Industrial Engineering Body of Knowledge

What is industrial engineering?

Industrial 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.

What is the Industrial Engineering Body of Knowledge?

These documents represent a repository of essential information for industrial engineering (IE) and is made up of knowledge areas representing a taxonomy of relevant IE concepts. The Industrial Engineering Body of Knowledge (IEBoK) is composed of 12 knowledge areas. Each knowledge area is represented by an outline that defines what needs to be known to achieve a mastery in the field of IE. A list of references is included in each knowledge area providing the reader with a resource to the requisite detail necessary to obtain a mastery of the areas provided in the IEBoK. In addition, a section of Related Topics is provided that includes closely associated areas with which an IE should be familiar.

Body of Knowledge Governing Board 2019 - 2021

Diana Berry, BoK Governing Board Chair, Supply Chain Specialist, Harsco Rail, ISE Vice President Technical Operations
Diana works as a Supply Chain Specialist at Harsco Rail in Columbia, S.C. During her tenure at IISE, Diana has performed a variety of roles including Sustainability track chair, Annual Conference Program Chair, speaker, moderator. Diana was the founder of two of IISE Divisions, Logistics and Supply Chain and Sustainability.  She holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently one of the IISE Vice President of Technical Operations.

Alison M. Knight, Senior Process Improvement Consultant, Carilion Clinic
Alison, P.E. is currently working as a Senior Process Improvement Consultant at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. She received her bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. After graduation, Alison worked for TranSystems as a simulation analyst and then earned her MSE in Systems Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2011, she began her career in healthcare at Mayo Clinic where she brought her engineering skills to both project-based and operations management roles. In 2013, Alison earned her professional engineering license. In 2019, she transitioned to Carilion Clinic where she works within the Quality Department to improve patient outcomes and reduce patient harm through system design.

Joel Brock, Director Operations Excellence, West Monroe Partners
Joel is a business and technology consultant based in Chicago IL.  He attended Northern Illinois University where he graduated with a BSIE in 2000  and a MSIE in 2009.  He has worked for UPS, FedEx Freight, and Sears Holdings in industrial engineering and operations roles.  He currently works in consulting delivering operational excellence and industrial engineering solutions in the retail and healthcare spaces.  He is the current president of the Sustainable Development Division and on the board of the Body of Knowledge group.  

Binil Starly, Professor Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Bryan A. Norman, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering, Texas Tech University Room
Bryan has been a Texas Tech University faculty member for 25 years and his research focus is in logistics and supply chain with a current emphasis in healthcare delivery.

Krishnan Krishnaiyer, Partner - Center for Improvement, Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Krishnaiyer lives to transform processes to add value. Leveraging on his pioneering work on business excellence, he helps the organization to diagnose, design, deliver, and sustain mission-critical improvements and innovation. Throughout his career, Krishnaiyer developed and refined an award-winning program that brought accretive value to the enterprise and its customers in global markets. As a thought leader, coach, and mentor, he revitalized organizations to organically transform the Lean Six Sigma from a continuous improvement program to a productivity improvement effort, to digital transformation, and to a competitive advantage system by empowering aspiring leaders with tools, method, and skills to do so. He serves as the Partner at Center for Improvement for Marathon Petroleum Corporation, where he spearheads the process redesign, innovation and data analytics.  Before his current role, Krishnaiyer held process excellence leadership positions in world leading, companies in the manufacturing (The Goodyear Rubber and Tire), mail marketing (Metrogroup), and education (Pearson) industries. Krishnaiyer publishes in peer-reviewed journals and speaks in several international conferences. Krishnaiyer holds Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on Design and Manufacturing from The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Jose Monreal, Senior Technical Staff, Manufacturing and Test Engineering, Product Operations, Missile Systems, Raytheon Company
Jose is a Senior Technical Staff member for the Manufacturing & Test Engineering (MTE) group within the Operations Engineering & Support (OES) directorate, within Raytheon a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Previously, Monreal served as an Industrial Engineering Section Manager, leading 50+ Industrial Engineers, supporting all of Missile Systems’ Strategic Make Centers and all offsite locations. Earlier, Monreal served as an Industrial Engineering Lead for the Component Strategic Make Center comprised of Ultra-Precision Machining Center, Composites, RPM (Dallas), EOI (Richardson), and ELCAN (Canada) factories. In this role, Monreal provided facilitation and coordination between the make center leadership team and the embedded engineering team in the prioritization of process improvement and business capture projects. This included 5 year capital planning, AOP capital projects implementation and 5-Year Strategic Roadmaps. Prior to joining Raytheon Company, Monreal worked for Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway Company with over 20 years of experience in discrete and continuous manufacturing operations. Monreal has worked with and led teams in process improvement, process/project management, operations management and product development in domestic (TX, GA, CO, TN, OH) and international (Germany, Slovakia) assignments. He served in various roles from Operations Superintendent, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Production Manager, Process Engineer, to Quality Supervisor as well as TIG welder of exotic metal products. Monreal is a Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), serving on both the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) and the Body of Knowledge Governing Board. Monreal is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt by George Group, an Accenture acquisition. Monreal was awarded a Graduate Fellowship – Bridge to the Doctorate, from the National Science Foundation (NSF), one of only twelve candidates selected at the University of Arizona. 

Russell Wooten, IISE Fellow, SEMS President 2019 - 2021
Russell is the Chairman of the Board for Whole Earth Consulting & Engineering. He was formerly with the US Department of Homeland Security/ Transportation Security Administration in various management capacities for many years.

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Click on the links below to view or download the individual IEBoK knowledge areas:

0. Introduction

1. Work Design & Measurement

2. Operations Research & Analysis

3. Engineering Economic Analysis

4. Facilities Engineering & Energy Management

5. Quality & Reliability Engineering

6. Ergonomics & Human Factors

7. Operations Engineering & Management

8. Supply Chain Management

9. Engineering Management

10. Safety

11. Information Engineering

12. Design and Manufacturing Engineering

13. Related Topics
     13.1. Product Design & Development
     13.2. System Design & Engineering


What is the process for updating the IEBoK?

The IEBoK is an evolving document and there are defined windows of opportunities to make edits to the content for each knowledge area and its structure as well as the possibility of adding new knowledge areas. Policies and procedures are now available to submit recommendations for modifications or changes, please review these in the link below.

IEBoK Policies and Procedures


To propose changes to the Body of Knowledge, please complete the BoK Change Proposal Form and submit it to: bok.changes@iise.org

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