K.L.Needy & Ö. Arısoy; "Grad Studies in IE at the Univ. of Pittsburgh"
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Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Graduate Studies in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh


Kim LaScola Needy, Ph.D., P.E., CFPIM and Özlem Arısoy, M.S.


The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) was founded in 1787.  One of the leading universities in the United States, it’s a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities.  The urban campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh is 132-acre site adjacent to the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medial Center, Carnegie Mellon University, and Schenley Park.  The on-campus Petersen Events Center hosts many sporting events and concerts as well as other special events.  In addition to the activities on campus, the city is known for a rich tradition of cultural and professional sporting teams including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Carnegie Museum of National History, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the world Champion Pittsburgh Steelers football team.

The Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh was accredited in 1921, making it one of the five oldest IE departments in the world.  It boasts a progressive curriculum, state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, and an active and diverse faculty. Faculty conduct cutting-edge research in the areas of operations research, engineering management, and new product development and manufacturing. In 2006, U.S. News & World Report ranked the department 20th. 

One of the thrust areas within the department is engineering management.  Examples of recent projects include:  Design for Supply Chain, Integrated Decision Making for Outsourced Global Supply Networks, The Economics of Green Building Construction, Activity Based Costing Systems for Small Design and Manufacturing Firms, Incorporating the Human Element in Cellular Manufacturing, Development of a Lean Activity Based Scorecard, Critical Factors Affecting Successful Enterprise Governance, Six Sigma and Small Manufacturers, and The Economic Benefits of ISO 9000 and the Baldrige Award. 

This seminar will detail graduate study opportunities at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Industrial Engineering including an overview of some of the interesting research projects within the engineering management domain.  It will also discuss the women-friendly environment within the department.  Afterwards, we will be available for a limited number of personal interviews for those seeking application for graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh or for anyone who wants to learn more about the wonderful educational opportunities at Pitt.


Kim LaScola Needy is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University.  Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Needy accumulated nine years of industrial experience while working at PPG Industries and The Boeing Company.  Her research interests include activity based costing, engineering economic analysis, engineering management, and integrated resource management.  Dr. Needy is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  She is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Kansas.

Özlem Arısoy has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a Ph.D. candidate there. Her research interests include strategic multicriteria decision making, outsourcing logistics, and global supply networks.

July 27, 2006, 12:40, Q&A: 13:30-14:30, FENS 2019