thesis Option or the Non-Thesis Option.

Admission into the ABM program and the Graduate College is contingent upon two additional eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program:

  1. The student must have junior standing and a minimum of fifteen (15) IME credit hours, and
  2. The student must have a minimum accumulated grade point average (GPA of 3.5/4.0 at WMU). Exceptions can be approved by the IEE Accelerated Master's committee upon written request by the applicant.

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  1. Plan, design, analyze, model, improve and implement systems to optimize the utilization of people and facilities.
  2. Use engineering tools to support engineering decisions.
  3. Use engineering skills to support innovative ventures and activities.
  4. Communicate effectively in verbal, written, and graphic forms.
  5. Pursue professional growth and interact effectively in work environments.

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering
Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. An understanding of the entrepreneurial process and how to design, develop, and bring new products and processes to market.

Curriculum 2011-2012


Semester I - Fall (14 Credits)

  Course Credits
  MATH 1220 Calculus I (or MATH 1700) (Prof. 4) 4
  CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I (Area VI) 3
  CHEM 1110 General Chemistry Lab I (Area VI) 1
  IME 1020 Technical Communication (Prof. 1) 3
  IME 1420 Engineering Graphics 3

Semester II - Spring (17 Credits)

  Course Credits
  MATH 1230 Calculus II (or MATH 1710) 4
  PHYS 2050 University Physics I (Area VI) 4
  PHYS 2060 University Physics I Lab (Area VI) 1
  Area I* Fine Arts 3
  CS 1021 Intro. to Engineering Computing I: Spreadsheets 1
  CS 1023 Intro. to Engr. Computing III: Computer Programming 1
  IME 2010 Entrepreneurial Engineering I 3

Semester III - Fall (15 Credits)

  Course Credits
  MATH 2720 Multivariate Calculus and Matrix Algebra 4
  PHYS 2070 University Physics II 4
  PHYS 2080 University Physics II Lab 1
  IME 2610 Engineering Statistics 3
  ME 2560 Statics 3

Semester IV - Spring (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 2050 Work Design 4
  Area II* Humanities 3
  ECON 2010 Principles of Microeconomics (Area V) 3
  IME 2620 Probability and Quality for Engineers 3
  Minor Elective 3

Semester V - Fall (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  MATH 3740 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 4
  IME 3010 Entrepreneurial Engineering II 3
  IME 3100 Engineering Economy 3
  IME 3160 Report Preparation (Prof. 2) 3
  Minor Elective 3

Semester VI - Spring (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 3110 Introduction to Operations Research 3
  IME 3300 Simulation Modeling and Analysis 3
  IME 3420 Ergonomics and Design 3
  ME 2200 Processes and Materials in Manufacturing 4
  Minor Elective 3

Semester VII - Fall (17 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 4010 Entrepreneurial Engineering III 3
  IME 4160 Operations Control in Industry 4
  IME 4190 IE Senior Design 1
  Area III* United States: Culture and Issues 3
  Approved Technical Elective 3
  Minor Elective 3

Semester VIII - Spring (17 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 4190 IE Senior Design 3
  Area IV* Other Cultures and Civilizations 3
  Area VIII* Health & Wellness 2
  Minor Elective 3
  Approved Technical Elective 3
  Approved Technical Elective 3

Total Credits = 128


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* At least two of these courses must be at the 3000-4000 level.

NOTE: A grade of "C" or better in gate courses (indicated in italicized type) is required for enrollment in upper division courses offered by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Please see the IEE advisor for a list of approved electives.

If you think Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering (IEE) might be for you, check the following qualifications, and contact The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences via the information listed below.


To enter the Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering program, you should have completed in high school at least three and a half years of college preparatory mathematics, including trigonometry, and two years of basic science such as physics and chemistry. If you lack some of this background, you may elect the Pre-Engineering route and select courses that prepare you to enter the program.


To apply to WMU, write to:

Office of Admissions,
Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5211

Call 269-387-2000, or go to


The academic advisor, Dr. Azim Houshyar, will work with you to ensure that you take the right sequence of courses and get maximum benefit from your studies at WMU.

To make an appointment with an advisor, call 269-276-3270
or stop by The Advising Office in E-102, Parkview Campus

Financial Aid

Information about financial assistance such as scholarships, employment opportunities, loans, and grants is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Write to Student Financial Aid,
Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5337

Call 269-387-6000, or go to

Career Placement

Career services helps WMU students and alumni in job search planning.
Call 269-387-2745, or go to

For More Information

For more information about Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering, write

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Western Michigan University
Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5336

Call 269-276-3350, or Email

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