Department of Industrial and Information Engineering News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Making Ideas a Reality

Imagine a place where you get to convert ideas into tangible and functional prototypes. Professor Lee Martin in the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering had the big idea to start the Ideation Lab, or iLab, with his colleague, Professor Xueping Li.

Big Idea: Professor Uses Board Games to Teach Decision-Making


James Ostrowski, a professor in industrial and information engineering, devised a big idea to combat his students’ boredom: board games. Starting in the spring, Ostrowski will use board games to help students in Industrial Engineering 322 learn about operations research. Operations research is a sub-section of engineering that focuses on using “analytical methods to make decisions with large amounts of data,” Ostrowski said.

UT Hosts International Students for Unique Engineering Program

More than ninety students from developing countries will converge on the UT campus next month for a College of Engineering program to learn cutting-edge industrial engineering practices and gain cultural experiences. The program, called the Lean Enterprise Summer Program, is intended to allow students from different cultures to work together to accrue the technical knowledge of the practice of creating more value for consumers while using fewer resources and eliminating waste.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Rupy Sawhney

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Professor Rupy Sawhney, head of the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, wants to see departments at UT become more involved in their respective communities through their actions.