About Us

What is Industrial and Systems Engineering? (IISE Official Definition)

Industrial and Systems Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skill in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.

 National History

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, founded in 1948, helps its members improve complex organizations around the world and across industries.

Within a year of its inception, membership consisted of 1,279 members, including 938 students, 2 senior chapters and 10 university chapters. The first convention was held in June 1950 and has continued annually since that time. By 1958, membership had escalated to 6,500 members with 80 chapters and climbed to 12,000 by 1960. Throughout their careers, members turn to IISE for tools and connections that provide an integrated and systemic perspective to business challenges. Solving complex problems is our common objective.

 Originally known in the US as the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, the word American was dropped in 1981 to truly reflect the international origins of it’s growing membership base. At that time, the organization officially became the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Industrial Management Magazine was added to the product line. In 2016, the membership voted to change the name of the organization to the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers to reflect the growing changes and resposibilities of Industrial Engineers.

 Chapter Mission

To provide knowledge, training, networking opportunities and recognition to enhance the skills and effectiveness of the industrial and systems engineering profession and those individuals involved with improving quality and productivity.


2018 – 2019 UH IISE Officers

President: Amanda Khem

Vice President: Celine Gebara

Treasurer: Ismael Baqdounes

Membership Coordinator: Omar Radwan

Secretary: Sofia Martin

Activities Coordinator: Poria Dorali 

Logistics Coordinator: Oussama Belmokadem

Webmaster: Krystal Ashby