Welcome to the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Department!


Best Colleges - Engineering Programs 2019 U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly industrial/manufacturing engineering as the No. 1 (BEST) undergraduate program in the nation among all non-PhD granting universities in 2020.

From the Faculty

We see our mission as to educate the best engineers for California, the country, and the world. Our students have a strong foundation in theory – many of them go on to graduate schools - but the education we provide our students makes them sound, practicing engineers from the moment they graduate. In fact, our industrial partners tell us that they seek out our graduates because, in their words, “they hit the ground running.” 

Mission Statement

To inspire and educate students for successful careers as engineering professionals using a learn-by-doing approach that develops students’ abilities to design and implement innovative, effective solutions for improving processes and systems in society, business, and industry.

Learn by Doing

Our main focus is to prepare graduates for practice in professional engineering. Our “learn by doing” philosophy is emphasized in the curriculum by the large number of design-centered laboratories, integrating design throughout the curriculum, and the senior project capstone design experience. These prepare graduates for careers in: operations management, production planning and scheduling, facility design, human factors design, data analysis and decision-making, quality control and reliability, economic and resource planning, and process improvement.

           Students working on IME project outdoors    Student group working in lab 

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Students: 30% female, 300 undergraduate, 50 graduate, award winning (professional competitions, papers, events), scholar-athletes

Faculty: 35% female, available to students, sustain teaching excellence, award winning (best teacher, student support, diversity, innovation, research, papers)

Alumni: Distinguished and diverse careers, CEOs/Presidents/VPs, Cal Poly Honored Alums, Cal Poly Honorary Doctorate, Olympic Gold Medalist

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