Across the globe, our graduates and our research are changing the world of advanced manufacturing, operations, and the service sectors. We are pushing the boundaries of 3-D printing, regenerative medicine, and health systems engineering. We’ve created a legacy of success by partnering with industry, government, and universities. We have some of the finest faculty and the most promising students studying engineering today.

Our program is on the move, demonstrating consistent multi-disciplinary excellence at the highest level. Our graduate program produces students who excel in both industry and academia. They are innovators, educators, and even Nobel Peace Prize recipients.

5 Research Areas

Unlike many industrial engineering departments, NC State offers a wide range of focus areas for our students.

Living in Raleigh

Year after year, Raleigh, NC ranks among the five best places in the country to live and work. With moderate weather (71°F avg temp), it’s only two hours from the beach and three hours from the mountains. Raleigh is both welcoming to families and individuals alike and is proud of its well educated workforce and multi-cultural environment.

Living in Raleigh


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Advanced Manufacturing

Come be a part of the new renaissance in US manufacturing. NC State industrial engineers are leading the way to a better future with lean, adaptable operations. Our focus is on addressing our nation’s most pressing manufacturing issues. We tackle industry challenges with the use of big data, automation and robotics. Nanomanufacturing and 3-D printing are cutting edge technologies we use as well.

Additive Manufacturing Program

Explore the next frontier of biotechnology and prepare for a career in an exciting field poised for explosive growth. NC State industrial engineers are moving regenerative medicine from discovery to commercialization. Our engineers collaborate with physicians, therapists and other medical and biotech professionals on advanced 3-D modeling, bioinformatics, surgical machining, pharmaceutical production, image processing, physiological signal processing, and biomechanics.

Biomedical Manufacturing Program

Health Systems Engineering

Whether it’s a natural disaster, the flu season or your doctor’s office, NC State’s industrial engineers are working to improve the effectiveness and quality of healthcare. Our Health Systems Engineering Program (HSE) focuses on the entire patient care cycle. This includes screening, vaccination, preventive medicine, diagnosis, treatment, medications, monitoring and checkups.

Health Systems Engineering Program

Our Health Systems Engineering Certificate Program, the first of its kind in North Carolina, is designed to prepare you for a career in the healthcare field. After successful completion of the program, you will receive a Health Systems Engineering Certificate which sets you apart and makes you more marketable for a future career in the healthcare industry.

Health Systems Engineering Certificate Program

Human-Systems Engineering

Join us as we solve the next generation of physical and cognitive performance issues. We design complex systems that involve human-computer interfaces. Our students and faculty are developing innovative ways to use brain-computer interfaces for neurorehabilitation. Our students develop skills in human performance measurement modeling, human-machine system design, human-computer interaction, occupational safety and risk management and occupational biomechanics. Our labs provide hands-on experience to apply the ergonomics theory, models, methods and design principles learned in the classroom.

Human-Systems Engineering Program

Production and Logistics Systems

Come help us improve the complex socio-economic systems that keep a global economy moving and growing. Our industrial engineers explore the governing principles of production systems. They do this with the goal of producing the goods we need in an affordable and sustainable manner.
Since the Industrial Revolution, production engineers have worked to improve the flow of materials through our factories.

Production Systems Program

Keep the materials, products, labor, and services of a growing global economy moving. NC State industrial engineers focus on managing the flow of these resources throughout the supply chain. Our students and faculty focus on designing systems that provide an excellent, consistent customer experience while keeping costs down through the efficient use of resources.

Logistics Engineering Program

Systems Analysis and Optimization

Become a next generation engineer with the skills to decode and apply insight into the analytics used by today’s top companies. The business world has learned that using “big data” offers a significant competitive advantage. So engineers with these skills are in greater demand than ever before.

Systems Analysis and Optimization Program


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