The Department of the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) has 25 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 314 undergraduate majors and 115 graduate students. There are four undergraduate (UG) degrees, four masters' degrees, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering offered. All of the masters' degrees are offered both at the Parkview campus as well as Benton Harbor, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids and Holland. All graduate classes are taught by tenured/tenure-track faculty.
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is one of nine academic departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The College has programs in engineering, engineering technology, and applied sciences. In Fall 2003, the College moved into a new $100 million, 270-acre engineering campus. This site includes a new 343,000 square foot engineering complex and a Business Technology and Research Park.
The IME department is a direct descendant of the Department of Manual Arts, which held its first classes in the fall of 1904. In 1995 the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department was formed to merge Industrial Engineering and manufacturing components of the Department of Engineering Technology. This brought together faculty in a number of complementary disciplines. Industrial Engineering offered the first four-year bachelor's in engineering degree at Western Michigan University in 1959. In 1979, the Industrial Engineering degree was the first degree to receive accreditation from the predecessor to the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). For information on ABET Accreditation, please contact ABET, Inc. at www.abet.org
The IME Department has partnered with the Haworth College of Business to offer both a major and minor in Integrated Supply Management (ISM). IME faculty teach a majority of the CEAS classes taken by ISM students. The Department also provides the coordinator of the Co-op and internship programs for the College. In addition, the department is also the second largest provider of service coursework in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the College of Aviation.
In the 2006, the MS in Engineering Management received the Founder's Award (best graduate program) by American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM). In addition, the BS in Engineering Management Technology has been named second runner-up by the ASEM. Both programs have been rated in the top five for three years. There are approximately 150 graduate programs and 50 undergraduate programs eligible for consideration in the nation.
In 2008 the IME Department became a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute® (PMI®). This allows the Professional Development Units (PDUs) to be earned at WMU toward the attainment and retention of a Project Management Professional® credential.
The vision of the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department is to be recognized as a leader in educating students in state-of-the-art knowledge of each profession, and to provide programs with continuously improving, student-centered education and research environments that motivate students and faculty to create, contribute to, and apply knowledge and experience.
The mission of the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department is to offer programs that emphasize a strong relationship with industry as well as attract and foster students who interact with faculty and industry professionals focused on appropriate methods for improving processes, products, and systems.
Our mission is to provide the best possible education in engineering or technology that emphasizes breadth of student learning through creation, contribution, and application of comprehended knowledge. We foresee that our graduates will become productive and informed members of their professional society.
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) offers four undergraduate degrees, three masters degrees, two of which may be earned either in Kalamazoo or entirely at Extended University Programs (EUP) sites Grand Rapids and Holland, and a Ph.D.
BSE (Industrial), EAC of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org
BS - Engineering Graphics and Design Technology, Technology Accreditation
Commission (TAC) of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org
BS - Engineering Management Technology, TAC of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org
BS - Manufacturing Engineering Technology, TAC of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org
MSE (Industrial), Kalamazoo and EUP
MS - Engineering Management, Kalamazoo and EUP
MS - Manufacturing Engineering
MS - Operations Research
Ph.D. - Industrial Engineering