The American Institute of Industrial Engineers (AIIE) defines Industrial Engineering as follows:

Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of men, materials and equipment. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, social, and physical 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.

The prime of objectives of industrial engineering are (1) to increase productivity, (2) to eliminate waste and non-value-added activities, and (3) to come up with the optimum use of scarce resources that would bring out the best results.