Gannon University College of Engineering & Business Announces New Program
Posted: October 24, 2014
Gannon University has added a new Bachelor of Science
program in industrial engineering to begin in fall 2015.
Offered by the College of Engineering and Business, the program
is a response to the increasing demand for highly trained engineers
to design, organize and optimize increasingly complex processes in
manufacturing, healthcare, transportation and other industries.
W.L. Scheller, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and
Business, said the addition of the new department is another
example of innovation by the College.
"Industrial engineers enhance every operation. They design and
implement safe, healthy and productive workplaces in all
industries. Industrial engineers help companies get the most out of
their resources through controlling quality and optimizing
processes," Scheller said. "Erie has a great industrial tradition
and is developing a very strong healthcare sector and a wide
variety of services. Engineers trained at Gannon have served in
this community for more than 50 years. With this new program, we
hope to contribute to the development of new industries and
services here in the region, the nation and worldwide."
The curriculum will prepare graduates to design, develop,
implement and improve integrated systems using analytical,
computational and experimental practices. All graduating seniors
will qualify to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, which is
the first step toward professional licensure. Students are
encouraged to complete an internship with such local companies as
GE Transportation Systems, Industrial Sales & Manufacturing
Inc. or LORD Corporation, among others.
Students in the new industrial engineering program will enjoy
the opportunity to collaborate with other disciplines such as
mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and the Dahlkemper
School of Business. Additionally, there is the opportunity to
collaborate with entrepreneurs through Gannon's Small Business
Development Center and the Erie Technology Incubator, both located