Have you ever considered becoming an industrial engineer?  Maybe you’re not quite sure what industrial engineering is but want to find out more? This past December a number of prospective MSOE students and parents came to our first ever Industrial Engineering (IE) Visit Day. As a senior IE student here at MSOE, it was awesome to see so many new faces interested in my favorite major!

The day began with a game in our brand new industrial engineering innovations lab, which includes cool stuff like a walking workstation, a Mediascape, and even a couch area for lounging! Then the visiting students were able to hear from a few of our current IE professors on what industrial engineering is and possible career opportunities. Next, three current students came to lead tour groups through some of our other industrial engineering labs. Stops were made at the HAAS-VF1, where each student received a machined MSOE block personalized with their initials (pictured above), the FESTO where there was a demonstration of flexible manufacturing, and ABBY, a robot which challenged them to a game of Tic Tac Toe. After 3 or 4 losses, someone in the group I led finally beat ABBY so that was fun!

Lunch at the Grohmann museum wrapped up the day for most of the visitors. There was an informal setup for lunch where the visiting students were free to mingle with admissions counselors, current industrial engineering students and professors. There were also cross word puzzles which challenged everyone to remember what was learned earlier in the day. Overall, the industrial engineering visit day was a great success! Hopefully there will be some familiar faces in the industrial engineering freshman class next fall, and some new faces too if you weren’t able to make it that day!

Written by: Carol Smith Cayo, Senior IE student