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Industrial Engineering

Each Ph.D. 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 adviser and the advisory and examining committee.

The department is in the unique position in the United States of having two complimentary graduate programs in industrial hygiene and safety accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET. 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, manufacturing and ergonomics.

Career Profile

The most common job titles for our industrial engineering graduates are: Industrial Engineer/Manufacturing Engineer - 29%; Logistics Supply Chain Engineer - 18%; Consultant - 18%; Sales Engineer - 18%. Since 2000, 23% of our Industrial Engineering graduates have risen to a position of vice president or higher in their company.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

April 1

Spring Deadline

October 1

Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Faculty Profile

Dr. Kenneth R. Currie

Ken Currie, P.E., Ph.D., is Professor & Chair of the Industrial & Management Systems Engineering Department within the Statler College of Engineering at West Virginia University. Prior to July 2014, Currie was Director of the Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR) at Tennessee Technological University, an Accomplished Center of Excellence within the State of Tennessee. He has taught numerous courses during his thirty-year academic career including Design for Manufacturability, Facilities Design, and Industrial Simulation. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Currie also held positions as an industrial engineer at ALCOA Warrick Operations and Honeywell Solid State Electronics Division. Dr. Currie has been an active researcher, serving as either Principal or Co-Principal Investigator of over $9 million in externally funded research with a client list that includes the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, National Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Lennox Heating & Air Conditioning, Saturn Corporation, Northrop Grumman, (ESSD), The Aerostructures Corporation, and several other smaller industries. Currie has also served as Associate Director of the DOE-funded Industrial Assessment Center at Tennessee Tech University, which offers energy assessments to small & medium-sized industrial clients at no cost to the industry. He has attained the following energy and energy management certifications; (1) Certified Practitioner of Energy Management Systems, Industrial; (2) Certified Practitioner for Superior Energy Performance Verification, Industrial; and (3) Qualified Specialist in AirMaster+ for compressed air systems.

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