85th Anniversary

University of Florida Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering | 85th Anniversary

Celebrating A Legacy of Engineering Excellence

In 2019, the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) at the University of Florida will be celebrating 85 years of excellence and innovation in education and research. The department, which was established in 1934, received its initial ABET accreditation in 1936 and is recognized as one of the first seven U.S. ISE departments to be accredited by the board.

This milestone represents a time for reflection on what the department has accomplished and excitement for what the future holds. Currently, we are hiring faculty to expand our areas of research and teaching interests, developing new laboratory spaces and strengthening our curriculums by considering contemporary ISE skills. Throughout this year, we will be celebrating all of the department’s accomplishments and making plans to achieve greatness in the 85 years to come.

Below are a few initiatives that we plan to pursue to achieve another 85 years of excellence:

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Elevating Our Curriculum to New Levels

The department is enhancing the undergraduate curriculum with a new engineering foundation. This means ensuring all engineering core courses that we require have relevance to ISE option courses. It also means defining an ISE core that addresses contemporary demands of industry. These actions are directed at making our outstanding undergraduate students more successful in the engineering job market.

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Specializing in Technical Excellence

Industrial & systems engineering is a unique discipline within the engineering industry. It has multiple concentrations that allow graduates to be versatile and flexible in their careers. We will be offering more electives in specialized areas (e.g., health systems, human systems, etc.) that allow students to define concentration tracks on top of a contemporary ISE foundation. This approach will strengthen technical skills and allow students to explore research and industry work in a broader range of domains.

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Emphasis on Diversity for Innovation and Decision Making

We are extremely proud of our diversified student populations. We are closing the gender gap, with almost 50 percent of undergraduate student population being female, and our underrepresented minority population is vast and all encompassing. Bringing people together from all types of background experiences serves to improve the quality of decisions we make regarding our program content and research. The diversity of our department means that we can tackle the world’s most challenging problems and that our success is only limited by what we can imagine together.

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Transforming the World Through Our Alumni

Many of our alumni are leading the way in industry and academia. Our graduates have achieved excellence in multi-national corporations, start-up companies, government research agencies, branches of the military, research labs, and other universities. UF ISE alumni are transforming the way people work and pursue leisure to promote the quality of life. We believe the success of our alumni directly reflects the quality and caliber of our academic programs.


ISE Awards & 85th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Friday March 29, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Champions Club
*To see photos of the event, click HERE.


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Help us get to where we want to go and achieve our goals in the next 85 years to come!