Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering College of Engineering Northeastern University

Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering College of Engineering Northeastern University


Northeastern University Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Northeastern University's Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) is housed within the school's prestigious College of Engineering. Graduate students in the MIE department have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned faculty members across Northeastern's departments and through partnerships with outside institutions and organizations. The department also participates in the university's innovative cooperative education program, which allows students the opportunity to develop industry experience while still enrolled as students. Through these opportunities, students can create individualized degree tracks that are tailored to their personal interests and experience.

The MIE department offers students graduate degrees in 12 interdisciplinary programs. Each of the programs stresses problem solving and teamwork skills, to create a comprehensive educational environment that results in both professional and technical excellence.

Doctoral Degree in Industrial Engineering

The MIE department offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering to successful qualifying students. Industrial engineers work to study, improve, and optimize manufacturing and service processes. Through Northeastern's PhD program, students are provided with a rigorous program of advanced coursework that focuses on the mathematical and computational methods required to be successful in their chosen field.

Students can be admitted to the program after completing their master's degrees, or directly following their bachelor's programs. Doctoral students must complete 8 credit hours of work towards a minor area of study, and a total of 48 hours of coursework beyond the bachelor's level, or 24 hours beyond their master's. PhD graduates are proficient in a multitude of areas related to industrial engineering, including engineering computation, materials science, operations research, and software engineering.

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

The MIE department offers a Master of Science (MS) in Industrial Engineering to students interested in perfecting their skills and knowledge in the mathematical and computer methods related to engineering, manufacturing, and service. Students may choose from 3 tracks: with thesis, with project, or coursework only. Students completing theses must devote 8 hours of coursework to that endeavor, and students completing a research project must take a 4-credit project course.

Industrial engineering students may choose from a variety of electives and are not bound by any category of courses. Examples of electives available include Concepts of Object-Oriented Design, Human-Computer Interaction, and Financial Management for Engineers.

Access to Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Laboratories

The MIE department supports 8 state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary research laboratories, and co-supports 2 additional research centers with the National Science Foundation. Research opportunities available through these centers cover a wide range of interests related to various areas of mechanical and industrial engineering. For instance, the Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory (AMPL) conducts research in many areas related to materials processing, from composite coatings to ultrasonic welding. Equipment at the AMPL includes an atmosphere-controlled semisolid forming apparatus, and both high-temperature and low-temperature UDS apparatuses.

Supported by an Award-Winning Faculty

Faculty members from the College of Engineering have been widely recognized for their achievements in education and research, and include 5 individuals who have held the most prestigious young investigator awards from the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. Remaining faculty members in the MIE department are also invested in developing and sharing innovative research solutions.

For instance, Dr. Surendra M. Gupta is the director of the Laboratory for Responsible Manufacturing at Northeastern, and has authored over 400 technical papers in relation to his research. Dr. Gupta has over 30 years of teaching experience, and has traveled to all 7 continents. Dr. Yingzi Lin currently directs the Intelligent Human-Machine Systems Laboratory and co-directs the Virtual Environments Laboratory. She has accepted 9 career awards and honors for her innovative research, and has held a number of professional appointments during her career. Dr. James C. Benneyan is a leading authority on healthcare systems engineering, and currently directs 3 advanced research centers. An additional 7 engineering research centers and laboratories have received over $32 million in funding while under his direction.

Faculty research interests cover a wide range of topics related to industrial engineering. Some current topics of interest include environmentally conscious manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, comparative effectiveness, and queueing theory.

Financial Aid Opportunities

Northeastern University's financial aid office is committed to helping students find the funds needed to complete their degrees. Through the financial aid office, Boston residents find more than $10.5 million in financial assistance each year. In addition to federal loans and grants, Northeastern offers graduate students a number of departmental research and teaching assistantships. Additional graduate student resources include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduate Fellowship for African-American students with solid academics and financial need; the Double Husky Scholarship for students with a bachelor's from Northeastern; and the Graduate Dean's Scholarship for students in the top third of their incoming classes.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Northeastern University -- An Experiential Research University

Northeastern University was founded in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts, and today stands as one of the nation's premier experiential research universities. Students in Northeastern's nine schools and colleges are given educations that go beyond traditional instruction, to develop skills in topics that meet the current and future needs of global society, particularly in the rapidly growing areas of health, security, and sustainability.

Northeastern is also considered one of the most climate conscious universities in the country. It is a founding member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at higher education institutions. The university has also been awarded the highest score among Boston-based universities on the Sustainable Endowments Institute's 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Dr. Hameed Metghalchi
Boston, MA 02115-5096
Phone: 617-373-2973
Fax: 617-373-2921

Contact Info
Jeffery Hengel
Admissions Specialist
Boston, MA 02115-5096
Phone: 617-373-2711
Fax: 617-373-2501

Degrees & Award

Programs Offered:
Offers Engineering Management (MS); Industrial Engineering (MS, Phd); Mechanical Engineering (MS, Phd); Operations Research (MS).
Degree Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S, Thesis (For Some Programs); For Doctorate, Thesis/Dissertation, Departmental Qualifying Exam.
Degree Program Information:
Part-Time Programs Available.


Entrance Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S And Doctorate, GRE General Test. Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL (Minimum Score 550 Paper-Based; 213 Computer-Based; 80 Ibt).
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 1/15 Priority Date For Domestic Students, 1/15 For International Students; For Spring Admission, 11/1 Priority Date For Domestic Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
616 Applicants, 77% Accepted, 140 Enrolled.

Student Body

Student Population:
297 Full-Time (70 Women), 103 Part-Time (20 Women).


34 Full-Time, 7 Part-Time/Adjunct.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
In 2011&Ndash;12, 79 Students Received Support, Including 50 Research Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements Available (Averaging $18,325 Per Year), 33 Teaching Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements Available (Averaging $18,325 Per Year); Fellowships With Full Tuition Reimbursements Available, Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork, Federal Work-Study, Scholarships/Grants, Health Care Benefits, And Unspecified Assistantships Also Available. Support Available To Part-Time Students. Financial Award Application Deadline: 1/15; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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