The University of Florida is classified as a Research University with very high research activity (formerly “Research I”) by the Carnegie Foundation. As such, it is the department’s mission to innovate solutions to the problems facing society today. As most problems facing industrial and systems engineers are grounded in industries such as supply chain management, risk management, production and inventory control and data analysis, it is only natural that industry and academia partner on research projects. In these collaborations, complicated problems are defined that can only be approached with advanced techniques and resources. Doctoral candidates and faculty collaborate on analyses, recommendations, models, tools and decision-support systems for cutting-edge problems, as directed by our industry partners. Contract costs generally support student stipend, tuition, equipment and faculty time.