The Master’s Degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) educates engineers who can develop and lead businesses with an entrepreneurial mindset. The programme combines engineering with economic and human fundamentals to create value and efficiency. IEM studies explore the foundations of business and engineering processes and inspire a systemic, solution oriented engineering mindset to develop business.
The distinctive feature of IEM at Aalto University is its focus on strategic and entrepreneurial leadership in business development, complementing the approaches of classical industrial engineering on developing processes and complex systems. This combination emphasizes the focus on the capability to solve the right problems right, i.e. identify needs, define problems accordingly, and solve them effectively. The IEM program provides a cross-disciplinary skill set consisting of mathematical, technological, economic, and social competences that focuses on proactive problem solving in value creating processes. In essence, the ethos of IEM studies emphasizes a systemic, solution oriented engineering mindset. Building on these foundations, the program develops strong competencies for the creation and transformation of technology-based business combining strategic, operations, and people perspectives.
The generic aims of the education are listed below.
- Provide students with in-depth knowledge of the field of the major and give them the knowledge and skills needed to understand the challenges of the field from the points of view of users, technical and social systems, and the environment.
- Provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for operating as an expert and developer of the field.
- Provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods independently and, eventually, needed for scientific postgraduate education.
- Provide students with the language and communication skills needed to follow the scientific development of the field and to engage in scholarly communication in the field of science and technology.
The more detailed learning objectives concerning the field of major are described by each major and each course.
An expert and developer in the field of industrial engineering and management need to understand the engineering processes and the systems in order to be able to create and transform technology-based business. He or she should be able to follow and critically analyze development in a field of technology.
Skills and in-depth knowledge acquired in the field of the major combined with technical expertise acquired in the minor give graduates the knowledge and skills needed to understand the challenges of the field from the points of view of users, technical and social systems, and the environment.
The knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods independently are mainly acquired in the major studies. Combined with the master’s thesis, the knowledge and skills needed for scientific postgraduate education are achieved. The research assignment preceding the master’s thesis has an important role.