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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SSE Systems Leadership Series

Mon, Apr 23, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Online via WebEX
Speaker: Shane Henderson, Professor and Director - School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University Talk Title: Citi Bike - Planning through a Combination of Continuous, Discrete, and Simulation Optimization ...


GM 10: Find Your Fit - Manufacturing, Research and Development, and Quality Engineering

Wed, Apr 25, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: TCC 227
Unsure what the differences are between an engineer in manufacturing, research & development, and quality? Discover what each engineering position is about, and explore which position is best for you! This information session will be led by...


Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

Thu, Apr 26, 2018
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Location: GER GER 206
Speaker: Dr. Osman Ozaltin, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University Talk Title: Improving Patient Safety in the External Beam Radiation Therapy Process Host: Dr. Julie Higle

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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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USC News: Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook?

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a #DeleteFacebook movement, USC experts look at how this week’s events might impact the social network.

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The Globe and Mail: Unfriended: Facebook backlash points to troubling new narrative

After stumbling through a series of political scandals about how Facebook’s technology and data have been manipulated to influence public opinion and undermine democracy, some are questioning how long Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can survive.