Industrial Engineering (glossary)

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The design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skill in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems (IIE 1992).


IIE. 1992. Industrial Engineering Terminology, Revised Edition. Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). Accessed 7 March 2012. Available at



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