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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Withdrawal Deadline

Fri, Feb 23, 2018
All Day Event
Last day to change a Pass/No Pass course to Letter Grade for Spring 2018. Last day to drop a course without a mark of "W" on the transcript for Spring 2018. arr.usc.edu


Last day to change P/NP Grade to a Letter Grade

Fri, Feb 23, 2018
All Day Event
Feb 23rd is the last day to change your grading option from Pass/No Pass to a letter grade. All Engineering related courses must be taken for a letter grade.


ASBME: Makeathon

Fri, Feb 23, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 433
SIGN UP NOW! ASBME is hosting the 3rd Annual Makeathon February 23-25! Visit www.uscmakeathon.com for more extensive information about this competition, rules, schedule, registration, and more. The Makeathon is a medical device design...

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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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New Insights Into Human Kidney Formation Made Possible with Innovative Platform Developed at ISI

USC stem cell scientists used a new “ecosystem of tools” designed by ISI researchers to analyze massive amounts of data to document the similarities and differences between kidney development in humans and mice

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A New Way to Fight the Spread of Infectious Diseases

An algorithm developed by USC researchers could help public health programs better locate, and treat, people living with undiagnosed infectious diseases, says a new study.

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