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Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering

Major: IE
Degree Awarded: MEng.
Unit: SP
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/speed/industrial/


Program Information

General Information

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree will provide a student with the basis to be able to complete the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Industrial Engineering degree.The Master of Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. 

Since the M.Eng. is accredited as part of a five-year program with one-year of co-op experience, it is not typically well-suited for students who have not matriculated through the preceding four years at Speed School. Therefore, almost all students who earn an undergraduate degree at a school or university other than the University of Louisville pursue the M.S. degree instead of the M.Eng. degree.

Master of Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the five-year Master of Engineering Program are to produce ethically responsible graduates who are:

  1. successful in the professional practice of industrial engineering
  2. effective communicators and team players, and, involved in professional service and lifelong learning

Master of Engineering Student Outcomes

In order to achieve these objectives, the Master of Engineering has the following outcomes set for its graduates. Graduates will demonstrate:

  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 multi-disciplinary 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 ability to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy.

Admission Standards

Students desiring to pursue the Master of Engineering degree must formally apply for admission to Graduate Studies in the School of Engineering. The application form is available from Speed School Academic Affairs and should be returned to the same office. It is also available online at http://louisville.edu/speed/academics/forms. The application should be submitted prior to completion of undergraduate Departmental Studies, typically not earlier than one semester before completion of baccalaureate requirements.

 The requirements for admission or readmission to Graduate Studies – Master of Engineering are:

  1. Completion of a program of studies equivalent to that obtained through Engineering Fundamentals and Departmental Studies for the field of specialization in which the student desires to receive the Master of Engineering degree;
  2. Recommendation by the faculty and chair of the student’s department for admission or readmission to Graduate Studies;
  3. Cumulative baccalaureate grade point average of 2.50 for all prior academic course work completed in the program. However, those students with cumulative baccalaureate grade-point averages from 2.25 to 2.50 may be admitted upon petition and approval of the chair and faculty of the department.

A student becomes a candidate for the Master of Engineering degree upon admission to Graduate Studies and initial registration as a graduate student.

Residency

All graduate students are expected to make steady and satisfactory progress toward the completion of degrees. A candidate for the Master of Engineering degree who does not register for credit hours must maintain active registration by paying a fee each semester for M.Eng. residency until the degree is awarded (i.e., the candidate must maintain continuous registration, including summer terms, in Graduate Studies). Failure to pay the M. Eng residency fee will be cause to cancel a student’s candidacy. Students who are not enrolled for a period of more than 12 months will be considered to have withdrawn from the program.  In order to be restored to candidacy, the student must have the recommendation of the department chair, receive the approval of the Associate Dean and pay the fee for each of the semesters during which the candidacy was void.

Academic Performance

The J.B. Speed School of Engineering has established the following performance policies:

  1. The minimum grade point average requirement for good standing and satisfaction of degree requirements is 2.75 for all academic work completed while in graduate studies. 
  2. Any student who does not satisfy the published performance criteria shall be placed in probationary status. Any student who remains in probationary status for two consecutive terms may be considered for dismissal from the program.
  3. Students receiving graduate assistantships (teaching, research or service) shall be provided adequate training and shall be required to understand and adhere to University policies related to these areas. The performance of teaching, research and service duties by such students shall be periodically evaluated. Students with teaching assistantships shall be evaluated annually.
  4. Students who fail to meet performance goals or who do not meet other requirements as outlined in the admission letter, program requirements or the university catalog may be subject to academic dismissal from their programs.

Eligibility for Master of Engineering degree graduate honors is based upon the grade point average for the five year degree program and not just courses taken while in Graduate Studies. Speed School has the following distinctions:

  •  Degree with Honors: 3.25

  •  Degree with High Honors: 3.50

  •  Degree with Highest Honors: 3.75

Degree Requirements

The following degree requirements are mandatory of all Master of Engineering candidates:

  1. The Program of Study must be completed with a 2.75 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in Graduate Studies.
  2. Masters students must take at least 24 hours of course work at the University of Louisville to satisfy the residency requirement for the master’s degree. A maximum of six hours of graduate credit may be transferred from accredited institutions.
  3. Students following the Thesis Option must follow the Procedures and Standards for Master of Engineering Theses”. The guidelines are located online at http://louisville.edu/speed/academics/policies/MEngThesisGuidelines.pdf.
  4. The total requirements must be completed within six years after admission into Graduate Studies. The time limit imposed by the rule may be extended in individual cases upon recommendation of the department chair and approval of the Associate Dean for Academics.


Curriculum


Graduate Studies – M.Eng.

This Program of Study was approved for students entering Graduate Studies in the Summer 2012 - Spring 2013 catalog year. The Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering degree requires the following over and above the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Degree.
 
Courses
Hours
IE 581: Ergonomics
3
IE 630: Production Systems
3
IE 650: Material Flow
3
IE 657: Logistical Systems
3
6XX Technical Elective1
3
Technical Electives1
9
Thesis Option:
 IE 697: MEng Thesis2

Non-Thesis Option:
IE 699: Masters Project3
Technical Elective1
6
Total
304
1 Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the credits counted toward the degree, exclusive of thesis, are 600-level. All electives must be approved by the department.
2 For the thesis option, a student is required to select both an approved M.Eng. thesis topic and the director and members of the thesis committee during the first term of Graduate Studies. The thesis director must give approval for enrollment in IE 697. 
3 For the non-thesis option, a student is required to select both an approved M.Eng project topic and project advisor during the first term of Graduate Studies. 
4 Candidates for the Master of Engineering degree must have a minimum final cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for all academic course work attempted in Graduate Studies. A maximum of six hours of graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate may be used to satisfy M.Eng. degree requirements; these courses should not have been used to also satisfy B.S. degree requirements.
 
Total
Hours
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
131
Graduate Studies
30
Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering
161


Departmental Faculty


The Graduate Faculty of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering will be responsible for the teaching, training, and mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral students within the Speed School. Membership in the Graduate Faculty shall be required to teach a course for which graduate credit is available and will be required to serve on a graduate student’s thesis or dissertation committee in either an advisory or chairmanship capacity. The Graduate Faculty of other units may serve as external members of the committees. Additionally, membership in the Graduate Faculty will be required to act as mentors for the supervision of research by students working toward degrees authorized through the Graduate Program within the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

Members of the Graduate Faculty with an Ad hoc appointment can be approved by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to teach a graduate course or serve as an advisor or chair (mentor) on a graduate thesis or dissertation committee for a limited and specified period of time upon request from the Departmental Chair.

The following faculty have permanent appointments as Graduate Faculty of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering:

Alexander, Suraj M.
Ph.D.; Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Professor of Industrial Engineering
Acting Chair of Industrial Engineering

Bae, Ki-Hwan
Ph.D.; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering

Bai, Lihui
Ph.D.; University of Florida

Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering

DePuy, Gail W.
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Professor of Industrial Engineering

Holman, G. Talley
Ph.D., Auburn University

Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering

Stucker, Brent
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Professor of Industrial Engineering

Usher, John S.
Ph.D., North Carolina State

Professor of Industrial Engineering
Associate Dean for Administration, Planning and Faculty Affairs

Yang, Li
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering

Wilhelm, Mickey R.
Ph.D., University of Alabama
Professor of Industrial Engineering
Dean Emeritus of J.B. Speed School of Engineering



Contact Information

Industrial Engineering - MEng.

John S. Usher,
Professor and Chair
(502)852-6342
usher@louisville.edu
 

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