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Systems and Industrial Engineering - Graduate Programs

Overview: 

The Systems and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arizona is dedicated to preparing students, advancing knowledge and providing service to improve the quality of life in our diverse and increasingly technological world. The departmental mission is to:

• Provide high quality education, and a basis for lifelong learning of the engineering and scientific knowledge required for analysis, design, improvement, and evaluation of integrated systems of people, computers, material, and equipment - as embodied in the disciplines of industrial engineering, operations research, systems engineering, engineering management, and like fields.

• Lead in research in key areas within the discipline, with particular relevance to systems of strategic importance to the state and the nation such as manufacturing, telecommunications, transportation, health-care, service, and environmental systems.

• Provide professional service and academic leadership in the disciplines of the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department, within the university, industries, governmental agencies, private and public organizations, and professional societies. The SIE department offers degrees at all levels: BS, MS, and PhD, as follows: BS in Systems Engineering, BS in Industrial Engineering, BS in Engineering Management, MS in Systems Engineering, MS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, and PhD in Systems and Industrial Engineering. 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

<PhD Program>

By completion of the PhD program in Systems and Industrial Engineering, a student will:

  • (Outcome 1) acquire the fundamental knowledge (statistics, stochastic modeling, optimization, systems theory) in the SIE domain
  • (Outcome 2) develop skills in critical review/analysis of literature in his/her area of research
  • (Outcome 3) formulate and analyze an in-depth original research problem
  • (Outcome 4) effectively communicate ideas and results via written and verbal communication

<MS Programs>

By completion of the MS program in Systems and Industrial Engineering, a student will:

Assessment Activities: 

<PhD Program>

The SIE PhD program requires a student to complete a qualifying exam on SIE fundamental knowledge, written and oral comprehensive exams based on coursework and the student’s proposal for research, and a dissertation defense.  These existing assessment activities are used together with an exit survey to gather program level assessment data.

Attachments
SIE PhD Program Assessment via Oral and Final Defense.pdf
Online Exit Survey for SIE PhD Students.pdf

 

<MS Program>

The SIE MS program (selecting report/thesis options) requires a student to complete a written report/thesis and an oral defense.  These existing assessment activities are used together with an exit survey to gather program level assessment data.

Attachments
SIE MS Program Assessment via Defense.pdf
Online Exit Survey for SIE MS Students.pdf

 

 

Assessment Findings: 

In response to its 2014 Academic Program Review, the department of Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) collected the data during the academic year 2016-2017, and the results were analyzed on Aug. 19, 2017, and the findings are stated in this section.  In addition, the results analyzed in August 2015 (see "3_Assessment Findings.pdf") and in August 2016 (see "3_Assessment Findings_August_16.pdf") are also available in the "Attachment" section at the bottom of this page.

<PhD Program>

The four outcomes of PhD program are assessed through two ways: i) the SIE PhD program assessment forms for each PhD student, filled by the supervision committee during the oral comprehensive and final dissertation defense; ii) the online exit survey for each PhD student, provided by each graduated student.

More specifically, the findings are listed as follows:

  • Outcome 1 is assessed by students’ exit survey (the 1st question). All students believe that their experiences in acquiring fundamental knowledge in SIE domain are either excellent or good.
  • Outcome 2 is assessed by assessment forms collected during oral comprehensive exam (the 1st question) and final defense (the 1st question), and exit survey (the 2nd question). Comparing the results of oral comprehensive exam and final defense, the faculty committee members think PhD students’ skills in critical review/analysis of literature improved significantly from neutral levels to excellent levels. All students believe that their experiences in developing skills in critical review/analysis of literature are either excellent or good.
  • Outcome 3 is assessed by assessment forms collected during oral comprehensive exam (the 2nd question) and final defense (the 2nd question), and exit survey (the 3rd question). All students believe that their experiences in performing in-depth research are either excellent or good. The faculty committee members notice that students make progress from oral exam to final defense.
  • Outcome 4 is assessed by assessment forms collected during oral comprehensive exam (the 3rd and 4th questions) and final defense (the 3rd and 4th questions), and exit survey (the 4th question). For both written and oral communication skills, improvements are observed from oral comprehensive exam to final defense. All students believe that their experiences in communicating ideas and results are either excellent or good.
Attachment
Assessment Findings.pdf

 

<MS Programs>

The three outcomes of MS programs are assessed through two ways: i) the SIE MS program assessment forms for each MS student, filled by the supervision committee during the final defense; ii) the online exit survey for each MS student, provided by each graduated student.

More specifically, the findings are listed as follows:

  • Outcome 1 is assessed by students’ exit survey (the 1st question). Most students believe that their experiences in acquiring in-depth knowledge within a particular area of study and complementary knowledge from a related area in SIE are either excellent (20%) or good (60%), while 20% of students think their experiences are neutral, fair or good.
  • Outcome 2 is assessed by assessment forms collected during thesis/project defense (the 1st question), and exit survey (the 2nd question). The faculty committee members think 77% of MS students are conducting excellent or good original results, while 73% of MS students believe that they are doing excellently or good.
  • Outcome 3 is assessed by assessment forms collected during thesis/project defense (the 2nd and 3rd questions), and exit survey (the 3rd question). The faculty committee members think 77% of MS students can effectively communicate ideas and results in both write-ups and oral presentations, while 87% of MS students believe that they are doing excellently or good.
Attachment
Assessment Findings.pdf

 

Change in Response to Findings: 
In response to its 2014 Academic Program Review, the department of Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) collected the data during the academic year 2016-2017, and the results were analyzed in August 2017.
 
During the department faculty meeting on August 19, 2017, the findings from assessments were discussed, and some changes were proposed on collecting the data, performing the assessments and implementing the improvements:
  • Faculty members, department staff and graduate students will continue working together to collect the data for each PhD/MS student when she/he enters, stays, and exits the program;
  • The graduate advisor of SIE department will continue assuming the responsibility for entering all collected data and sharing with graduate studies committee for analysis and implementation of improvements;
  • The graduate studies committee will continue assuming the responsibility for overseeing all assessment activities at the graduate level, sharing analysis results, and leading programmatic changes based on data;
  • The graduate studies committee of SIE department will consider adding one direct assessment activity to measure each of the outcomes in the MS program for online students;
  • To response students’ concern on service of career opportunities, we will encourage our students to use the resources provided by UA Student Engagement & Career Development, Graduate & Professional Student Council, and attend workshops organized by INFORMS Student Chapter, and many others on campus;
  • To improve students’ abilities in writing and literature review, we will encourage our students to participate the Writing Skills Improvement Program provided by Graduate Writing Institute, and tutorials provided by University Libraries.
In addition, suggested changes in response to findings in August 2015 (see "4_Changes in Response to Findings.pdf") and in August 2016 (see "4_2016_Changes in Response to Findings_August_16") are also available in the "Attachment" section at the bottom of this page.
 
 
Updated date: Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:46