What is Industrial and Systems Engineering?

Industrial and systems engineering (ISE) deals with the optimization of complex processes, systems or organizations. Engineers who specialize in this field work to eliminate wasted time, money, materials, man-hours, machine time, energy and other resources that do not generate value. According to the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, they devise how to do things better by engineering processes and systems that improve quality and productivity.

An industrial and systems engineering education provides a fundamental base for success in a broad spectrum of career paths. USC’s Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers a strong curriculum taught by world renowned and dedicated faculty. In conjunction with the Daniel J. Epstein Institute, our department is uniquely positioned to be the thought leader in ISE education and research.


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2017 Eberhardt Rechtin Lecture

Invention, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, 3D Printing
Presented by Mr. Charles Hull, Co Founder and CTO, 3D Systems

April 13, 2017 

2017 ISE Spring Banquet

April 20, 2017

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Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

Tue, Jan 23, 2018
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Location: GER 206
Speaker: Dr. Young-Jun Son, Professor, The University of Arizona Talk Title: Distributed Federation of Multi-paradigm Simulation and Decision Models for Planning and Control Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen


Spring 2018 PDP Info Session

Tue, Jan 23, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: RTH 211
Interested in earning your MS from Viterbi? How about starting a MS degree during your senior year? Viterbi Graduate Admission is hosting a Progressive Degree information session on January 23rd! Learn more about this exciting...


ASBME Corporate Info Session

Wed, Jan 24, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: TCC 227
Let us help you impress corporate representatives at ASBME's corporate dinner and Viterbi's Career Fair! ASBME President Holly Huber will be holding an informal Q&A on all-things corporate-from application timelines from prominent companies...

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The Future of Self-Driving Cars

On November 16, Professor Najmedin Meshkati and his ISE 370 Human Factors in Work Design class welcomed guest speaker Christopher Hart, member and ex-Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  Hart gave a lecture entitled “The Challenges and Opportunities of Autonomous Vehicles.” Abstract After declining for several years, the number of fatalities on our streets and highways has recently … Read More


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The Fleischer Prize in Green Technology

USC Viterbi Students encouraged to apply

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Carl Kesselman of ISI and USC Viterbi to help develop a powerful national NIH Data Commons Platform

The virtual, cloud-based platform will help researchers share and manage vast amounts of data online.

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