The Department is in the unique position of having two complimentary graduate programs in occupational health and safety accredited by the ABET, Inc./ASAC. The combined resources and faculty talents of these two programs create synergies that provide our students with outstanding academic and research experiences in the field of occupational safety and health. Excellent academic and research opportunities are also available for students in the areas of operations research, decision sciences and manufacturing.
The Department has quality research laboratories in manufacturing, robotics and vision systems, CAD/CAM, operations research, production planning and control, decision sciences, ergonomics, industrial hygiene and safety. Graduate students are encouraged to utilize these resources to explore and develop their capabilities.
Students in the MSIE program will learn to master modern and classical methodologies in their area of concentration, oral and written communication skills to bridge the gap between society and businesses and professional ethics as applied to their field. In this program, students will conduct research in their field of choice, work on projects in teams and individually and design and implement new integrated systems.
The industrial hygiene program is designed for students with undergraduate training in the areas of engineering, chemistry, biology, medical sciences, animal sciences or the physical sciences who have an interest in occupational and environmental health and safety.
The master of science degree in industrial hygiene is accredited by the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The master of science degree in safety management is accredited by the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Each PhD student will develop a program with a major in industrial engineering or occupational safety and health designed to meet his/her needs and objectives in consultation with an advisor and the advisory and examining committee.
The occupational safety and health PhD is to educate and train, to the highest level of competency in teaching and research, men and women as occupational safety and health professionals for industry, government and academia. The program helps students develop competencies to perform independent research in the application of scientific principles to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, control and manage occupational and environmental hazards to working populations of men and women.
The Department seeks to provide support to all deserving graduate students. Several types of support are available and include: research assistantships, teaching assistantships and instructorships. All supported students are provided a tuition waiver. Stipends for both master's and PhD students are competitive with other graduate institutions.