What is Industrial Engineering?

What is Industrial Engineering?

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According to the Institute of Industrial Engineers:

"Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, material, equipment, and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical and social sciences together with the principles and method of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems."

Industrial Engineering is different from other engineering disciplines because of its broader scope and its focus on people. For instance, whereas mechanical engineers deal with analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems using engineering, physics, and materials science; industrial engineers deal with analysis, design, improvement, and optimization of broader-scope systems using a combination of various analytical methods such as mathematics, probability and statistics, physical and social sciences, and engineering design.