The department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISysE) was established in 1971 as one of 7 inaugural departments. It started with a graduate program, and opened its undergraduate program in 1991. Since its establishment, the department has been recognized to be one of the best IE departments in the country and immensely contributed to the advancement and dissemination of the body of knowledge in industrial engineering.
In 2008, the department changed its name from Industrial Engineering to Industrial & Systems Engineering to emphasize the systems thinking that underlies our research and education. In 2016, it expanded its graduate program by merging with the graduate program of Knowledge Service Engineering (KSE). Currently, the department offers a single undergraduate program and two graduate programs educating approximately 300 students.
KAIST ISysE is committed to creating knowledge and technologies that will shape the future of industrialization for the benefit of humankind. We believe this is a responsibility that an elite member of industrial engineering community. As such, we have established our vision to be
Under this vision, we define three missions as follows:
1) To strive for the Best, First, Only in research and education in scientific decision making and system analysis
We make purposeful efforts to produce outcomes that are the best, never done before, or unique. By doing so, we will be recognized for our excellence, innovativeness, and uniqueness.
2) To foster open and caring community
We believe in diversity as our guiding principle. Promoting diversity requires open-mindedness and comradery toward all members of our community.
3) To promote highest level of ethics as a global citizen
We always maintain our integrity in our professional and personal life, and we recognize that it is our responsibility to make our society a better place.
Excellence in research and education by the department has been well recognized; some of the recent examples of such recognition include the top ranked IE department in the nation (JoongAng Daily’s Korean University Ranking) and the best graduate program in Smart Factory research (BK21+ by National Research Foundation). With its young, high-caliber faculty members, the department embraces today’s challenges and opportunities brought about by the 4th industrial revolution, and commits itself to continued excellence in research and education to shape the future of industrial engineering.