Industrial Engineering

Department Chair: Kurt Rolle
Office: 040 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608-342-1426
Contact: Pat Jinkins, Program Coordinator
Office: 026 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608-342-1714
Swaminathan Balachandran
Jill M. Clough
Assistant Professors:
Patricia Jinkins
Program Assistant:
Robin White


Industrial Engineering
Production Emphasis
Management Emphasis
Mechanical Engineering

About The Department & Major

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers two Bachelor of Science Degrees: Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. The two disciplines have complementary aspects and provide opportunities for close cooperation between them. The departmentís mission is to provide an open, student-friendly environment with frequent student-faculty interaction that results in a high quality undergraduate mechanical or industrial engineering education and enables our graduates to practice their profession with pro?ciency and integrity.

Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, and technology. Industrial engineers combine a knowledge of mathematics, physical sciences, and social sciences with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design. At one time, industrial engineers were employed mainly in manufacturing. Today, however, they are employed by both manufacturing and service industries, which has increased the demand for industrial engineers.

Industrial engineers are generalists rather than specialists. Therefore, the industrial engineering curriculum at UWPlatteville covers a broad range of topics related to engineering practice. It includes study in engineering science topics as well as in each major specialty within industrial engineering. In addition, students are required to fulfill general university requirements in the humanities, physical sciences, social sciences, and other areas. The main purpose of the industrial engineering curriculum is to prepare new engineers to practice at the frontiers of engineering knowledge and professional practice immediately after graduation.

Educational Goals and Objectives

  1. To provide students with a strong foundation in engineering, mathematics, science, and current industrial engineering practices, accompanied by experience solving structured and unstructured problems using conventional and innovative solutions.

  2. To enhance students' communication and interpersonal skills through a variety of individual and team-related activities, both multi-functional and intra-disciplinary.

  3. To provide students with an understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of an engineer and the impact of engineering solutions on society and the global environment.

  4. To prepare students to effectively describe the problem, analyze the data, develop potential solutions, and present the results using their oral, written, and electronic media skills.

  5. To make students aware of the need for continued professional growth through the understanding of contemporary developments in industrial engineering.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for Graduation 126 credits
Major Studies 95 credits

Industrial Engineering Major (92 credits)

Industrial Engineering Technical Electives

Each student must complete one of the following areas with a minimum of 12 credits.


At least 6 credits from the following courses:

Engineering Management

At least 6 credits from the following courses:

Mechanical Engineering

Department Chair: Kurt C. Rolle
Office: 015 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608-342-1721
Tamer Ceylan
Lang-Wah Lee
Daryl L. Logan
Stanislaw A. Lukowski
John Mirth
Prathivadi B. Ravikumar
Kurt C. Rolle
Associate Professors:
David N. Kunz
Michael E. Momot
Lynn M. Schlager
Assistant Professor:
David Kraemer
John P. Iselin
Jeffrey M. Hoerning
Program Assistant:
Gerald J. Lolwing

About The Department & Major

Mechanical engineers meet the needs of society in many important ways including the creative planning, development, and operation of mechanical systems for using energy, machines, and resources; the use and commercial conversion of energy to provide heat, cooling, transportation, and power; the design and production of labor-saving machines; and the processing of materials into useful products. Mechanical engineers serve such diverse areas as energy, mechanical systems, robotics, automation, environment, transportation, heating and cooling systems, bioengineering, manufacturing systems, and electronics. Mechanical engineering is an exciting and challenging profession for women and men.

The main purpose of the mechanical engineering curriculum is to develop in each student a thorough understanding of fundamental theory, augmented and illustrated by practical application. It provides a balance between engineering science and engineering design, complemented with a strong liberal arts education. The faculty members are dedicated to providing students with personal attention needed for maximum development of skills.

Educational Goals and Objectives

  1. Graduate proficient mechanical engineers with a strong background in the technical areas.

    1. Ability to apply mathematics and basic sciences to solve practical problems.
    2. Solid background in engineering sciences and design.
    3. Solid background in computer tools and methods.
    4. Solid background in experimental methods.
    5. Sufficient flexibility in curriculum so that students may pursue individual interests.
  2. Graduate mechanical engineers with strong professional skills.

    1. Communication skills including oral, written, and graphical.
    2. Teamworking skills.
    3. Awareness of and ability to effectively deal with a wide range of societal issues, such as aesthetic, economic, environmental, legal, and social, that shape engineering decision making.
    4. Familiarity with the design process in a broad sense, including project planning, project management, and implementation.
  3. Graduate engineers who understand the need for and have the capability and motivation to pursue continual professional development:

    1. Ability to keep up to date with current engineering practices, procedures and tools.
    2. Ability to successfully pursue graduate or professional study.
  4. Graduate engineers who are familiar with ethics and professionalism.

    1. Understanding of ethical principles and typical dilemmas faced by practicing engineers.
    2. Familiarity with the laws pertaining to the professional practice of engineering and the responsibilities of engineers.
  5. Graduate engineers with a well-rounded education to become quality citizens.

    1. Solid liberal arts and social science background to develop connections between engineering and social and humanistic issues.
    2. Support a variety of activities to enhance and broaden the students' opportunities technically and socially.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for Graduation 131 credits
Major Studies 100 credits

Mechanical Engineering Major (100 credits)

Professional Engineering Courses (Minimum "C" average required)

Technical Electives (9 credits)