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DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
Traditionally, the primary career paths of industrial engineers have been in the manufacturing industries. In the early 70s, various sectors of the service industries began employing industrial engineers in significant numbers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their businesses. In the meantime, the roles and responsibilities of industrial engineers have gone through changes of revolutionary magnitude because of changing technology, convergence of product and service businesses, globalisation of the supply chain, customisation of product requirements, increasing competition and dramatically compressed product life cycles.
The focus of the Industrial Engineering Department is to equip students with the knowledge, skill and tools to make contributions to the economv based on the definition that industrial engineering is a body of knowledge to enable the effective translation of business vision into reality and the continuous improvement of organisations.
Students are trained with a foundation of knowledge and skills in the mathemati- cal, physical, and social sciences, together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, to solve problems arising in a variety of different systems. lndustrial Engineering involvement with systems is at all stages, from initial conception and planning, through design and implemention, to management, and with the analysis and improvement of existing systems. lndustrial engineers are in a unique position to solve complex system problems in which people are important and integral elements.
Professor and Head of Department:
Mitchell M. TSENG, BSc National Tsing Hua; MSc, PhD Purdue Professor:
Joe H. MIZE, BSc Texas ~ e c h MSc, PhD Purdue Lecturers/Assistant Professors:
Ajay JONEJA, BTech Indian lnst of Tech; MSc, PhD Purdue Richard J. LINN, BTech, PhD Pennsylvania State; MSc Virginia Tech Jiyin LIU, BSc, MSc North Eastern Tech; PhD Nottingham
Liming LIU, BEng, MEng Huazhong Univ of Tech; PhD Toronto Heloisa H.O.M. SHIH, BSc, MSc San Paulo; PhD Yokohama National
Chuan-jun SU, BSc National Tsing Hua; MSc Tarleton State; PhD Texas A & M Yat-wah WAN, BSc Hong Kong, MSc TexasA & M; PhD UnivofCalifornia, Berkeley Visiting Lecturer/Assistant Professor:
Lorinda C. HU, BA Rutgers; MSc Maryland: PhD Southern California
The BEng programme in Industrial Engineering prepares students for both professional practice and pursuit of studies. ' ~ f t e r graduation, industrial enaineersfind emalovment oa~ortunities in aublicand arivatesectors of the societv. Thev can pursue careers jn both'technical and' managerial positions, and their intilectual capacity and technical skill sapplied either in manufacturing or service industries. Keeping the future needs of Hong Kong and South China in mind, this degree is designed to equip
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students with modem information technology based knowkdge with emphasis on design and process methodologies to improve both productivity and quality.
A voluntary internship programme will be established under which each student spends eight to ten weeks with a l&l sponsoring company or a government agency for industrial trainina durina a summer after the first year. A "sandwich" co-op programme may also be maie avaijable for students to spendtheir third year with a sponsoring firm.
The students then returns to HKUST for another year to complete the bachelor's degree.
Admission Requirements 1995-96
In addition to the general entrance requirements of the University, acceptable grades are required in 2 AL plus 2 AS subjects, or 3 AL subjects. The AL and AS subjects must be chosen from Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry. Computer Applications, Design and Technology, Engineering Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, and Pure Mathematics.
Curriculum for BEng in lndustrial Engineering
It should be noted that the third-year curriculum is provisional.
First Year FaN Semester
INDE 101 R lntroduction to lndustrial Engineering COMP 102 R Computer Fundamentals and Programming H&SS E Humanities and Social Science Elective (1) LANG 001 Language Skills Enhancement I
MATH 100 R lntroduction to Multivariable Calculus MECH 102 R Statics and Dynamics
INDE 110 R Computing in Industrial Applications COMP 171 R Data Structures and Algorithms ELEC 101 R Basic Electronics
MATH 113 R lntroduction to Linear Algebra MATH 244 C Applied Statistics
MECH 152 R Engineering Design l
Second Year Fall Semester
INDE 201 C Operations Research l [3-1-1:3]
INDE 223 R Engineering Economy [3-0-0:3]
CENG 151 R lntroduction to Materials Science and Selection [3-1-0:3]
H&SS E Humanities and Social Science Elective 13-0-0:31 MATH 150 R lntroduction to Ordinary Differential Equations i2-1-0:2j
MGTO 221 R Organisational Behaviour [4-0-0:4]
INDE 213 R Human Factor Engineering I INDE 215 C Manufacturing Processes I INDE 220 R Engineering Management INDE 225 R Operations Research II INDE 227 R Quality Engineering SClE E Science Elective
Third Year Fall Semester
INDE 310 R Integrated Production Systems [3-0-1131
INDE 313 R System Simulation [3-2-0131
INDE 315 R Manufacturing Systems [3-0-1131
INDE 397 R Industrial Engineering Project I [O-0-9:3]
INDE E Industrial Engineering Elective [3-0-0131 H&SS E Humanities and Social Science Elective [3-0-0:3]
INDE 398 R Industrial Engineering Project II [0-0-9:3]
INDE E Industrial Engineering Elective [3-0-0131 INDE E Industrial Engineering Elective [3-0-0:3]
H&SS E Humanities and Social Science Elective [3-0-0131 SB&M E Business and Management Elective 13-0-0131
(1) Students may be exempted from this course by the Language Centre. I
A minimum of 102 credits is required for the BEng programme in lndustrial Engineering.
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The Department of lndustrial Engineering offers postgraduate programmes leading to the degrees of Master of Science (MSc), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in lndustrial Engineering. Full-time and part-time options are available for the three degrees. Full-time students can take at most 12 credits (four courses) per semester whereas part-time students can take at most 6 credits (two courses) per semester.
The part-time option is intended for students who are working full-time. The tradeoff is a longer time for degree completion, about twice as long as for full-time students. Efforts are made to schedule postgraduate classes in the evenings on weekdays and on Saturdays. However, it is not possible to schedule all the classes in the evening. Though the Department will assist the students to request release time, it is the students' responsibility to secure it from their employers.
It is well known that industrial engineersare uniquely trainedfrom thetotal system perspective to practice as asystem integrator, as a cross-function trainer, and as achange facilitator. In addition to enaineering training, lndustrial Engineering also emphasises strategic issues, integrationrand customer-hentation. ~ e n e r a l l ~ , ihe industrial engi- neering discipline can be partitioned into four different tracks. The System Engineering track is designed to explore the methodologies and algorithmsfor complex system design, modelling and optimisation. The Human Factor Engineering track is orgainsed to study the physical and psychological factors affecting human performance in a system. The Manufacturing Systems track investigates the methodologies and skills used to design, implement, manage, and improve a manufacturing system. The Engineering Manage- ment track emphasises the strategic and customer-oriented issues in managing complex organisations. The postgraduate curriculum is designed along these four tracks to meet the different needs of students.
Master of Science (MSc) in lndustrial Engineering
The MSc degree requires a full-time student one and a half years after the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree. The MSc is primarily a course work degree preparing students to master advanced industrial engineering tools for industrial practice.
In the MSc programme, a student is required to take a minimum of 24 credits of approved course work. In addition, a student must complete an approved graduate project worth six credits. Of the 24 course credits, each student must take at least 12 credits of course work from his or her chosen area of concentration.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in lndustrial Engineering
The MPhil degree normally requires a full-time student one and a half years after the BEng degree. The MPhil is basically a research-oriented degree. It focuses on strengthening the students' background in their chosen areas of concentration, and exposing them to engineering research and development.
In the MPhil programme, students are required to take a minimum of 15 credits of approved course work plus the seminar course for two semesters and satisfactorily complete a thesis to demonstrate competency in engineering research. Students must take at least nine credits of course work from their concentration of choice.
Afaculty member of the Department serves as the thesis supervisor, and a thesis examinationcommittee isset up at leastsixweeks before theoral thesisexamination. Any student who intends to proceed to a PhD degree is strongly encouraged to enrol first in the MPhil programme. If a student participates in an industry-sponsored project and writes a thesis on a related topic, the thesis may be jointly supervised by afaculty member and an invited individual from the industry, who is intimately familiar with the student's research work.
Transfer students may be granted by the Postgraduate Studies Committee a partial waiver of credits towards fulfilling the course work requirement. Upon approval by the Postgraduate Studies Committee, a student may make up deficiencies in undergradu- ate preparation concurrently with his or her postgraduate work. Students must also demonstrate a sufficient command of English.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in lndustrial Engineering
The PhD programme caters to students who wish to pursue a career in advanced industrial research and development, or university research and teaching. The pro- gramme emphasises training in original thinking and independent research, and aims at developing a student's skills in identifying issues related to a practical application, formulating an original research project that addresses significant issues, and independ- ently creating an effective solution.
Requirements for the PhD Degree in lndustrial Engineering 1. Course Requirement
Students are free to design the course of study most suitable to their interests and needs. The course of study, which should cover a specialised area in industrial engineering and two minor areas, must be approved by the thesis committee. A minimum of 15 postgraduate course credits are required and two years full-time equivalent residency at the University are expected. Students are required to attend the seminar course every semester during their residency.
2. Qualifying Examination
A PhDstudent must pass a qualifying examination within the second year of study before proceeding further. This examination consists of two parts: a written examination to evaluate knowledge and preparation for PhD research supple- mented, if specified, by an oral component; and a written or oral examination in one of the student's minor areas. The second part may be waived for students who have demonstrated the ability and knowledge in a minor area either through advanced courses at HKUST or an acceptable postgraduate degree in the minor area.
3. Thesis Proposal and Preliminaly Examination I I
A PhD student must submit and defend a written thesis research proposal within one year of satisfying the qualifying examination. An oral examination by the thesis committee will determine the student's ability to formulate and conduct original research in the chosen area of interest.
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4. Thesis and Final Thesis Examination
Each PhD student must submit and defend a thesis describing significant original research completed at HKUST. The thesis will be reviewed by a thesis examination committee which will also conduct an oral examination.
A faculty member of the Department serves as the supervisor of a PhD student.
A thesis committee consisting of a minimum of three faculty members including the supervisor is set up at least six weeks before the date of the thesis proposal presentation.
At least two members of this committee are from Industrial Engineering. The membership of the thesis examination committee as specified by the University regulation, on page 41 of this Academic Calendar, is finalised no later than six weeks before the date of the final oral examination.
Faculty Research Interests
Professor Mitchell M. TSENG, Head of Department
Manufacturing system design, virtual teaming, business process engineering, service systems design and delivery.
Professor Joe H. MIZE, Professor
Systems Integration, simulation methodology, production control for integrated enter- prise.
Dr Lorinda C. HU. Assistant Professor
! Systems modelling and analysis, optimisation and control theory, computer communica-
itions network, mathematical modelling of ecological, agricultural and medical systems.
Dr Ajay JONEJA, Assistant Professor
Manufacturing processes, computer-aided manufacturing, computer-aided design, com- puter-aided process planning, computational geometry, and geometric reasoning.
Dr Richard J. LINN, Assistant Professor
CADICAM, process planning, concurrent design, manufacturing system planning and control, and business re-engineering.
Dr Jivina LIU. Assistant Professor
~ffedtivi scheduling and control of manufacturing systems using operations research, control theory, heuristic methods and computer technology to achieve high levels of resource utilisation and quick response to market.
Dr Liming LIU, Assistant Professor
~ueueing systems, inventory control, reliability systems, quality systems, telecommuni- cation networks analysis and control, manufacturing and service systems applications.
Dr Heloisa H.O.M. SHIH, Assistant Professor
Production management systems, computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) environ- ment, applications of artificial intelligence, OR and Petri net modelling to industrial engineering problems, project management systems.
Dr ChuanJun SU, Assistant Professor
Computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), geometrical solid modelling and flexible automated systems.
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Dr Yat-Wah WAN, Assistant Professor
Applied stochastic process, queueing theory, simulation, and stochastic modelling and scheduling.