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Designed to blend business and engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering empowers students with the opportunity to deploy to virtually any application. So, if you ask an ISE major what they want in a career, don't be surprised if the answers vary widely -- they may even create their own position. 

"It is a very diverse and broad field," said Satomi Sugita, a sophomore ISE major and one of the first to enter the program. "You learn specific skills just like any other program, but the way you apply it and use it can happen everywhere, anywhere, and at any time."

As the only program of its kind in the region, the ISE program builds on coursework in engineering, math and sciences mixed with business over eight semesters.

"ISE focuses on optimizing and improving existing processes or systems. It may be looking at manufacturing processes, delivery systems, labor efficiency in a program, or even the way paperwork is filed within a company," Sugita said.

Sugita supplemented her major with summer research in the Temple Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Lab (TRAIL) with Prof. Philip Dames, and will work as an intern with Bechtel in its Digital Enterprise Program. She also helped start the Temple chapter of the International Society of Industrial and Systems Engineers, and is active in Society of Women Engineers Temple chapter, among other groups outside of her discipline.

All of it has informed her experience in the ISE program, to help systems work better, faster and more efficiently.

"Generally, you should be able to look at any process in any field and be able to identify what can be improved and how that can be done," Sugita said. "It gives you a unique set of skills you wouldn't otherwise have had that is useful anywhere."

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Temple IISE took over the college Instagram this weekend during their trip to the IISE Regional Conference.