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Iowa State’s IMSE grad program climbs four spots in 2020 rankings

IMSE faculty and staff pose during the 2018-19 IMSE Faculty and Staff Retreat.

Iowa State University’s graduate program in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering climbed four spots from last year, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

The 2020 Best Graduate School Rankings gave Iowa State’s industrial engineering graduate program a score of 3.0 (on a scale of 5.0) which ranks 24th nationally, tied with the University of Arizona, University of Pennsylvania, and Clemson University. The 2019 rankings placed ISU in a tie for 28th.

Ninety-one industrial engineering programs were surveyed in the 2020 rankings which were based solely on peer assessments by industrial engineering department heads across the nation.

“Our goal is excellence in all aspects of our work, research, teaching and service to profession,” said Gül E. Kremer, Therkildsen Chair and Professor. “Based on my analysis, I associate the increase in our research productivity to the upward move in rankings. I am grateful for the synergy in our department; results such as this are not possible without faculty, staff and students working towards the same vision.”

Iowa State’s overall College of Engineering rank climbed from tied for 43rd in 2019 to tied for 41st in 2020.