Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME)

Please note that for all graduate programs in IME, some IME courses may require programming skills as a prerequisite, and some IME courses may require Linear Algebra or Calculus III as a prerequisite.

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

IME 524.  Engineering Probability and Statistics II   3 credit hours

A study of confidence interval, regression analysis, analysis of variance, correlation analysis and design of experiments emphasizing applications to engineering. Prerequisite: IME 254.

IME 549.  Industrial Ergonomics   3 credit hours

A systematic approach to the optimization of the human-task-environment system. Includes work space design, manual materials handling, work related musculoskeletal disorders and environmental factors. Emphasizes applications in industry. Prerequisite: IME 254 or departmental consent.

IME 550.  Operations Research   3 credit hours

Models and methods in operations research. Linear and quadratic programming. Network models and algorithms. Integer, dynamic and nonlinear programming. Unconstrained and constrained optimization. Prerequisite: MATH 511. Corequisite: IME 254.

IME 553.  Production Systems   3 credit hours

Quantitative techniques used in the analysis and control of production systems. Includes forecasting, inventory models, operation planning and scheduling. Prerequisite: IME 254. Corequisite: IME 255.

IME 554.  Statistical Quality Control   3 credit hours

A study of the measurement and control of product quality using statistical methods. Includes acceptance sampling, statistical process control and total quality management. Corequisite: IME 524.

IME 556.  Information Systems   3 credit hours

Provides a basic understanding of information systems in a modern enterprise, including database design, information technology and ethics using hands-on activities and directed classroom discussion. Prerequisite: CS 211 or MIS 310.

IME 557.  Safety Engineering   3 credit hours

Environmental aspects of accident prevention, industrial compensation and safety legislation. Fundamental concepts of occupational health and hygiene. Prerequisite: IME 254.

IME 558.  Manufacturing Methods and Materials II   4 credit hours

3 Classroom hours; 2 Lab hours. Covers theoretical and practical aspects of manufacturing processes, including material properties and behavior as influenced by the manufacturing process. In-depth study of such manufacturing processes as casting heat treatment, bulk forming, sheet metal forming, metal cutting, nontraditional machining and process monitoring through measurement of manufacturing process variables. Also includes laboratory experience and plant tours. Prerequisites: IME 258, ME 250.

IME 563.  Facilities Planning and Design   3 credit hours

Quantitative and qualitative approaches to problems in facilities planning and design, emphasizing activity relationships, space requirements, materials handling and storage, and plant layout. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to selection of material handling devices and design of storage systems, and introduction to concepts of supply chain. Prerequisites: IME 452, 550, 553.

IME 565.  Systems Simulation   3 credit hours

The design of simulation models and techniques for use in designing and evaluating discrete systems, including manufacturing systems too complex to be solved analytically. Emphasizes general purpose computer simulation languages. Prerequisite: computer programming competency. Corequisites: IME 553, 524.

IME 590.  Industrial Engineering Design I   3 credit hours

An industry-based team design project using industrial engineering and manufacturing engineering principles; performed under faculty supervision. May not be counted toward graduate credit. Prerequisites: IME 553; must be within two semesters of graduation or departmental consent.

IME 658.  Forming Processes   3 credit hours

Introduction to the fundamentals of deformation and techniques for analysis of forming processes. Application to various bulk forming and sheet metal forming processes. Introduction to applied nonlinear finite element analysis and its application for analysis and design of forming processes. Prerequisite: AE 333.

IME 664.  Engineering Management   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as ENGT 664. Introduction to the design and control of technologically-based projects. Considers both the theoretical and practical aspects of systems models, organizational development, project planning and control, resource allocation, team development and personal skill assessment. Prerequisites: IME 254, 255.

IME 676.  Aircraft Manufacturing and Assembly   3 credit hours

Covers key aspects of assembly design for aircraft structures. First module covers design of jigs and fixtures to locate parts and machine features to tolerance, and the effect of part and tool stiffness on the tolerances. Second module covers gage design and gage studies, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Third module covers assembly planning and best practices for aircraft assembly. Laboratory experiments and case studies are used to understand issues related to aircraft assembly. Prerequisite: IME 258.

IME 690.  Industrial Engineering Design II   3 credit hours

Continuation of the design project initiated in IME 590 or the performance of a second industrial engineering design project; an industry-based team design project using industrial and manufacturing engineering principles; performed under faculty supervision. May not be counted toward graduate credit. Prerequisites: IME 590 and departmental consent.

IME 724.  Statistical Methods for Engineers   3 credit hours

For graduate students majoring in engineering. Students study and model real-life engineering problems and draw reliable conclusions through applications of probability theory and statistical techniques. Not available for undergraduate credit. Prerequisite: MATH 243.

IME 731.  Foundations of Optimization   3 credit hours

An extensive treatment of the theories and concepts of linear, nonlinear, constrained and unconstrained optimization techniques. Prerequisite: IME 550.

IME 740.  Analysis of Decision Processes   3 credit hours

Decision analysis as it applies to capital equipment selection and replacement, process design and policy development. Explicit consideration of risk, uncertainty and multiple attributes is developed and applied using modern computer-aided analysis techniques. Prerequisites: IME 254, 255.

IME 749.  Ergonomic Assessment Methods   3 credit hours

Covers current and commonly used risk and exposure assessment methods used for musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. Students develop an understanding and working knowledge of how to evaluate and control the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the design of workplaces. Critical assessments and discussions of risk and exposure assessment techniques are performed relative to the strengths and weaknesses of each technique as well as the evidence for risk control and validity of the various methods. Prerequisite: IME 549 or instructor's consent.

IME 753.  Advanced Linear Programming   3 credit hours

Linear and integer programming formulations, simplex method, geometry of the simplex method, sensitivity and duality, interior point methods. Prerequisite: IME 550 or instructor's consent.

IME 754.  Reliability and Maintainability Engineering   3 credit hours

Studies problems of quantifying, assessing and verifying reliability. Presents various factors that determine the capabilities of components emphasizing practical applications. Examples and problems cover a broad range of engineering fields. Prerequisite: IME 524 or 724.

IME 755.  Design of Experiments   3 credit hours

Application of analysis of variance and experimental design for engineering studies. Includes general design methodology, single-factor designs, randomized blocks, factorial designs, fractional replication and confounding. Prerequisite: IME 524 or 724.

IME 758.  Analysis of Manufacturing Processes   3 credit hours

Introduces students to plasticity and builds upon their knowledge of mechanics and heat transfer in order to analyze various manufacturing processes. Numerical techniques (mainly finite element analysis) as well as theoretical methods are introduced and applied to analysis of processes such as open and closed die forging, superplastic forming, machining, grinding, laser welding, etc. The effect of friction, material properties and process parameters on the mechanics of the processes and process outputs is the main focus of study. Prerequisite: AE 333.

IME 759.  Ergonomic Interventions   3 credit hours

Provides an understanding and working knowledge of how to evaluate and control the risk of musculoskeletal disorders in the design of workplaces and processes. Scientific aspects of intervention design and effectiveness assessment are discussed, including an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the intervention research literature. Prerequisite: IME 549 or instructor's consent.

IME 760.  Ergonomics Topics   3 credit hours

New or special courses on topics in ergonomics and human factors engineering. May be repeated for different topics. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

IME 764.  Systems Engineering and Analysis   3 credit hours

Presentation of system design process from the identification of a need through conceptual design, preliminary design, detail design and development, and system test and evaluation. Studies operational feasibility, reliability, maintainability, supportability and economic feasibility. Prerequisites: IME 254, 255.

IME 767.  Lean Manufacturing   3 credit hours

Introduces lean concepts as applied to the manufacturing environment. Deals with the concepts of value, value stream, flow, pull and perfection. Includes waste identification, value stream mapping, visual controls and lean metrics. Prerequisite: IME 553.

IME 768.  Metal Machining: Theory and Applications   3 credit hours

Provides basic understanding of the various conventional metal machining processes and the nature of various phenomena that occur in it. Includes fundamental treatments of the mechanics of chip formation under orthogonal and oblique conditions, temperatures in machining, tool materials, tool wear, surface roughness, numerical and mechanistic modeling methods, and discusses current research trends and possible future developments. Prerequisite: AE 333 or ME 250.

IME 775.  Computer Integrated Manufacturing   3 credit hours

A study of the concepts, components and technologies of CIM systems; enterprise modeling for CIM, local area networks, CAD/CAM interfaces, information flow for CIM, shop floor control and justification of CIM systems. Prerequisites: knowledge of a programming language, IME 558.

IME 777.  IME Colloquium   0 credit hours

Presentations and discussions of industrial engineering problems, research methods, and case analyses for graduate students. Repeatable for credit. Graded S/U.

IME 778.  Machining of Composites   3 credit hours

Introduction to a wide range of machining processes used in the secondary manufacturing of composites, focusing on scientific and engineering developments affecting the present and future of composites manufacturing. Major traditional and nontraditional machining processes are discussed. The effect of process parameters, material parameters and system parameters on the material removal rate and the quality of the machined part are also discussed. Emphasis given to the application of nontraditional machining processes in the manufacture of fiber-reinforced polymers used in the aerospace and aviation industries. Students learn the advantages and disadvantages of each machining process and how to select the most appropriate process for different materials and geometries. Prerequisite: AE 333 or instructor's approval.

IME 780.  Topics in Industrial Engineering   3 credit hours

New or special courses are presented under this listing. Repeatable for credit when subject matter warrants.

IME 781.  Cooperative Education   1-8 credit hours

A work-related placement with a supervised professional experience to complement and enhance the student's academic program. Intended for master's level or doctoral students in IME. Repeatable for credit. May not be used to satisfy degree requirements. Graded Cr/NCr. Prerequisites: departmental consent, graduate GPA of 3.000 or above.

IME 781P.  Cooperative Education   1 credit hour

Introduces the student to professional practice by working in industry in an academically-related job and provides a planned professional experience designed to complement and enhance the student's academic program. Individualized programs must be formulated in consultation with, and approved by, appropriate faculty sponsors and cooperative education coordinators. Students must enroll concurrently in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework including this course in addition to a minimum of 20 hours per week at their co-op assignment. Graded Cr/NCr unless student has received permission before enrolling for course to be used as an elective. May be repeated. For graduate students.

IME 783.  Supply Chain Management   3 credit hours

Quantitative and qualitative techniques used in the design and management of the supply chain. Includes distribution management, multi-plant coordination, optimal design of the logistics network, adequate safety stock levels and the risk pooling concept, and integrating decision support systems (DDS) in the management of the supply chain. Prerequisite: IME 553.

IME 825.  Enterprise Engineering   3 credit hours

How to design and improve all elements associated with the total enterprise through the use of engineering and analysis methods and tools to more effectively achieve its goals and objectives. Deals with the analysis, design, implementation and operation of all elements associated with an enterprise. Includes business process re-engineering, graphical enterprise modeling tools and architectures, and enterprise transformation. Prerequisite: IME 553.

IME 835.  Applied Forecasting Methods   3 credit hours

A study of forecasting methods, including smoothing techniques, time series analysis, and Box-Jenkins models. Prerequisite: IME 724 or instructor's consent.

IME 850.  Discrete Optimization   3 credit hours

Modeling with integer variables, various applications of discrete optimization in industry, service and science, enumeration and cutting plane methods, branch and bound methods, decomposition algorithms, computational and software issues (AMPL and CPLEX), and dynamic programming. Prerequisite: IME 550 or instructor's consent.

IME 851.  Stochastic Modeling and Analysis   3 credit hours

Discusses stochastic processes and their application to modeling and analysis of systems that involve uncertainty in engineering and management sciences. Topics include review of probability concepts and random variables, discrete-time Markov chains, Poisson processes, continuous-time Markov processes, renewal theory, and basic queueing models. Prerequisite: IME 550 or instructor's consent.

IME 854.  Quality Engineering   3 credit hours

A broad view of quality tools and their integration into a comprehensive quality management and improvement system. Covers the theory and approaches of the major quality leaders such as Deming, Juran and Crosby. Explores off-line and online quality engineering techniques, including cost of quality, the seven old and seven new tools, Quality Function Deployment, and statistical process control methods. Explores design of engineering experiments, including Taguchi's methods. Prerequisite: IME 554 or instructor's consent.

IME 858.  Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis of Metal Forming   3 credit hours

Introduces the use of an LS-DYNA software package for metal forming simulations and discusses the theoretical foundation necessary to understand the physics and mechanics behind some of the options that need to be used to ensure solution accuracy in FEA of metal forming. Prerequisite: AE 722 or ME 650K or IME 780K.

IME 864.  Risk Analysis   3 credit hours

Provides a set of methods that have been widely used to evaluate and void the risk of technological systems and devices in engineering applications. The methods introduced are multi-disciplinary in terms of the scope of the methodology and the concepts that are being applied in many industries. Students are expected to have an engineering background and the capability of using statistics and operations research tools. Prerequisite: IME 724 or 754 or instructor's consent.

IME 865.  Modeling and Analysis of Discrete Systems   3 credit hours

Covers analytical and experimental techniques for the modeling and analysis of discrete systems with a focus on discrete event simulation of terminating and nonterminating systems. Course material includes some discussion of Markov Chains and Queuing Theory as they pertain to systems simulation. Systems applications come from the manufacturing and service sectors. Students investigate issues through readings, lectures and hands-on projects. Prerequisites: IME 553, 724, or instructor's consent.

IME 874.  MSIE Graduate Seminar   1 credit hour

Seminar course performed under faculty supervision, related to a topic of research interest to both the faculty and the student. Repeatable. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: faculty consent.

IME 876.  Thesis   1-6 credit hours

Repeatable for credit. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: consent of thesis advisor.

IME 877.  Foundations of Neural Networks   3 credit hours

For students from a variety of disciplines. Introduces the theory and practical applications of artificial neural networks. Covers several network paradigms, emphasizing the use of neural networks as a solution tool for industrial problems which require pattern recognition, predictive and interpretive models, pattern classification, optimization and clustering. Presents examples and discusses them from a variety of areas including quality detection, process monitoring, robotics, simulation metamodeling, economic and finance analysis, diagnostic models, combinatorial optimization, and machine vision. Prerequisite: IME 724 or instructor's consent.

IME 878.  Master's Directed Project   1-3 credit hours

A project conducted under the supervision of an academic advisor for the directed project option. Requires a written report and an oral presentation on the project. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: consent of academic advisor.

IME 880.  Topics in Industrial Engineering   3 credit hours

New or special courses are presented under this listing on sufficient demand. Repeatable for credit when subject matter warrants.

IME 883.  Supply Chain Engineering   3 credit hours

Provides state-of-the-art mathematical models, concepts and solution methods important in the design, control, operation and management of global supply chains by emphasizing a quantitative analytical approach. Prerequisites: IME 550 and IME 553; or instructor's consent.

IME 890.  Independent Study in Industrial Engineering   1-3 credit hours

Analysis, research and solution of a selected problem. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

IME 930.  Multiple Criteria Decision Making   3 credit hours

An extensive treatment of techniques for decision making where the multiple criteria nature of the problem must be recognized explicitly. Prerequisite: IME 550.

IME 950.  Occupational Biomechanics   3 credit hours

Theoretical fundamentals of the link system of the body and kinetic aspects of body movement. Includes application of biomechanics to work systems. Prerequisites: IME 549, AE 223.

IME 960.  Advanced Selected Topics   3 credit hours

New or special courses on advanced topics presented under this listing on sufficient demand. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

IME 976.  PhD Dissertation   1-12 credit hours

Repeatable for credit. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: admission to doctoral aspirant status.

IME 990.  Advanced Independent Study   1-3 credit hours

Arranged individual, independent study in specialized content areas. Repeatable toward the PhD degree. Prerequisites: advanced standing and departmental consent.