Friday, February 3, 2012

The First Industrial Engineering Program in the World at The Pennsylvania State University


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 [1]. 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

Gilbreth, Frank, Motion Study, NY, D. Van Nostrand Co., 1911.
Going, Charles Buxton. Principles of Industrial Engineering, NY: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1911.
Taylor, Frederick W., The Principles of Scientific Management, NY, Harper and Bros., 1911 and 1923.
Gilbreth, Frank & Lillian, Fatigue Study, NY, Sturgis & Walton Co., 1916. Revised Edition, The MacMillan Co., 1920. [Reprint, Hive Publishing, 1973]
Gilbreth, Frank & Lillian, Applied Motion Study, NY, Sturgis & Walton Co., 1917.
Gilbreth, Frank & Lillian, Time and Motion Study As Fundamental Factors in Planning and Control, New Jersey, The Mountainside Press, 1921. [booklet]
Haber, Samuel. Efficiency and Uplift: Scientific Management in the Progressive Era 1890-1920, Chicago & London, The Univ. of Chicago Press, 1964.

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.

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