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, Feb 27, 2018
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Location: GER 206
Speaker: Dr. John R. Birge, Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business Talk Title: MCMC Methods for Dynamic Stochastic Optimization Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen


STEM Spotlight on Electrical Engineering

Thu, Mar 01, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: PHE lawn by PHE and SAL
The STEM Spotlight on the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering opens up the research labs and various activities to the students of Bud Carson Middle School in Hawthorne. The Spotlight series focus on introducing K-12 students to...



Fri, Mar 02, 2018
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: SAL 101
Speaker: Prof. Andrea Armani, Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, USC Talk Title: Field Trip to USC Michelson Hall Laboratories Host: Dr. Prata & EHP

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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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