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I chose IE because I enjoy the variety of topics in Industrial Engineering such as statistics, mathematics, analytics, and the focus on efficiency. I am also interested in healthcare, and felt this major would allow me to have a career in the field while focusing on skills that I have developed a passion for.Alec JacobsonParticipant
I honestly had no idea which engineering I wanted to go into and the reason I chose IE was because I heard that it is very broad and you can go into a lot of different types of jobs from it, and because of the business and Econ classes that are in the curriculum (Accounting, Econ 101, 313).Ryan GarleyParticipant
I originally came to UW Madison as a mechanical engineering major and made the switch to ISyE my sophomore year. I am currently a rising senior and love the decision I made to switch. From my experiences, ISyE gives a great understanding of business and engineering principles that are unique to only this major. The degree gives a great set of skills that are applicable to almost any industry.Elias SobahParticipant
Similar to many ISyE and engineering students, coming into college I had a strong passion for math and sciences. This led me to gravitate towards the College of Engineering. Additionally, I’ve always had an interest in business and the potential of running my own operations one day. My goals were to be in a program that would give me the technical acumen and skills needed to be an engineer, while also preparing me with essential business skills. With these in mind, I felt ISyE was the way to go.Brittney DeBoerParticipant
I chose IE because it allowed me to have a broad understanding of many engineering principles. I wanted to learn about economics as well and I thought that IE would be a good fit for me. It also helps that IE’s seem to always be in demand in the job market!Gwyneth SimonParticipant
I came into UW as a BME student but I knew from before even beginning that I would not enjoy that path. I thought about switching to a business degree but then I stumbled upon industrial engineering. I had previously not known this was a major option at UW but it was the perfect blend of engineering/stem with a more big picture application into the business world. Also, IE allows me to take a variety of healthcare courses which is still an industry that I feel most passionate about and would like to pursue a career in post-graduation. I am totally biased but IE is one of the best majors at UW because there is an infinite number of options to pursue upon completing an undergraduate degree. IE was the best decision that I have made and I know many others on this forum agree with me on that.Dhivya UmachandranParticipant
I switched into Industrial Engineering after being a Chemical Engineering major for a year. One of the things that I like about IE is the involvement in different facets of the industry; be it supply chain, manufacturing operations, healthcare, operations research, or even economics, I think Industrial Engineering is a very diverse major that gives you the chance to explore your passion without being bound to a particular set of classes that must be taken. For example, Chemical Engineering classes build on each other, but IE classes, for the most part, don’t. If there is something you don’t like in IE, there are 5 other specializations you can choose from but I don’t know how applicable this is to other engineering majors.Ian LeonhardtParticipant
From the very beginning, I was so torn between majoring in a business field and an engineering field. What I came to find was that industrial engineering was the exact type of major I was searching for because it was allowed me to pursue an engineering degree while also have the opportunity to learn more about the engineering behind business which is fascinating to me. I hadn’t heard about IE from many people and to me it seemed like a major that not many people knew about. The part that drew me to it the most was how diverse the paths you can take are and the fact that there is now an option to have a focus on a specific type of industrial engineering makes it so much better. IE is so flexible in the classes you take because you can choose what you find the most interesting in each different field and in addition there is such a wide range of career paths that can be taken.Nicholas TamParticipant
I think it is the broadest and most practical engineer for the future.. You can work in management, as a consultant, etc. You also learn the most topics across different fields.Grant Matthew SmithParticipant
I chose to become an ISyE major my sophomore year of college. I started as an aerospace engineer, but decided that I would be better off in the business world (Ops/Supply Chain). ISyE was a great way for engineers to learn how to think critically in a business environment and manage/plan small projects.