Body of Knowledge

What is Industrial and Systems Engineering?

Industrial and systems engineering (ISE) is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skill in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.

What is the Industrial and Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge?

These documents represent a repository of essential information for ISE and is made up of knowledge areas representing a taxonomy of relevant industrial and systems engineering concepts. The Industrial and Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (ISEBoK) is composed of fourteen knowledge areas. Each knowledge area is represented by an outline that defines what needs to be known to achieve a mastery in the field of ISE. A list of references is included in each knowledge area providing the reader with a resource to the requisite detail necessary to obtain a mastery of the areas provided in the ISEBoK.

Download All BoK Areas ( pdf )

Click on the links below to view or download the individual ISEBoK knowledge areas:

1. Work Design & Measurement

2. Operations Research & Analysis

3. Engineering Economic Analysis

4. Facilities Engineering & Energy Management

5. Quality & Reliability Engineering

6. Ergonomics & Human Factors

7. Operations Engineering & Management

8. Supply Chain Management

9. Engineering Management

10. Safety

11. Information Engineering

12. Design and Manufacturing Engineering  

13. Product Design & Development

14.   System Design & Engineering

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What is the process for updating the ISEBoK?

The ISEBoK is an evolving document and there are defined windows of opportunities to make edits to the content for each knowledge area and its structure as well as the possibility of adding new knowledge areas. Policies and procedures are now available to submit recommendations for modifications or changes, please review these in the link below.

ISEBoK Policies and Procedures

To propose changes to the ISEBoK complete this form and submit it to:

Click here to find the ISEBoK Governing Board 2023 – 2024.