IIE Overview

IIE is the global association of productivity and efficiency professionals specializing in industrial engineering, healthcare, ergonomics and other related professions. Our mission is to advance our profession through networking, training and knowledge sharing.

IIE has been active since 1948 and thousands of members can attest to the value of membership. Whether you’re just starting your career or you’re an industry leader, IIE has opportunities for you to advance your career and stature in the industry. Join us today and become part of our global community.

Here’s what you get for joining IIE


IIE events and social networking sites attract industry leaders in industrial and systems engineering, manufacturing, ergonomics, healthcare management, quality, logistics and other related fields. The contact possibilities are boundless with more than 13,000 members, thousands more who follow us on Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter, and more who regularly attend our events representing some of the most influential companies and institutions in the world. Networking is often listed as the top reason professionals join IIE.


IIE members receive significant discounts when they register for conferences, seminars and training programs. Taking advantage of the savings offered with just one event or course more than covers the annual cost of membership. Members also can take advantage of IIE affinity programs for discounts on services from popular companies.


IIE produces almost a dozen conferences each year that bring together hundreds of professionals to share ideas and learn from experts on myriad topics for continuously improving quality, productivity and efficiency. IIE’s premiere event is its IIE Annual Conference & Expo, and there are four other major conferences that cover health systems, ergonomics, lean and Six Sigma, and enterprise transformation. IIE also offers one-day agile conferences and plant tours on topics such as work standards, supply chain management, and lean and Six Sigma in healthcare.

With more than 60 years of experience and more than 75 current offerings, IIE is a trusted continuing education resource for IIE members and nonmembers. But it’s the members who receive the discounts for as much as 40 percent off of courses. Work toward a Six Sigma black belt, earn certificates to prove your expertise in lean, train to manage projects more effectively, or prepare to take the P.E. exam. IIE offers courses throughout the year that are essential to your success. Classroom training is available at our headquarters just outside of Atlanta as well as other locations across the country. And several of our most popular courses are available online, on-demand for greater convenience. We also offer customized on-site training for corporations wishing to train large groups of employees more efficiently.

IIE’s webinars are a quick way to obtain practical knowledge on everything from lean sigma certification to how to be a better volunteer leader. They have become so popular that they are taking place two to three times each month. And they are absolutely free for members!

Industry-Leading Publications 

Often cited as the top member benefit over the years, the award-winning Industrial Engineer magazine is free and full of content that IEs and IE types need to remain current, savvy professionals. You can be hands-on and read your hard copy, or you can read it online at www.iienet.org/IEmagazine. And members of IIE’s Society for Engineering and Management Systems receive the highly respected Industrial Management magazine, which is produced bimonthly.

Research Journals
IIE Transactions, IIE’s flagship research journal, is one of the most well-respected and highly rated journals in the engineering field. IIE also publishes The Engineering EconomistIIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, the Journal of Enterprise Transformation and the upcoming IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors. And members receive discounts on all of them.

Awards and Competitions 

IE honors and awards acknowledge achievements of professionals and students in academia and industry, elevating the profession and elevating the reputation of members who aim high and meet their goals. For a full description of all awards, scholarships, and competitions, go to the www.iienet.org/honors.

Career Center 

Regardless of how well or how poorly the economy is doing, there will always be companies in need of good employees and people seeking job opportunities. Individuals can view job offerings, post an anonymous resume and create job alerts, while companies can post jobs and scroll through the many qualified candidates who have posted resumes. IIE’s Career Center is a one-stop shop for hiring parties and job seekers.

Member Directory 

Have you ever met a great professional contact at an IIE event but lost his business card? What about that time you meant to catch up with a speaker after a session and got tied up by someone else before you could get to her? Well if they are IIE members, then the IIE member directory has you covered, and only IIE members have access to it. It’s also an easy way to find colleagues and subject matter experts in a hurry because you can search by title, company, job function and several other qualifiers.

Chapters & Regions 

IIE boasts many professional and student chapters and regions around the world. They provide an opportunity for members to meet face-to-face on a regular basis with programs that often include speakers and facility tours. It also leads to community involvement and the ability to raise awareness of the profession and how it can make a difference to local businesses and projects.

Social Networking 

Post questions and get thoughtful answers, connect with your peers, or chime in on timely discussion topics on IIE’s LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter sites. Between the three sites, we are nearly 20,000 members strong and counting. And take some time to read about the latest goings-on in the industry on the IIE blog site. Join IIE’s social networking groups today and join the conversation!

Societies and Divisions 

People who study industrial engineering take on all kinds of roles in the professional world. Just as doctors and lawyers specialize, you could say that IEs often specialize in various areas. IIE offers groups for some of the more prominent fields that we claim under the industrial engineering umbrella. So even if you’re not an IE by training, you have an opportunity to join with like-minded professionals in areas such as health systems, ergonomics, engineering management, process industries, lean, quality and reliability engineering, and many others. The groups provide members with a connection to specialized technical content, such as monthly newsletters, as well as peers who have challenges similar to their own.

Student Center 

Students get to enjoy the same benefits as professional members at a much lower dues rate, and they can participate in numerous networking, leadership development, and skill-building opportunities designed just for them, such as student-focused sessions and student competitions at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo. Student members also are eligible for various scholarships and fellowships as well as student achievement awards.

Terminology Access 

Looking for the definition of a technical concept that you know you can’t find in just any dictionary? Search IIE’s online terminology guide – a dictionary of industrial engineering terms. More than 12,000 entries have been compiled from the latest edition of Industrial Engineering Terminology.

Affinity Program Discounts 

National companies, such as UPS, Liberty Mutual, Hertz and Allied Movers, offer discounts to you through your membership; and, in turn, they provide a percentage of revenue back to the IIE Foundation, which funds student scholarships and fellowships. When you use these great services, you help yourself and IIE.

Add it up. Your membership in IIE pays for itself hundreds of times over through networking, conferences, seminars, social networking, publications, job support and much more. It’s all to ensure your professional development, and you don’t have to be an industrial engineer to take advantage of it. But you do have to be an IIE member. Join today.

Working on Your Behalf

Your membership helps support IIE programs that benefit the whole profession:

Elevates the image and prominence of industrial engineers. By bestowing awards that recognize the achievements of prominent IEs, taking part in high-profile events such as National Engineers Week, and working on campaigns that put industrial engineering in the minds of the public, IIE raises the awareness of contributions made by industrial engineers.

Ensures the continued value of an industrial engineering degree. Through funding and volunteer training, IIE provides ABET accreditation of educational institutions, which ensures the ongoing value of an industrial engineering degree. And to support professional engineering licensure, IIE provides test question evaluation as well as test preparation classes.

Supports industrial engineering education. Scholarships, technical competitions, educational colloquia, and diversity programs are aimed at helping undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who study industrial engineering so they’ll be successful in their chosen career.

Promotes engineering as a career. Partnering with high-school teachers, career counselors, and even elementary schools, IIE offers a way for young people to see their future in engineering.

IIE Leadership:
How We Are Organized

A volunteer-driven association, the Institute of Industrial Engineers relies on its Board of Trustees—elected from and by the membership—to provide leadership and overall direction to all IIE activities and operations.

A professional administrative staff provides operational
support and development as directed by the Board of Trustees.

Additional leadership is provided by boards, and committees
made up of volunteer members like you.
Are you a hands-on, get involved person?
Find out more about how to volunteer with IIE at www.iienet.org/volunteer.

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