Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Master of Science in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering

Rankings

"Best Online Programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State’s Master of Industrial and Human Factors Engineering No. 56 among its 94 best online graduate engineering programs in 2017.

Source: Wright State Newsroom

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Why Choose Industrial and Human Factors Engineering?

Ever Wondered...

  • How NBA schedules are generated?
  • How airline crew and gates are assigned?
  • Why do your grandparents have a hard time with technology?
  • How do your online orders get delivered to you?
  • Why smart phones and tablets are easy to work with?

They are the Industrial and Human Factors Engineers who make all of the above, and much more, possible for us.

Industrial and Human Factors Engineering (IHE), a highly customizable degree in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, prepares working professionals towards effective design and operation of a variety of systems in healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace, distribution, retail, and many others. While industrial engineers utilize the tools of simulation, optimization, computing, and statistics to design and improve modern technology-laden systems, human factors engineers design systems that effectively integrate human abilities/limitations and machines/tools.

Because students enrolled in the program are diverse in both geography and work-profile, eligible students are able to complete the MSIHE degree entirely online.

The BIE Department offers both a Master of Science Degree and a Ph.D. in Engineering focus area in IHE. The Master of Industrial and Human Factors Engineering program has a non-thesis alternative in addition to the traditional thesis option. Students choose their coursework in one of four available focus areas: Decision Analytics; Logistics and Supply Chain; Human Factors and Ergonomics; and Neuroengineering.  All focus areas offer hands-on courses and laboratories in state-of-the-art research facilities in the Russ Engineering Center and the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building.

Why Study IHE at Wright State?

  • Unique features:
    • Peer mentoring
    • SCALE-Up classrooms
    • Student success center
    • Strong inclusive culture
  • Experiential learning (industry tours, guest lectures, workshops)
  • Distance learning option (entire Masters in IHE degree can be distance, if eligible)
  • Practical class projects, internships/co-ops
  • Gold Certified Student Club: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
    • Attend regional and national conferences
    • Leadership and networking opportunities
    • Fun activities and socials
    • Intramural volleyball champions
    • Access to educational resources

Careers

The demand for Industrial and Human Factors Engineers is very high, with graduates hired in industry, government agencies, industrial research and development, and consulting firms. Industrial and Human Factors Engineering is consistently listed as one of the most satisfying career areas in national surveys, as well as one with many job openings in the region.

100% of our graduates work as:

  • Process/Manufacturing/Quality Engineer
  • Usability/User Experience Professional
  • Operations/Management/Data/Business Analyst

Job outlook

  • Operations Research Analyst ranked #5 Best Business Jobs by US News
  • Starting salaries around $65,000 - $80,000
  • Over 3 times more job postings than other engineering disciplines

Our graduates are employed by:

  • Honda
  • Cardinal Health
  • Kroger
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Siemens
  • LexisNexis
  • KTH Parts Industries
  • Vantiv
  • WestRock
  • General Electric
  • Boeing
  • DP&L

Famous Industrial and Human Factors Engineers

  • Tim Cook - CEO, Apple Inc.
  • Michael Eskew - Board of Directors, 3M and IBM, former CEO of UPS
  • Joe Forehand - Chairman, First Data Corp, and previously Accenture
  • Linda Hudson - Former President and CEO of BAE Systems Inc.
  • William H. Swanson - Chairman, Raytheon Co.
  • Brian Betts - VP of Operations, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
  • Edward Whitacre, Jr. - Former Chairman of General Motors
  • Bud Adams - Former Owner of the Tennessee Titans
  • Joe Girardi - Manager, New York Yankees

Success Stories

“The MS in IHE program at WSU helped me to get practical experience with real-world problems and taught me all the necessary skillsets to solve those real-world problems. My thesis was about optimizing surgery scheduling at a VA Medical Center and I gained significant experience and knowledge in optimization after completing my thesis. The only experience I had on my resume was my thesis and I got my first job in marketing just based on the tools and techniques I used in my thesis.

“I started my Master’s degree at Wright a State as soon as I got on active duty. With my long hours and unpredictable work schedule, I knew I needed to be mainly a distance student. For me, Wright State’s online option was the obvious choice. I would be able to enjoy the convenience of online classes while also receiving an A+ education. The teachers were so accommodating with my schedule; and, since I live so close to the school, I was able to meet with them on a regular basis and even attend some classes in-person when my schedule allowed.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Industrial and Human Factors Engineering program information and degree requirements in the University Catalog.

Master of Science in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program Information and Requirements (PDF)

Research Areas

Supply Chain and Logistics

Provides the student with a background in both theory and application of systems-based modeling, manufacturing design, and continuous improvement. Emphasis is placed on inventory theory, forecasting, warehousing, and network design.

  • Distribution planning
  • Inventory management
  • Facility logistics

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Neuroengineering

Provides the student with a background in principles, computational methods, and technologies in this area. Emphasis is placed on using engineering techniques to understand, design, and analyze the neural-system interface.

  • Cognitive neuroengineering
  • Brain-based learning
  • Sensors

Faculty Advisors:

Human Performance

  • Military
  • Transfer of care

Human Factors and Ergonomics

Provides the student with a background in product usability, computer interface design, simulations and virtual environments, systems modeling, information retrieval, and human performance. Emphasis is placed on human-computer interaction, cognitive modeling and experimental methods as they relate to the design, development and analysis of systems such as petrochemical industries, military domain, and healthcare.

Faculty Advisors:

User Experience

  • Consumer electronics
  • Augmented reality
  • Usability engineering

Decision Analytics

Provides the student with a background in both theory and application of optimization-based and dynamic systems modeling. Emphasis is placed on mathematical techniques, computer modeling, and experimental methods as they relate to the design, development and analysis of complex systems such as healthcare, transportation, airlines, and retail.

  • Healthcare
  • Retail analytics
  • Revenue management

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Admission

Entrance Requirements

  • GPA of at least 2.7 in undergraduate course work.
  • GRE Total of at least 290 with a minimum GRE Quantitative score of 145 for applicants (1) whose undergraduate degree is not in engineering or (2) whose undergraduate degree is not from and ABET-accredited engineering program.
  • Additional pre-requisite course work may be required if your undergraduate degree is not in engineering.
  • Letters of recommendation are recommended but not required.

How to Apply

Graduate students should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School.

 


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