1st Edition

The Story of Industrial Engineering The Rise from Shop-Floor Management to Modern Digital Engineering

By Adedeji B. Badiru Copyright 2019
    194 Pages
    by CRC Press

    194 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Recipient of the 2020 IISE Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award 

    Industrial engineering is the profession dedicated to making collective systems function better with less waste, better quality, and fewer resources, to serve the needs of society more efficiently and more effectively. This book uses a story-telling approach to advocate and elaborate the fundamental principles of industrial engineering in a simple, interesting, and engaging format. It will stimulate interest in industrial engineering by exploring how the tools and techniques of the discipline can be relevant to a broad spectrum of applications in business, industry, engineering, education, government, and the military.


    • Covers the origin of industrial engineering

    • Discusses the early pioneers and profiles the evolution of the profession

    • Presents offshoot branches of industrial engineering

    • Illustrates specific areas of performance measurement and human factors

    • Links industrial engineering to the emergence of digital engineering

    • Uses the author’s personal experience to illustrate his advocacy and interest in the profession

    Chapter 1. Ages of Human Development and Work Planning. Chapter 2. Emergence of Organized Production. 3. Elements of Industrial Revolution. 4. Early Production Practices. 5. Invention of Mass Production Techniques. 6. Shop Floor Management Practices. 7. Emergence of Union Movements. 8. Early Human Factors. Early Practices of Ergonomics. 10. The Days of Efficiency Experts. 11.The Concept of Cheaper by the Dozen. 12. Development of Manufacturing. 13. Management Engineering. 14. Early Management Principles and Movement. 15. Emergence of Formal Industrial Engineering. 16. Diversification of Industrial Engineering. 17. Fragmentation of Industrial Engineering. 18. Offshoot Professions and Specializations. 19. Keeping the Center Holding. 20. Splinter Areas of IE. 21. Shadow Function of IE. 22. Sustaining the Profession under a Common Core. 23. References. Bibliography for Further Reading.


    Adedeji B. Badiru is a professor of systems engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).  He was previously Professor and Head of Systems Engineering and Management at AFIT, Professor and Department Head of Industrial & Information Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Dean of University College at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.  He is a registered professional engineer (PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.  He holds BS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Mathematics, and MS in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida.  He is a prolific author and has won national and international awards for his scholarly, leadership, and professional accomplishments. He is a member of several professional associations and scholastic honor societies.