Virginia Tech Industrial and Systems Engineering 2020 Department Intro
Good Morning, thank you for joining us today on this virtual Hokie Focus. We’d like to welcome you to Blacksburg and to say hello from the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. We are going to spend a few minutes today talking about our department and we do want to recognize that this is a huge decision for you, hopefully future Hokies, and we want you to come and join us here. So if you do have any questions that come up from our presentation today please feel free to join us in the chat room that’s happening during Hokie Focus we will be available from 9:40 to 11:40 a.m. Eastern Time today and we’d be happy to answer any of your questions there. But today what we’re gonna do is try and give you an overview of our department and we have some wonderful student representatives here in our department as well the ISE ambassadors, and so between the four of us we’re going to share a little bit about what we love about ISE and why we think it would be a good fit for you as a future Hokie. So thank you again for joining us we hope you and your loved ones are happy and healthy and safe during this very stressful time but again welcome to Hokie Focus. So this is me as you can see my hokie spirit is here today I am still getting up to speed on all this awesome online environment such as zoom but I do want to introduce myself I’m Maggie Johnson I am the undergraduate academic and career advisor for the department, I’m one of two undergraduate advisors and we support all of the students in the ISE department who are pursuing their undergraduate degree. And I’ll pass it off to my fellow presenters. Hi guys, my name is Mike, I’m a senior in ISE. I’m also an ISE ambassador and one of the reasons I chose ISE was that the major would give me a really high level perspective on how things work in business and that can be leveraged to find job in any kind of industry that you’re interested in Hey everyone, thanks for joining us today my name is Matt Carlington, I’m also a senior ISE ambassador. I think the reason I chose to be an ISE student was primarily just due to the community that I see department had. It’s a community that you don’t see so often with some of the other departments and I know some of my best friends have come out of the ISE Department so it’s been really a great experience. Hey guys, my name is Hannah, also a senior ISE ambassador. The reason that I chose ISE was just how open the department was, I was actually a transfer student when I first came in so it’s really great that the advisors have an open-door policy so I could go in anytime I had questions but there’s a lot you know with the curriculum and I decided to pursue a minor and so it was just really great like how open they were to all my questions, I’ve gotten to know the faculty really well, so much so that they actually recommended me for a co-op position which led to a full-time position and then also even our department head like she even has an open-door policy so I feel like I even got to know her and so it’s just been really great like how open the entire department is, that’s what I’ve loved about ISE So here are a few of the faculty and staff from our department Dr. Eileen Van Aken is a professor and our department head, Dr. John Shewchuk is an associate professor, the associate department head, and undergraduate program director, he handles a lot of the curriculum for the department, Maggie introduced herself earlier, the career advisor and a general academic advisor and our other academic advisor is Paula van Curen who also specializes in study abroad So a lot of people when they come to college definitely ask the question what is ISE, so like any other kind of engineering, ISE is problem-solving. With ISE, you’re going to do this at a very high level, you’re going to take into consideration a lot of different things like people, materials information, equipment, and energy. All of these things interact in different ways and what you have to do as an ISE is take a look at the constraints that are holding you back, make the best use of all of the resources that you have available and then use what you have to make the best decisions for your business So moving on from there, there are four main skill areas that ISE focuses in: manufacturing, human factors and ergonomics, operations research, and management systems Manufacturing as you might imagine could be working in an industrial factory
where your mass producing a product at scale or on the other hand you might be helping to plan and operate how these facilities work. Human factors and ergonomics, it deals with how people interact with any kind of system whether it’s a car or a chair or a website and it tries to make things safer and easier to use for people. Operations research is much more mathematical, one thing you might be doing is like using advanced math techniques to help an airline figure out if they have enough flight crews to manage all of their flights, make sure that every flight has a pilot, make sure that they’re not spending too much money on hotels for their flight crews and things of that nature and making sure to save costs. And management systems there are a lot of things that go into that, one of those things is consulting and helping businesses at a high level like transition for example to online learning or like online meeting systems which is very timely obviously, if they’re used to meeting them mainly in person. And now I’m gonna pass it off to Maggie to talk more about these specific courses and curriculum within ISE. Thank you, Mike So what’s great about the four key skill areas that Mike just described is that you are going to take classes in all four of those areas, so you get the opportunity as an ISE student to really get a breadth of knowledge to take into the field. In addition to our core curriculum in ISE you will build on the general skills you learn in your foundational math courses that you can see listed on this slide: linear algebra, differential equations, multivariable calculus, you’ll also do statistic courses, a physics requirement and computer programming as well, so a lot of those will come during the freshmen and sophomore years. And then in the ISE department you will start on our core curriculum. So we’ll give you general awareness of ISE, so an intro course, an engineering economy course, and a data management course, and then the courses you see listed under manufacturing and human factors and ergonomics, this is where you start the deeper dive into those four skill key skill areas. The photos on this page are from the manufacturing process laboratory and one of our Faculty’s research labs. The manufacturing process lab is a great experience for students where they are hands-on in our Harris Manufacturing Lab actually learning how to weld and use a lathe machine and all these other wonderful manufacturing tools that give students a really good understanding of what that industry is like. The other two skill areas are on the next slide and they cover operations research and management systems so like Mike was saying operations research is a really mass focused course that’s why we have you take those foundational math courses So you start with DOR, deterministic operations research, and then in your junior year you move on to probabilistic operations research and in your final year you’ll take a simulation course. Over the course of two semesters as well is your senior design capstone and that is a, like I was saying, a two-part course in fall and spring where you are assigned a team to work on that is working for a real-life client and this client has some sort of task or problem or project for you to really help the client improve upon. So throughout the course of the academic year you work with your team and then at the end of April you give a full senior symposium which are some of these pictures here, where you get to present your findings from the client and you present to the ISE Department and to our advisory board as well Throughout the rest of your curriculum you’re going to take ISE technical electives that are in the department to help you find a place that you would like to specialize in, so this is a good opportunity if you really like operations research to take additional classes in that area. If you want to instead have continued that breadth of knowledge you can take classes in additionally all the four skill areas through those technical electives Students will also complete the university required pathways to general education requirements and you will do an engineering science elective. All students are required to do statics but then in addition to that you get to choose another engineering science that is interesting to you. Our department is just under 600 students so we fluctuate between 572 to 590 and we have
about 22 percent of those are international students, 12 percent have self-identified as coming from an underrepresented group and then our gender breakdown is about 68 percent to 32 to 35 percent, it also fluctuates identifies women in our department So there’s a lot for students to do within the ISE department, so 83% of the students take an internship or co-op Usually with the co-op you take one to two semesters off, which is really common, it sounds really scary like to be a fifth year student but it’s really common. I think most of the senior ISE ambassadors are actually fifth years and I saw that last year as well from the ambassadors, so it’s really common to like get that really good work experience that you can’t gain in a classroom and there’s a time different opportunities in the four areas that we talked about So there’s manufacturing internships in this area you could travel to DC and do consulting, there’s just so many different things that are offered like with an ISE degree that they’re looking to give students really good experience Starting even in your freshman year like you can get manufacturing internships you can really get some good work experience and it’s really looked for on your resume when you go to the different Engineering Expo. Like they look for that experience I think you’re a lot you’re a lot more likely to get hired if you have an internship or a co-op and so then another thing that our students have really enjoyed, we talked about how Paula specializes in study abroad and that’s because it’s so common. So i, myself, have been on two study abroad trips that were just really cool and Paula gave me some really good advice, but 21 percent of our students are able to do study abroad or some short-term international travel that can relate to the coursework and so i’ve seen students take an entire year off just to travel, some of them even do like an exchange program which we have two of those in Brazil and Germany where you actually get to like be immersed in the culture and learn the language and it’s been a lot of fun and a lot of our students have really enjoyed that and we even do an international night that celebrates the study abroad experiences that the students have gained and then also the international students in the area so that’s really fun to learn about their experiences with that. So minors are really really common as you can see 43 percent. So a lot of students get a business minor that they can apply to consulting or if you’re interested in operations research you can get statistics or computer science like if you want to do software development a lot of room within the ISE curriculum in the classes you have to take to fit in classes that can be lead to a minor and some of them even in the case of the business minor several of the business classes can be substituted with ISE classes because the curriculum is so broad. And so 78 percent of the students attend a professional conference or symposium which includes IISE we actually hosted the IISE conference this year and so it’s a really great way to meet people, to build a network like what Matt talked about and so it’s just a really great way to grow the number of students that you know in other schools and then also the number of people within the industry that you can meet. So 42 percent of our students are a member of IISE, which I mention the conference before you can see all the picture on the left this is a really great student organization that does professional networking, and different events they host where you can do resume reviews and so they’re just a really great way to get involved with ISE and you can even join that your freshman year so you can go ahead and get involved in the ISE department. And the 19 percent of our students volunteer for ISE or the college or university regularly whether it’s through big event on the ISE department is big with the Relay for Life we do different ways to raise money for that and then we’re just really big into volunteering, The Ambassadors especially, so we just we love volunteering and giving back to like such a great department. And so here are some of the organizations obviously the biggest one IISE has the most students on the ISE ambassadors but you know which is ice another big one is alpha pi nu which is a professional Industrial Engineering Society it’s just a really great way to meet other high-performing students, they do like a cocoa and cram to where you can get together and study for difficult tests and they offer different professional ways to network as well and there’s so many like the Society of manufacturing engineers which I’m a part of I really enjoyed, and informs, human factors, and the American Society for engineering management, there’s just pretty much any of the four areas you might be interested in joining there’s definitely a student club or an
organization that you can be a part of And so another big part of the department is undergraduate research and so this is a great way to get to know the faculty and get to work with a real-world problem that the faculty have come up with and then they give you some kind of tasks to like help with it So like 29 percent of our students work with this I’ve done this myself to where we had to optimize a network of feed stock farms and so it was a lot of fun and really challenging and it’s a great way to in a learning environment apply what you’ve learned so far to a real-world problem and then the faculty can aid you and so rather than like an internship where you’re kind of out there and you have a boss that you have to work for this is a great way to get experience but within a learning environment and so there’s great projects that are going on right now which is data analytics with Dr. Jin, and smart manufacturing like flying robots, patient placing at Duke University like there’s just so many different ways that you can get involved in manufacturing, ergonomics and even human centered design. So it’s a lot of fun Thanks Hannah, so you know what Hannah talked about was a lot of the different ways to get involved throughout our department and throughout ISE, I’m gonna talk about as a little bit of the opportunities that ISE and the ISE department can present moving forwards. So following graduation eighty-four percent of our students start a full-time job so whether it’s sometime throughout you know the summer or in the fall and below you can see all the different industries that our students go into so you know recently consulting has been a really big hitter for our students taking up 26% of our students after they graduate but there’s also manufacturing logistics, finance, government work, health care, and a lot of different unknown industries that they go into. 11% attend graduate school once they graduate you know pursuing either a masters or PhD diploma and then five percent is undecided and this can be for any reason whether it’s taking a gap year or choosing to follow another passion that they have. So as you can see from this list we have a lot of great companies that our students go to and it’s a very diverse list. So we have from you know car manufacturing to the gas and oil industry to aerospace, distribution, consulting, just all over and that’s one of the great things about the ISE department in the ISE major is because we provide such a broad education opportunity there’s really a broad plethora of opportunities for you to go into when you graduate. It really depends on what your passions and interests are that determine where you end up as you can see the median starting salary is $68,000 out of college and that kind of applies from all the surveys that you know we send out to our students and get from them. So why ISE? I’m sure you’ve heard a lot already so I just want to touch really quickly on our program, the people in our program, and the opportunities that the ISE Department provides. So in our program we really do try and you know teach the best we can with the curriculum we have and one of the ways you’ve seen that is through the diversity of the curriculum, the ability to pursue one or multiple minors, undergraduate research, and the unique senior design opportunity that the ISE department provides. In the people, like Hannah touched on at the start of this presentation, we have incredible faculty and advisors who are always available who always have a you know open-door policy and you can really get in contact with super-easy. And then you know my personal favorite, the students and the people in the department themselves, some of my best friends have come from this department and from this major and I wouldn’t you know traded for anything else. And then opportunities like I just touched on the different student organizations that you can join in your you know we encourage people join more than one whether it’s in ISE or outside of ISE. The international experiences that we provide and then the breadth of job opportunities that you really do have once you graduate. One thing I do want to touch on is that the ISE department provides roughly a hundred and fifty thousand dollars for merit and need-based scholarships every single year. I know for someone pay my way through college this has impacted me tremendously throughout the last three
years, so it’s been a really cool opportunity to be impacted by that and then the other thing I want to touch on is that we’re currently ranked as the number fourth or I’m sorry we ranked as the fourth undergraduate industrial engineering program in the nation right now. So you know we’re up there with a lot of the Ivy League schools and a lot of other technical institutions and a lot of it is due to these three different reasons that I just talked about So with that being said you know we’re unfortunately not going to be able to be with you at this moment but we do have members waiting in a lobby ready to chat with all of you on the screen you’ll see a lot of the contact information for our to career advisors and then you can see a lot of our social media and where to you know follow ISE at We encourage you to stick around and ask any questions that you may have and just want to thank you for joining us today Thank you everyone, thank you to the three ambassadors who helped present about how wonderful we think our department is and we hope you enjoyed hearing a little bit about our department so again as Matt said I’d like to reiterate if you have any questions please feel free to ask them please feel free to contact the email listed there for myself or Paula Van Curen We are happy to take your questions at any time. So I hope you all have a great rest of your weekend and stay healthy out there, bye everyone Go Hokies!