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Penn State Industrial Engineering

An Internet Resource Guide for Incoming Freshmen Fall 2013

Patrick Reilly, Andrea Rochat 5/28/2013


Table of Contents

Guide Information What is in this guide..3 Who this guide is for.3 What the guide assumes4 Organization of the guide..4 Success in the Classroom IIE.5 Penn State Industrial Engineering.6 Catalysts for Hydroprocessing Mixtures of Heavy Oil and Coal.7 Making Quality Profitable8 Success Outside of the Classroom Penn State Fitness.9 Penn State Engineering House.10

What is in this Guide

The contents of this Internet Resource Guide provided to you will help you be successful during your time at Penn State. The guide will provide information regarding the major of Industrial Engineering to prepare students for what is awaiting them when they arrive at Penn State. The guide will teach students an introduction into the program and showcase what Industrial Engineers actually do in the workforce. Additionally, this guide will provide information on how to succeed in the classroom by providing information regarding the department itself as well as resources to sample exams and Special Living Options for engineers. Finally, this guide will provide information to students regarding ways to stay successful outside of the classroom by keeping healthy and getting involved.

Who this Guide is for

This guide is for High School Seniors or Adult Learners who have been accepted into Penn State and intend to major in Industrial Engineering. Most likely, many of these students will change your intentions to major in this program by the time your Sophomore year declaration of major comes about, so this guide will serve to help those who will continue with this program, as well as those who may be entering the major contrary to what they declared their freshman year.

What the Guide Assumes

The assumptions made by this guide are made in order to specifically address problems for incoming Freshmen Industrial Engineers so that it may provide a more tailored experience. As such, it is assumed that all readers are incoming freshmen or parents of incoming freshmen, and that each student has been accepted to the Penn State Industrial Engineering program. Additionally, this guide assumes that the reader has attended orientation and knows how to operate websites such as ANGEL with the PSU user id and password.

Organization of the Guide

This guide is organized by two sections; success in the classroom and success outside of the classroom. The success in the classroom section is designed to provide students with resources that will directly aid them in their academic ventures here at Penn State. In particular, these resources will provide students with information on how to become a world class Industrial Engineer. Additionally, the success outside of the classroom section provides students with supplemental information not discussed in NSO (New Student Orientation) and therefore will enhance the experience of the Penn State student.

Success in the Classroom

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Institute of Industrial Engineers The Institute for Industrial Engineers (IIE) is a professional organization which helps members network, keep up to date on research/information pertaining to Industrial Engineers, and to provide training related to Industrial Engineers. This site is a periodical index of all information IE related and is the best source for discovering news and new developments related to the IE field. Additionally, the Institute of Industrial Engineers provides students and professionals a means to network through annual conferences and competitions. This is important, because during your time at Penn State, you will have the opportunity to join the student chapter of this organization, where you can get involved and work with faculty outside of the classroom. This involvement does not just include classroom activities, but also includes activities such as THON and intramural sports to allow students to learn about their peers on a personal, more intimate, basis. This organization also looks great on a resume when looking for internships/full time jobs.

TIPS: Check website periodically for news and updates Join as a student for lower membership dues Get as involved as possible as professional organizations look great on a resume!

2. Penn State Industrial Engineering Website The Industrial Engineering Department page allows students to access information regarding which classes they should schedule, which electives they should take, information about faculty, etc. This is an important resource, therefore, due to the fact that it will provide students with all information regarding the department and what is happening. For example, the student curriculum may, at one point, change during their career at Penn State. The student handbook provided to students obviously would not reflect this change, but the department website certainly would. The IE website also allows students to access the IE intranet which is a crucial tool for success as it allows students to complete safety certifications, request materials, and request machines.

TIPS: Explore the site to see information on which classes need to be taken Look around at pictures of the building and labs Examine the faculty profiles and get to know them; students will have most faculty members by graduation time

3. Catalysts for Hydroprocessing Mixtures of Heavy Oil and Coal This particular resource, written in 1986, is a journal entry pertaining to the field of Industrial Engineering and Chemistry. It is a good example of a case study related to the IE field because of the information contained. The journal discusses the chemistry behind a catalyst in a chemical reaction and uses Design of Experiments to conduct a study. Design of Experiments is a statistical tool for testing the significance of experimental factors that all Industrial Engineering students will encounter multiple times in their classes and in the workforce, and in this journal, the use of this statistical tool can be seen in full detail. Additionally, the journal showcases the microstructure of the coal particles when the catalyst is used which is directly related to Industrial Engineering coursework, as IE students must take Material Science and Engineering Mechanics courses.

TIPS: Look to see if the information is interesting to you; this is what you will be doing Read over the statistical analysis to see how the process is done Review microstructure pictures and try to draw your own analysis

4. Making Quality Profitable Making Quality Profitable is a journal published by the Institute of Industrial Engineers between 1997-1998 discussing how Quality Control directly affects profitability of a company. Many IE students do not know that they have the most finance based engineering major offered at Penn State. Financial Engineering is a large part of the curriculum and IE students will take several courses in this field. This journal is a good example of what an IE might do with this knowledge, because it applies the skills of financial engineering with Quality Control (improvement of a process based on statistical and qualitative analysis), which in itself is another integral part of the IE curriculum.

TIPS: Try to see if you can understand the financial aspect of the journal Learn about Quality Control and how it applies to Industry

Success Outside of the Classroom

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Penn State Fitness The freshman 15 does exist at Penn State, with 15 being a kind estimation. Between all of the great food and ice cream, it is easy for high school students to come in and completely let themselves go. There are four gyms at Penn State available to students having the fitness membership. Having a gym membership with the option of taking fitness classes can help you stay in shape while you indulge in all of the culinary wonders of Penn State.

TIPS: Determine a workout plan for yourself and stick to it If you have no workout experience, schedule to work with a personal trainer through the website

6. Penn State Engineering House

The Engineering Special Living Option (E-House) is designed to place engineering students together in West Halls at Penn State. This allows you to be with other engineering students who you will likely have class with, or who have already taken classes you are and can help you in a variety of ways. This is extremely useful for creating study groups as well as providing students an advantage for making new acquaintances at Penn State, as the Engineering House students will learn about each other on a less formal basis than they would by just meeting each other in the classroom. If E-House does not sound like something a student would be interested in, it is still in best interest of the student to use the site for the benefit of the practice exams for most freshman required classes and study guides provided.

TIPS: Seriously consider living here if you think it is a good fit Navigate to the past exams page whenever possible to test your knowledge of class material prior to an exam