Master of Science in Engineering "Diplôme d'Ingénieur"

Industrial system design, optimization and management

Course director

Gilles Simonin

At the crossroads of industrial engineering and information technology, this theme, anchored in the industry of the future, is designed to address the needs relating to the design, optimization and control of industrial systems in a globalized context. In its definition, the industry of the future pushes the classical boundries of industrial engineering tools.

The theme addresses three aspects of industrial systems: first, the increasing sophistication of products (physical objects but also flows, or even services), with increasingly diverse and complex production systems (increased robotisation, versatility, modularity, etc.). Second, the need for responsiveness to customer demand and uncertainty. And finally, the volume of information to be processed throughout the product life cycle, which helps with decision-making, but requires a good command of new tools (business software, etc.).

To meet design, optimization and management needs throughout the supply chain, both in production (chain design, planning, scheduling, projections, etc.) and in logistics and transportation (network design, storage, distribution, etc.), the engineer of tomorrow will need to understand and master the contributions of research in optimization and decision support sciences. Future engineers will thus have to master these tools to deal with decision-making, in relation to present and future industrial realities. They will also develop an understanding of the production of goods or services, whatever the business sector, relating to logistics and production issues in the sense of any physical or information flow. The tools examined will help students enhance their skills in designing, optimizing and managing these flows.

Industrial system design, optimization and management

Opportunities and careers

Engineers following this theme will be able to get a good grasp of emerging needs, and contribute to innovative solutions by relying on decision support and optimization techniques for industrial engineering. At the heart of an unprecedented revolution, industry must reinvent itself in the years to come, so our engineers will be at the forefront of this transformation throughout the entire logistics chain.

This course aims to train engineers for professions throughout the supply chain:  from logistics to production management, supply management and more, in industrial sectors. However, profiles in industrial consulting or project management assistance, for example, in the context of service companies or publishers, will also be possibilites for students having studied this theme.

Target companies

All sectors of industry and services that are concerned by decision support. The target companies are:

  • major groups in all industrial sectors (energy, aeronautics, automotive, agri-food, mass distribution, luxury goods, health, transport, public services, etc.),
  • general or specialized computer engineering services companies (SSII),
  • consulting firms.

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