The oldest Industrial Engineering Department in the world - Penn State IE was formed by Hugo Diemer in 1909
Hugo Diemer was an alumnus of Ohio State He had established a pioneering program of engineering management at the University of Kansas He became the head of mechanical engineering of Penn State in 1907. Diemer had worked both as a teacher and as a consultant to private industry. He prepared a proposal for blending the principles of scientific management espoused by Frederick Taylor with those of engineering education. Dean Jackson recognized the merit of the proposal, with the trustees' concurrence, implemented a two-year course in industrial engineering within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. By 1909, this course had become so popular that a four-year curriculum was developed. Shortly thereafter, the Department of Industrial Engineering was formed with Diemer as head . This department absorbed the two-year mechanic arts course and became the first department of its kind in the nation.
Some Interesting Books on Industrial Engineering
Vernon Horace Middleton, Industrial Fatigue and Efficiency, first printing 1921. NY, Arno Press, 1977.
Tichauer, E.R., The Biomechanical Basis of Ergonomics: Anatomy Applied to the Design of Work Situations, NY, John Wiley & Sons, 1978
Emerson, Howard P. & Naehring, Douglas. The Origins of Industrial Engineering Norcross, GA: Industrial Engineering and Management Press (IIE) 1988
Rabinbach, Anson. The Human Motor Energy, Fatigue and the Origins of Modernity , Berkeley, Los Angeles: Univ. of Calif. Press, 1990.