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 on campus.