WISE is an internationally renowned, multi-faceted, customer-focused organization that assists industry in a cost-competitive manner while concurrently enhancing the competitiveness of industry.

Through WISE, graduate students at the Master's and PhD levels, as well as some undergraduate students, are brought together with federal and industry sponsors to conduct innovative industry-based research. They not only attend graduate school, but get the opportunity to earn real-life experience, to make invaluable contacts and to collaborate closely with distinguished faculty on cutting-edge research.

After we work with the sponsor to identify problems that are in their critical path, WISE students and faculty develop customized solutions to those problems, starting from the conceptual framework to a comprehensive implementation and follow-up analyses. The skill sets used vary from traditional industrial and systems engineering tools to advanced methodologies, and greatly depend on the nature of the problem.

Watson Institute for Systems Excellence, or WISE, is a part of the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY.

It's a WISE investment

"We work hard to find cost-competitive ways to provide valuable research to businesses while offering graduate students a top-flight education."
- Krishnaswami Srihari, Dean and Distinguished Professor, Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, and WISE Director

"The Binghamton University WISE Program has been an extremely effective alliance for IBM Corporation. WISE gives us access to fresh, young talent with current and relevant skills who integrate well with our organization and provide a very favorable return on investment to our business."
- Michael Testani, MS ’02, IBM Learning Consultant and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

"WISE provides a perfect blend of academic and business reality to prepare students well for their careers. It helps build a great network, and the experience adds significant credibility while applying for jobs. Corporations value such exposure, which is limited to few universities."
- Balakrishnan Iyer, '00, Director of Business Development GE Commercial Finance

"The 'Industry-based research model' which WISE provides its students, is extremely helpful for the overall growth of the student, both technical and personal. I'm confident that the experience I gained through the WISE program will help me succeed in any environment."
- Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, '08, Research sponsored by IBM Corporation, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Last Updated: 11/26/13