Mission Statement – IOE


U-M Industrial and Operations Engineering will lead the discovery and innovation of engineering knowledge to create and improve all types of systems. We will foster the next generation of engineering leaders who can achieve long-term impact for the common good.


We advance scientific and mathematical methods to help solve local and global challenges. We analyze data to improve decision making and shape systems comprised of humans, machines, and processes. We educate and mentor students, emphasizing critical thinking, global citizenship, and the pursuit of the common good.


Collaboration, Excellence, Creativity, Integrity, Respect


In addition, the IOE Program also has the following goals:

  • To recruit, educate and support excellent, diverse students and prepare them to be leaders in the practice and further development of industrial and operations engineering.
  • To have one of the leading undergraduate programs in the world in industrial and operations engineering.
  • To engender the skills and desire to continually learn and grow through a lifelong professional career.


  • Launch a successful career by effectively practicing industrial and operations engineering or be successful in advanced graduate study in engineering, scientific, business or related disciplines; practicing something other than IOE;
  • Assume leadership roles in their career or graduate program;
  • Contribute to the social and economic environments of their communities; and
  • Have the breadth of knowledge and motivation to continue to develop their career skills through ongoing learning.


  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. 
  • An  ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.  
  •  An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.  
  •  An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.  
  •  An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.  

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The University Registrar publishes the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.


Our program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Outcomes

The matrix maps how each course in our curriculum addresses our program outcomes. Only the outcomes tracked are noted below. 


Student Outcomes (Black – High)

  Apply math and science Design Communicate Ethics Teams Experiments, Analyze, and Interpret Data Lifelong Learning